The 5000 meter sprint for women event was
inducted in the Olympics very late. However, today, it is one of the
popular events in the Olympics. Not only does the event tests the
physical strength and stamina of the participants but also mental
tenacity. Winning a medal in 5000 meter race event in Olympics is a
milestone for any woman athlete and it becomes a livid memory
The 5000 meter running event for women debuted in the Olympics in
the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. After that, it has always been played
in the Olympics.
- The length and breadth of the running track used for the
track events during the Olympics has been fixed by the
International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF.
- Players are banned from running inside the inner curve of the
track, or to step on the inner line of the track when running.
- If an athlete commits two false starts, she is disqualified.
- Any athlete found obstructing the race will attract
- If a runner steps out of the track during the race, she is
barred from further participation.
- The athlete who is unable to make it to the finishing line is
not given any for credit for her performance.
- Automatic timing devices approved by IAAF must be used for
measurement of time.
- The IAAF has determined the radius of the outside lane of the
running track. It should not exceed 50 meter in length.
- People are asked to participate in preliminary heats when the
number of athletes in the event is more than twelve. Winners in
the preliminaries enter the next round. All the participants
have to participate in the heats.
Top performers in 5000 meter sprint for women are Isabella Ochichi,
Sonia O'Sullivan, Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, Pauline Konga,
Gabriela Szabo, Wang Junxia, and Gete Wami.