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Cheruiyot takes shock 5000m gold as Ayana fades

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Vivian Cheruiyot

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ByBen Snowball
20/08/2016 at 00:01 | Updated 20/08/2016 at 03:23
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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.

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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.

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