Vivian Cheruiyot defeats favorite Ayana in 5000m, sets new Olympic record

Kenya's Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot celebrates after clocking a new Olympic record to win the Women's 5000m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016.

Almaz Ayana was surprisingly denied a distance-running double at Rio 2016, as Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot produced a storming finish to win the women's 5000m on Friday.

Ayana injected some ridiculously quick laps to decimate the field midway through the race, fuelling speculation she could challenge Tirunesh Dibaba's world record of 14:11.15. I'm so happy. This was my fourth Olympics.

The previous Olympic record holder was Romania's Gabriela Szabo, champion of the Sydney 2000 games with a time of 14 minutes 14.79 seconds. I still can't believe that I have beaten Ayana. She told me to kick and test her. We discussed as a group because we knew her strategy.

With roughly 1000m to go, Ayana held a comfortable lead of 25-meters over Cheruiyot and Obiri. We said if she does 66 seconds per lap, we would do 68 and remain behind her.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With one last chance for a gold medal in what's probably her last Olympics, Vivian Cheruiyot turned to — who else — Usain Bolt for a pre-race pep talk. "With 100m left, I believed it and was elated that I was winning the ultimate medal". Since I started my career this was the hardest I have been training, I have been doing so good, attaining my personal best in training. "I thought she had special blood but I did to my best to win this", she recited after being rewarded with victory in a new Olympics record of 14:26.17.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 20 (efe_epa).

Another Kenyan Hellen Obiri also shot past a feared Ethiopian - Almaz Ayana - to bag the silver medal for her country.

It was fitting reward for Obiri who stepped up the distance this season after returning to action from attending to maternal duties.

"Probably have to go back and re-watch it and have a cry about it and relive the Olympic moment", she said.

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