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London Olympic Games 2012: 10,000m Women’s race preview

Updated on June 19, 2013

One of the most thrilling long distance races to watch in London Olympic Games 2012 will surely be 10,000m Women race. The race comprises of 25 grueling track laps with extremely fast pace for a long distance race. The race also needs participating athletes to employ long distance running tactics like fast pace with constant rhythm either individually or as a team.

The athletes to watch here will definitely be athletes from long distance running countries, notably from team Kenya and team Ethiopia. These two countries have been long time rivals in long distance running, not only in 10,000m Women’s race but also in other long distance races.

Watch Double world champion in 5,000m and 10,000 Vivian Cheruiyot at London Olympics 2012
Watch Double world champion in 5,000m and 10,000 Vivian Cheruiyot at London Olympics 2012 | Source

The London Olympic Games 2012 Kenyan Women team in 10,000m is comprised of double world champion Vivian Cheruiyot, World silver medalist Sally Kipyego and Joyce Cheruiyot.

Both Vivian Cheruiyot and Sally Kipyego represented Kenya in World Athletics Championship in Daegu, South Korea in 2011 and grabbed gold and silver respectively.

The two Kenyan athletes will also compete in 5,000m Women race and will attempt to grab a rare double Olympic gold medal.

Of notable miss out in the Kenyan team is Linet Masai, herself an accomplished long distance runner teasingly referred to as “long strides girl” by the media, thanks to her long running strides.

The Kenyan London Olympic trials held in Nairobi were so stiff that accomplished and experience athletes like Linet Masai could not make it.

The London Olympic Games 2012 Ethiopian Women team for 10,000m comprises of Meselech Melkamu, the second-fastest woman of all-time over 10,000m, Tirunesh Dibaba, double Olympic champion and former world champion Meseret Defar.

10,000m Women race should be a breathtaking performance to watch considering the quality of athletes. Once the race start, the field takes up the first two or three laps slowly almost like warming up the track.

What will follow after the fourth lap or so are Kenyans and Ethiopians trying to shed off the rest of the pack using all manner of tricks and tactics.

One of the tricks and tactics commonly employed by Kenyans and Ethiopians runners is where a member of either team leads the pack with a blistering pace for two or three laps. Once she is done, she will fall back and another member of the team will take over. This tactic helps to maintain the pace of the race and also as a tactic to shed off other athletes who cannot keep up with the fast pace.

(L-R) Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia and Jennifer Rhines of United States compete in a past IAAF World Championship.
(L-R) Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia and Jennifer Rhines of United States compete in a past IAAF World Championship. | Source
Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia
Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia | Source

By the time we are in the 20th lap, the weaker have fallen out and others have been lapped up, the pace is so devastating that only the strong can keep up with the leading pack.

Usually, at this stage the Kenyans and Ethiopians will try to burn off each other by making the pace almost unbearable.

The last lap is usually for the strongest to take it up and it becomes more of a show if we still have a number of strong Kenyans and Ethiopians athletes entering into the last lap.

The last 300m almost turns into a dash and only the strongest with a killer finishing kick will take it up and grab that gold.

Kenyans and Ethiopians have dominated this race for a long time and pushed it a notch higher to point where it will be almost impossible for other athletes to pose any challenge at the London Olympic Games.

This race should be a battle between Kenyans Vivian Cheruiyot and Sally Kipyego, Ethiopians Tirunesh Dibaba, Meselech Melkamu and Werknesh Kidane, Elizaveta Grechishnikova of Russia and Shalane Flanagan of USA.

That is not to say that other countries will not rise up to the occasion and present their best, Olympic Games presets a lot of surprises and upsets.

Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, from her own mouth said she has waited for too long to compete against Tirunesh Dibaba. These two athletes will definitely provide a spectacular show in London Olympics 2012 as each quest to prove to the world who is the queen of long distance running and more so in 10,000m.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Addy, i agree Tirunesh is the queen of long distance running. congrats!!

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      @Addy 5 years ago

      Please don't be in doubt for Next. If Turunesh is in a race , worry about the silver and bronze . The Gold is already with her!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi soccer-world, thanks for the visit and comment. I hope you are enjoying London Olympics.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Meas, i agree Tirunesh Dibaba is talented and today for sure we'll see a thrilling race between her, Kenya Vivian Cheruiyot and other talented athletes. May the best athlete win.

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      Meas 5 years ago

      U gonna see turunesh dibbaba incredible talent from ethiopia

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      It is true c.licursi-caffin, Olympics spirit keep us united. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      c.licursi-caffin 5 years ago

      The best part of the Olympics is people from all over are together competing for their county and for individual success; most of all "together" for a positive journey. We are all equal and we all deserve a chance and the best.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks lord de cross for your kind words, Olympic is such a great event that draws people together. I'm glad you enjoyed reading.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Excellent article and great athletes from Ethiopia and Kenya. 10,000m Women race with those tactics will atract many viewers from all over the world. Kenyans Vivian Cheruiyot and Sally Kipyego, Ethiopians Tirunesh Dibaba, Meselech Melkamu and Werknesh Kidane are surely the envy from teams from Russia and other competitors. Great read!

      LORD

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Anil and Honey for the comment. India is very good in sports, they are the kings of Cricket and i really envy them.

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      Anil 5 years ago from Kerala

      This hub is very interesting and very good, My country India ,was a good performer in Olympics.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks GDRshop for reading, expect thrilling Olympics Games.

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      GDRshop 5 years ago

      can't wait to see the upcoming Olympics!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      bdegiulio, USA is always a big achiever in Olympics. I'm a fun of Nick Symmonds and can't wait to see him compete in London. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is great. Was waiting for someone to start writing about the Olympics. Will be watching for more previews. Thanks for sharing.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks ChristyWrites for reading and your comment. I know your team, team Canada is very good in sprints and i'm eagerly waiting to see them at the Olympics. Thanks for sharing this hub, you are so kind.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow you are providing us with quality coverage on our trek up to the Olympics! Good work.