Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot upsets Ayana Almaz in 5,000m final

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won a shock 5,000m Olympic gold as race favourite Ayana Almaz of Ethiopia took bronze.

Almaz, 24, had won the 10,000m in world record time last week and had been expected to complete the 10,000m and 5,000m double.

But the 5,000m world champion was overhauled in the final 2,000m by Cheruiyot and her Kenyan compatriot Hellen Onsando Obiri, who took silver.

Cheruiyot is the first Kenyan woman to win the event.

The London 2012 silver medallist, who was also runner-up to Almaz in the 10,000m in Rio, set an Olympic record time of 14 minutes 26.17 seconds on her way to gold.

“It’s my fourth Olympics and I hadn’t had gold. Today I said ‘I am not going to lose’,” she said.

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