“A 5,000m race is really decided in the final 200 metres. The winner is not the strongest person, but the fastest,” she said.
“I did very well, but they pulled away with 100m to go. That is what championships is all about,” she said.
“I am not disappointed. I won silver in 10,000m, I am fourth here today. What more can one ask for? It would be good had I won a medal, but I am happy with my performance here,” she said.
“I was ready physically and mentally for a double. I wanted to prove to people back home that I am capable of doing a double competently. I think I delivered,” she said.
Kenya has never won the 5,000M women’s final and expectations were high that the London Olympics would see Kenya exorcise past ghosts but it was never to be.
In the women’s 1,500m final, Helen Obiri finished 12th.