Olympics: Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot trumps Ayana for 5000m gold, sets Games record

Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya celebrates after winning gold in the women's 5000m final.
Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya celebrates after winning gold in the women's 5000m final.PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO - Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot won the Olympic women's 5,000m final on Friday, breaking the Games record to stun pre-race favourite Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia to take gold.

World 5,000m champion Ayana was hunting her second gold medal of the Games after she shattered the 10,000m world record last week. But it was 32-year-old Cheruiyot who triumphed with a superb tactical race to win in a time of 14min 26.17sec.

Ayana looked to be on the way to another dominant victory after surging into a huge lead after four laps but the Ethiopian tired in the closing stages and was unable to hold off Cheruiyot's late surge.

Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri took silver in 14:29.77 behind Cheruiyot, who has won four world titles over 5,000m and 10,000m. Ayana had to settle for bronze in 14:33.59.