London - Kenya's
Hellen Obiri claimed consolation for her Olympic silver last year
winning the women's 5 000m world title on Sunday.
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
14 minutes 34.86 seconds.
Ayana, who had won the 10,000m gold in what was
her first race of the season, took silver for Ethiopia in 14:40.35 with
the Netherlands Sifan Hassan finishing third in 14:42.73.
Obiri said that she gained confidence as Ayana failed to press the accelerator and try and shake her off.
was telling myself to go," she said. "I could see Ayana was not going
so I thought, why not? So I said, go. I am mentally strong so I knew I
"When I crossed the line I was extremely happy, and
just wanted to celebrate. All my emotion came out. I wanted the 5 000m
gold a lot."
Ayana had decided to inject some much-needed zip into the pace with nine laps to run and only Obiri was able to match her.
field was suddenly splintered with Hassan, also from Ethiopia but who
came to the Netherlands as a refugee aged 15, leading a group of five
contesting the minor medal.
Ayana was unable to burn off Obiri as
she had done her rivals in the 10 000m - which she won by over 46 seconds -
with the Kenyan content to let her 25-year-old rival do all the
Her strategy paid off perfectly as heading into the
final lap she moved up onto Ayana's shoulder and then delivered her coup
Ayana said what she had done in London was even better than her winning the 10 000m in Rio.
was a difficult race," said Ayana. "I am better at leading it to get
the win rather than challenging in a final sprint. It was difficult to
push Hellen (Obiri) through to the finish line.
"Compared to Rio this is a bigger achievement," she said.
"I've had many injuries this year so I am very happy with two medals."
Ayana said that she had paid for her astonishing victory in the 10 000m and had run through the pain barrier.
"I have been injured for the whole season and haven't been able to get over it.
"The pain came back after the 10 000m. I did my best today but Hellen was too good at finishing. It was all I could today."