Obiri wins 5000 meters with astonishing last lap

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 14, 2017

Ethiopia's Ayana, victor of the 10,000 meters at the championships, and Obiri broke clear of the pack after one third of the race and opened up a huge gap as they set a blistering pace.

Ethiopia's Ayana, who led Obiri for more than half the race, was denied a double after winning the 10,000 metres with a devastating run earlier at the championships.

Ayana led with Obiri on her tail into the final lap until the Kenyan, silver medalist in Rio de Janeiro previous year, suddenly burst past with 300 meters left and stormed home to win in 14:34.86, more than five seconds clear of her rival.

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.

"I was telling myself to go", she said.

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.

Quote of the day: "It's really sad that I have to walk away", said Usain Bolt, whose anti-climatic major championships swansong included bronze in the 100m and a dramatic cramp in the anchor leg of the 4x100m relay. I am mentally strong so I knew I was capable. 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.

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

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