Almaz Ayana fades to take bronze in Rio Olympics women’s 5000m final clocking 14:33.59.
A week after obliterating the world record on the way to gold in the 10,000m, Ayana kicked away at the 1700m mark of the women’s 5000m event, appearing to have left the field in her wake.
The Ethiopian sensation – whose performances have been publicly questioned by other competitors – led by as much as 30m at one stage.
But with little warning, Kenyans Vivian Cheruiyot and Hellen Onsando Obiri closed the gap, charging home in the final two kilometres to take the quinella, relegating Ayana to bronze. Cheruiyot won in an Olympic record time of 14:26.17, with Obiri home in 14:29.77, and Ayana clocking 14:33.59. Cheruiyot was a three-time Olympic medallist, having come second to Ayana seven days earlier, but had not previously won gold.