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