Athletics: Hellen Obiri wins 5000 metres with astonishing last lap

Allyson Felix in the Rio Olympics

Allyson Felix in the Rio Olympics

But she would have wanted to go home with a pair of shiny gold medals.

Her strategy paid off perfectly as heading into the final lap she moved up onto Ayana's shoulder and then delivered her coup de grace.

"It was just such a good race and I'm so pleased to be a world champion", Manangoi said.

Jamaica had been in the lead, but American Allyson Felix surged clear of the field to open up a 15-metre gap which teammates Shakima Wimbley and Phyllis Francis extended to win gold in a world leading time of 3 minutes 19.02 seconds.

Ayana settled for silver in a season's best of 14:40.35 with Dutch Sifan Hassan atoning for her failure to medal in the 1,500m final with bronze in 14:42.73.

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Ayana swung to the lead with Obiri taking queue for a scintillating show down that saw Obiri lead for the first time with 300m to go for victory.

Despite possessing the superior finishing speed, Obiri made her first challenge down the back straight on the penultimate lap.

Kenyan Hellen Obiri produced an astonishing last lap to leave defending champion Almaz Ayana in her wake as she won the women's 5,000 metres at the World Athletics Championships and claimed her first major title on Sunday. All my emotions came out. For much of the race, many spectators would have assumed that the gold medal was going to be hers.

Niyonsaba, who took silver behind her in Rio, was second again in 1:55.92 and Wilson claimed bronze in 1:56.65. I have been injured for the whole season and haven't been able to get over it.

Ayana also missed out on the 5000m title at the Olympic Games last summer when a stomach ailment left her weakened but she is still keen to attempt the same demanding double in future global championships. Last Friday came with shocker for Kenya when Hyvin Kiyeng relinquished her World title to settle for bronze in women's 3,000m steeplechase as her compatriots flopped.

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The African country ended second on the medals table on five gold, two silver and four bronze medals. It was her 16th medal overall.

Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills suffered contrasting fortunes as the 35-year-old six-time world and four-time Olympic medallist, who underwent successful cancer treatment in 2012 and 2013, was unable to run due to her team-mates injury in what was meant to be her final World Championship race before retirement.

"Believe me, this is my event", said Hassan.

The event was won by Hellen Onsando Obiri of Kenya with a time of 14:34.86.

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