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10000 m Medalists Falter in World University Games Women's 5000 m

by Brett Larner

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The double proved difficult for the three women's 10000 m medalists in the 2011 World University Games women's 5000 m.  10000 m 4th-placer Triyaningsih of Indonesia took the race out conservatively, running 3:14.58 and 3:17.11 for the first 2000 m.  Turkey's Binnaz Uslu then took over, leading in 3:17.93 and 3:16.31 through 4000 m.  With much of the field still in the race it came down to the fastest closer.  Uslu impressed as she and Portugal's Sara Moreira broke away from the field.  Uslu cracked Moreira over the bell lap, running 2:45.22 for the last 1000 m to win gold in a PB of 15:41.15.  Moreira split 2:49.90 to finish 2nd in 15:45.83 ahead of Russian Natalia Popkova, 3rd in 15:52.55.  10000 m gold medalist Fadime Suna dropped out partway, leaving Japan's 10000 m silver medalist Hanae Tanaka (Bukkyo Univ.) as the top placer in the 5000 m, 6th in 16:04.05.  Her teammate Mai Ishibashi (Bukkyo Univ.), the 10000 m bronze medalist, was 9th in 16:14.58 ahead of Triyaningsih who ended up 10th in 16:26.06.

2011 World University Games Women's 5000 m
Shenzhen, China, 8/20/11
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1. Binnaz Uslu (Turkey) - 15:41.15 - PB
2. Sara Moreira (Portugal) - 15:45.83
3. Natalia Popkova (Russia) - 15:52.55
4. Stevie Leanne Stockton (U.K.) - 15:59.22
5. Layes Abdullayeva (Azerbaijan) - 16:03.13
6. Hanae Tanaka (Bukkyo Univ.) - 16:04.05
7. Alfiya Khasanova (Russia) - 16:10.60
8. Roxana Elisabeta Birca (Romania) - 16:11.94
9. Mai Ishibashi (Bukkyo Univ.) - 16:14.58
10. Triyaningsih (Indondesia) - 16:26.06
DNF - Fadime Suna (Turkey)

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