Olympics Rio 2016: Vivian Cheruiyot takes shock 5000m gold as Almaz Ayana fades
Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot won her first Olympic title in the women’s 5000m as overwhelming pre-race favourite Almaz Ayana imploded in the final laps at Rio 2016.
Cheruiyot took gold in a new Olympic record of 14:26.17 after Ayana – who stormed to gold in the 10,000m in an astonishing world record time – collapsed in shocking fashion.
Compatriot Hellen Obiri claimed silver in 14:29, with Ayana bumped into bronze in 14:33.
Ayana injected some ridiculously quick laps to decimate the field midway through the race, fuelling speculation she could challenge Tirunesh Dibaba’s world record of 14:11.15.
But her tactic backfired spectacularly as her lead disintegrated in the final kilometre, inviting Cheruiyot to storm through and claim the unlikeliest of wins.