Best race: World Championships, Paris 2003
IN 2001, Berhane Adere had missed out on world gold by four hundredths of a second to Derartu Tulu in a strange race which only came to life when Paula Radcliffe took off in the final mile.
The 2002 world athlete of the year Radcliffe was disappointingly missing from Paris, despite showing world-beating road form a few weeks later, but the pace was fast from the start with China’s Sun Yingjie and then Netherlands’ Lornah Kiplagat setting a quick pace with halfway reached in 15:06.53.
The good pace continued throughout with Sun surging through a 68-second penultimate lap. That could not shake off Adere, who powered past on the last lap and covered the last 200m in 29.9 to set an African record 30:04.18 and go third all-time behind Wang and Radcliffe.
Even though drop-outs included all-time greats Tulu and Fernanda Ribeiro, the marks behind were also exceptional with best times for places from second to 16th.
Result: 1 Berhane Adere (ETH) 30:04.18; 2 Worknesh Kidane (ETH) 30:07.15; 3 Sun Yingjie (CHN) 30:07.20; 4 Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 30:12.53; 5 Alia Zhilyayeva (RUS) 30:23.07; 6 Galina Bogomolova (RUS) 30:26.20; 7 Xing Huina (CHN) 30:31.55; 8 Benita Johnson
(AUS) 30:37.68; 9 Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH) 31:01.17; 10 Jelena Prokopcuka (LAT) 31:06.14; 11 Kayoko Fukushi (JPN) 31:10.57; 12 Deena Drossin (USA) 31:17.86
Berhane Adere: global gold in 2003