Thursday, 19 July 2012

[London 2012] Today's question (16)

Athletics again on the track, but shorter distance. The question is:

Who will win the Women's 5000 m race?

First of all, I have to say that Romania will be represented at this event by Roxana Bârcă (photo), age 24, with a PB of 15'13.40" over this distance, set one month ago at Helsinki at the European Championships, when she finished in 5th place. The race was won by Olga Golovkina (RUS) in 15'11.70", who will try to reach the first position at the Olympics, too.
At the World Championships held in Daegu last year, the race was dominated by the usual countries: Kenya and Ethiopia. The winner was Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) in 14'55.36", followed by Sylvia Kibett (KEN) and Meseret Defar (ETH). They all will be competing again at London in this race. Tirunesh Dibaba (KEN), the double 5000 & 10000 m Beijing Gold medallist, will also try to defend her title. She was injured until the beginning of 2012 and didn't compete in the major races of the last couple of years.

My answer for today is: Tirunesh Dibaba. In spite of her injuries I mentioned, I think she will have the capability to win the 5000 m again. It will be a tough race between the Kenyans, the Ethiopians and the other contenders, though. The team strategy will be decisive at the end.

Final: Friday, 10.08, 8:05 PM GMT

1 comment:

  1. She lead the race until close to the finish, but her teammate Meseret Defar had a better final sprint and won the Gold medal. Results:
    1. Meseret Defar (ETH): 15'04.25"
    2. Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN): 15'04.73"
    3. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH): 15'05.15"