In Summary
  • World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri is planning an assault on the World 5,000m record next season.
  • Obiri, the 2016 Rio Olympics 5,000m silver medallist, said she will plan with her manager Ricky Simms on the best venue to break Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba’s nine years and five-months-old world record time of 14 minutes and11.15 seconds.
  • Dibaba, 27, set the time while winning the 5,000m race in Oslo on June 6, 2008, and the only athlete who came close to breaking the record was compatriot World 5,000 silver medallist Almaza Ayana, who won Rome’s Diamond League in 14:12.59 last year.

World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri is planning an assault on the World 5,000m record next season.

Obiri, the 2016 Rio Olympics 5,000m silver medallist, said she will plan with her manager Ricky Simms on the best venue to break Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba’s nine years and five-months-old world record time of 14 minutes and11.15 seconds.

Dibaba, 27, set the time while winning the 5,000m race in Oslo on June 6, 2008, and the only athlete who came close to breaking the record was compatriot World 5,000 silver medallist Almaza Ayana, who won Rome’s Diamond League in 14:12.59 last year.

Obiri, a mother of one, set two world fastest times this year in 5,000m when she won in Shanghai in 14:22.47 on May 13, this year and Rome in 14:18.37 on June 8, this year. Her exploits in Rome were enough to see her break the National Record.

The time is ranked all time fifth overall behind Ethiopians Dibaba, Ayana, Meseret Defar (14:12.88) and Genzebe Dibaba (14:15.41).

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