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Netherland’s Hassan beats Obiri to 5,000m gold in Tokyo

ATHLETICS By Bismarck Mutahi in Tokyo, Japan | August 2nd 2021
August 2, 2021. Agnes Jebet Tirop of Kenya, Hellen Obiri of Kenya and Ejgayehu Taye of Ethiopia in action REUTERS

5,000m Olympic silver medallist Hellen Obiri’s bid for a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics ended with another silver after Netherland’s Sifan Hassan outsprinted her in the last 200m on Monday night.

Obiri who finished the race limping had tried to control the race until the last 300m, but Hassan who sat behind without taking turns in pacing the race shot to the front.

Sifan Hassan, of the Netherlands, right, crosses the finish line ahead of Agnes Jebet Tirop, of Kenya, left, to win a heat in the women's 5,000-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP)

Kenya’s Agnes Tirop who tried to do most of the front running alongside Obiri finished outside the medal bracket in fourth place as Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay won bronze.

Obiri, who is also the world champion over the distance clocked 14:36.36 for the silver medal with Hassan who had taken a fall earlier in the morning in the 1,500m heats shocked many with her golden run in 14:36.79.

The other Kenyan in the race Lilian Kasait finished in 12th place in 14:55.85.

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