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As the IAAF World Championships draw to a close on Sunday night, Kenyan athletes in the women’s 5,000m will be seeking to add more medals to boost the country’s final ranking.
Olympic silver medallist Hellen Obiri will lead Africa champion Sheila Chepkirui and 2015 Africa Games champion Margaret Chelimo in the hunt for the 5,000m title where Ethiopia’s 10,000m winner Almaz Ayana will be gunning for a double.
Ayana was beaten in this race by Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot at last year’s Rio Olympics and might not be infallible tonight too.
Cheruiyot has since moved up to the marathon where she ran a brilliant 2:23 on her debut in London last April and the world is waiting to see if Obiri will fit in her shoes.
Obiri told the Nation Sport that she will do her best to silence Ayana.
“I want to follow her in every move from behind and it will be tough for her if we get to the last 400m since she doesn’t have a final kick,” said a confident Obiri.
Chelimo said that having qualified to the final, she will be seeking nothing short of a slot on the podium.