In Summary
  • It’s Dutch Sifan Hassan, who led the pack through 4,000m in 11:39.09 before Obiri, the Africa 5,000m champion, had the final laugh winning 14:20.36 to shatter the previous Meeting Record of 14:33.65
  • Obiri’s time is the sixth fastest time ever in the women’s 5,000m history
  • Jebet, who is the World 10,000m bronze medallist, settled for second in 14:20.68 that is now the seventh fastest time ever in the history of the race

World and Commonwealth 5,000m champion Kenya’s Hellen Obiri stormed to a World Lead and Meeting Record feat when she won the women’s 5,000m race during the Müller Anniversary Games at London Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

It’s Dutch Sifan Hassan, who led the pack through 4,000m in 11:39.09 before Obiri, the Africa 5,000m champion, had the final laugh winning 14:20.36 to shatter the previous Meeting Record of 14:33.65 set by Tirunesh Dibaba in 2009.

Obiri exerted revenge against compatriot Agnes Jebet, who had beaten her in 5,000m race at Stockholm on May 30 and Hassan, who also edged her out in 3,000m at Prefontaine Classic on June 30.

“I am so happy since this is my favourite track, having won the World title here,” said Obiri, who tripped to finish 12th in Stockholm and sixth at Prefontaine Classic. “I have done my best and I ran the way I wanted to. I had to work after I hit past Hassan.”

However, both Jebet and Hassan returned career best times in the race.

Jebet, who is the World 10,000m bronze medallist, settled for second in 14:20.68 that is now the seventh fastest time ever in the history of the race as Hassan, who held the seventh fastest time with personal best 14:22.34 now improved her time to 14:22.12, which is now the new European Record.

Obiri’s time is the sixth fastest time ever in the women’s 5,000m history, having also set a Personal Best of 14:18.37 in Rome in 2017, a time that is the fifth fastest in the history of the race and a National Record.

It now makes Jebet the second fastest Kenyan in 5,000m, relegating Olympic 5,000m champion and former National Record holder, Vivian Cheruiyot, to third in 14:20.87.

Page 1 of 2