Obiri retains women's 5,000 metres title
Doha (AFP) –
Kenya's Hellen Obiri successfully defended her world 5,000 metres title in Doha on Saturday timing a championship record 14min 26.72sec.
The 29-year-old came home clear of compatriot Margaret Kipkemboi, who timed a personal best 14min 27.49.
Germany's Konstanze Klosterhalfen, part of the Nike-backed Oregon Project whose head coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years earlier in the week, took bronze in 14min 28.43sec.
Obiri had shared the early pace setting with British runner Eilish McColgan.
With eight laps to go Obiri stepped up the pace and McColgan dropped back -- Ethiopia's Teshay Gemechu on her shoulder and Klosterhalfen third.
They were part of a six runner group who, with six laps to the finish, had dropped the rest of the field.
Gemechu dropped away to the back of the sextet leaving Klosterhalfen in second spot followed by two Kenyans.
The six stuck together as the race approached the business end of the event.
As they heard the bell it was the German against three Kenyans.
Obiri went for broke and upped the pace but Klosterhalfen stuck to her task and for a moment threatened to spring a shock.
However, Obiri had more than enough in the locker to stretch her lead rounding the curve and it was Kipkemboi who finished the strongest passing Klosterhalfen in the straight.
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