Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

ALMAZ AYANA, so dom­i­nant in the 10,000m, was found want­ing in the clos­ing stages from Obiri, who had also beaten her in the Olympic 5000m when the pair fin­ished sec­ond and third.

The first lap was a dis­mal 81.77 (over 17-minute pace) and but for the first kilo­me­tre (3:18.62), Obiri ran 14:05 pace for the rest of the dis­tance and both the lead­ing pair are ca­pa­ble of the 14:11.15 world record on this form.

Obiri’s last 3000m was 8:27.27 and that was de­spite the race burst­ing to life with 65 and 66 sec­ond laps be­fore that point.

The Kenyan ran a 60.6 last lap even though she didn’t ac­cel­er­ate un­til the back straight. The fastest fin­ish came from Has­san, who, hold­ing back after her 1500m melt­down, ran a 2:42.04 fi­nal kilo­me­tre.

In her first ma­jor 5000m,

Muir ac­quit­ted her­self well with a sixth place Scot­tish out­door record of 14:52.07.

Her last 3000m was 8:36.81 (14:21 pace) and she fin­ished stronger than she had in the 1500m to eas­ily place the first non-African born ath­lete.

Eil­ish McCol­gan twice ran faster than she had ever done be­fore (15:00.38 then 15:00.43) and, like Muir, showed that sub15 is only a mat­ter of time.

Hellen Obiri: last 4000m well in­side world record pace

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