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Olympic star Hellen Obiri turns her focus to retain Gold Medal at World Championships | Coastweek

LONDON United Kingdom -- An impressive victory by Hellen Obiri highlighted the second day of action at the Muller Anniversary Games in London Stadium on Sunday. In one of the premiere showdowns of the afternoon, Obiri kicked away from Sifan Hassan with just over 200 metres to go to take the 5000m in 14:20.36, a meeting record and world-leading performance. The reigning world champion needed to utilize every bit of her notorious closing speed to hold off compatriot Agnes Tirop, who blew by the fading Hassan over the final 50 metres to finish second in 14:20.68. For Obiri, it was her second fastest performance ever and for the 23-year-old Tirop, a lifetime best. XINHUA PHOTOS - ALBERTO PEZZALI

Olympic star Hellen Obiri turns her focus to
retain Gold Medal at World Championships

By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Helen Obiri said she will not rest on her laurels even after revenging her loss to compatriot Agnes Jebet and Dutch Sifan Hassan at the London Diamond League meeting.

Obiri, who is also the Africa and Commonwealth Games champion, has shown her progress since falling in Stockholm Diamond League that she is ready to defend her world title in Doha in October.

"I am so happy with my progress. After the fall in Stockholm, I returned in Stafford, United States and didn’t do well.

"But I loved the track in London and I have done my best and I ran the way I wanted to," said Obiri on Monday.

"In the last lap I was thinking, work hard and I said to myself when I went past Hassan, ‘Let me go and see if you can catch me’," she added.

Kenya is set to hold its national trials for Doha World Championships in Nairobi on Aug. 20 and Obiri, like many other elite runners will be keen to secure her slot in the team, especially in 5,000m race where she intends to double.

Athletics Kenya (AK) has confirmed that athletes who are defending champions or winners of Diamond League trophies will be given wild card during the trials.

             

 

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