Obiri masters Ayana to bask in London glory

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

Hellen Obiri ran the race of her life to claim consolation for her Olympic silver previous year, clinching the women's 5,000m World title in 14:34.86 on Sunday.

Obiri who was lining up as the world leader in London produced a devastating burst down the back straight to leave defending champion Almaz Ayana trailing in her wake.

"I was telling myself to go". "I could see Ayana was not going so I thought, why not? I am mentally strong so I knew I was capable", said Obiri.

Ayana was being chased down by the fast-finishing Sifan Hassan on the last lap but the Ethiopian had enough of a buffer to hang onto silver medal position in 14:40.36.

It was always going to be an enthralling contest.

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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.

After a season blighted by a leg injury and illness, Ayana looked back at her imperious best in the 10,000m but it soon became clear these exertions were catching up with the reigning champion. With a last lap of 60.11, Obiri crossed the finish line in 14:34.87 to secure her first global outdoor title, punching the air in delight.

There was a cagey start with the first 400 metres taking a painfully slow 81 seconds before Ayana and Obiri took control.

Ayana seized the initiative with nine laps left, Obiri followed and after steadily increasing the gap, they were more than 50 metres clear with four to go. "I am better at leading it to get the win rather than challenging in a final sprint".

"I've had many injuries this year so I am very happy with two medals".

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