Hillary Kering, Hellen Obiri, Joyciline jepkosgei, Frankline Ngelel, John Chepkwony, Stephen Arita, Prein Nenkampi
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IAAF World championships: Hellen Obiri wins fourth gold for Kenya

Olympics 5,000m silver medalist Hellen Onsando Obiri that changing from 1,500M to 5,000m was not a fluke but her favourite.

The world indoor champion won the fourth gold for Kenya on the closing day of IAAF World championships in London,Great Britain on Sunday evening.

Running behind 10,000m world record holder Almaz Ayana, Obiri surged forward with 300m to win the race.

Despite possessing the superior finishing speed, Obiri made her first challenge down the back straight on the penultimate lap. Ayana successfully fended Obiri off but when the Kenyan surged again at the same point on the bell lap, Ayana had nothing in response to Obiri’s vicious kick. 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 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. Ayana’s championships ended with her relinquishing her 5000m title.

Ayana also missed out on the 5000m title at the Olympic Games last summer when a stomach ailment left her weakened but she is still keen to attempt the same demanding double in future global championships.

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