Obiri And Chelimo Open Kenya’s Trophy Basket In Oregon.

Two-time world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri and Margaret Chelimo won silver and bronze respectively to secure Kenya’s first medals of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA on Saturday.

World record holder Letesenbet Gidey completed the 25-lap race in 30 minutes 09.54sec for victory after doing just enough to hang on with Obiri bearing down on her.

Obiri, who took 5000m gold at Doha 2019, crossed the line in 30:10.02 for second place with her compatriot Chelimo coming home third in a new personal best of 30:10.07.Despite a late surge, defending champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands could only managed a fourth-place finish in 30:10.56.

The Ethiopian pair of Gidey and Ejgayehu Taye made a move with eight laps to run, Hassan content to sit back in the pack far from the pacesetters.As the field started to string out, the pack was whittled down to nine wth four laps to go.

At the 800m mark, Taye led, two-time world 5000m champion Obiri, also a two-time Olympic silver medallist over 5km, on her shoulder.The pace increased into the final lap, with Hassan, who produced a stunning 1500m-10,000m double at the 2019 world champs in Doha before winning 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at last year’s Olympics, left with a lot to do.

The Dutch runner made her move at 200 metres, her usual outside shoulder charge.But Gidey, a silver medallist at the 2019 worlds and bronze medal winner at the Tokyo Games, responded and Hassan faltered in her wake.Gidey was made to work to the line, however, under pressure from the fast-charging Obiri.The drama was not complete as Chelimo produced a final surge to outsprint Hassan for the line to deprive the Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman a medal

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