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Athletics: Hellen Obiri wins 5000 metres with astonishing last lap

Athletics: Hellen Obiri wins 5000 metres with astonishing last lap

The early stages of the 5000m final played out in an nearly identical manner to the 10,000m with Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana making a huge surge after a ponderous opening to proceedings but while the Kenyan challenge fettered away in the 10,000m, Hellen Obiri produced an irresistible burst of speed on the last lap to deny the reigning champion a much vaunted long distance double.

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

"I was telling myself to go".

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 could see Ayana was not going so I thought, "why not?' So I said, 'go". I am mentally strong so I knew I was capable.

It was always going to be an enthralling contest.

Ayana was bronze medallist over the distance in Rio where she also won the 10,000 metres and set a world record. She has been plagued by injury this season and the 10,000 race on Aug.5 was her first of the season.

Ayana had chose to inject some much-needed zip into the pace with nine laps to run and only Obiri was able to match her.

The Ethiopian tried several times to pull away but Obiri responded each time before producing her deadly final push.

"It was a hard race", said Ayana. It was hard to push Hellen (Obiri) through to the finish line.

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