Vivian Cheruiyot and Obiri deliver gold and silver for Kenya in 5000m


20 Aug 2016 | by
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Vivian Cheruiyot and Obiri deliver gold and silver for Kenya in 5000m

Vivian Cheruiyot won Kenya her first ever Olympic gold medal in the women's 5000m race with new Olympic record of 14:26.17 at dawn on Saturday.

The silver medal was also won by another Kenya, Hellen Obiri as they obliterated away pre-race favourite Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia who had left Cheruiyot in shock in the 10,000m race on the first day of the athletics event in Rio on August 12.

Cheruiyot and Obiri confined Ayana to third position after they took her on with two laps to go and they never looked back. The third Kenyan in the race Mercy Cherono narrowly missed the medal bracket by finishing fourth.

With five laps to go, it all seemed like a lost course for the Kenyans as Ayana built what appeared to be an insurmountable lead of about 60m.

But with two laps to go Cheruiyot caught and got past the Ethiopian and at the bell with Cheruiyot cruising, Obiri also took the cue and ran down the flailing Ethiopian on the home straight for an Olympic silver medal in a memorable night for Kenya and one for the Ethiopian to forget.

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