Obiri wins 5000 meters with astonishing last lap

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2017

The 27-year-old produced a devastating burst down the back straight to leave defending champion Almaz Ayana trailing and went on to win in a time of 14min 34.86sec.

Ayana swung to the lead with Obiri taking queue for a scintillating show down that saw Obiri lead for the first time with 300m to go for victory. "I am mentally strong so I knew I was capable", said Obiri.

Ayana settled for silver in a season's best of 14:40.35 with Dutch Sifan Hassan atoning for her failure to medal in the 1,500m final with bronze in 14:42.73. "When I crossed the line I was extremely happy, and just wanted to celebrate. I wanted the 5000m gold a lot".

Ayana was unable to burn off Obiri as she had done her rivals in the 10,000m - which she won by over 46sec - with the Kenyan content to let her 25-year-old rival do all the pace-setting. "I won gold and bronze in Rio and now gold and silver, so this is a step up", she said.

Ayana said what she had done in London was even better than her winning the 10,000m in Rio.

"It was a hard race", said Ayana.

Obiri did not run the 10,000 metres last week and her decision to concentrate on the shorter distance paid off. "It was hard to push Hellen through to the finish line", said Ayana.

"I've had many injuries this year so I am very happy with two medals". I have been injured for the whole season and haven't been able to get over it.

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