Vivian Cheruiyot gave Kenya its 5th gold medal at the Rio Olympics after winning the 5000 metres race beating her Kenyan teammate Hellen Obiri and the crowd favourite Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana. Ayana who had broken the 10,000 metres world record, started the race on a high note, leaving the spectators to expect her victory. The Ethiopian runner at one point led the entire track by 60 metres but Cheruiyot and Obiri put up a good run to close the gap and charge, relegating Ayana to bronze medal position. Another Kenyan Mercy Cherono started to drop back at the 4000M mark but her compatriots Cheruiyot and Obiri were on Ayana’s heels.
Cheruiyot won the race in an Olympic record time 14:26:17 with silver medalist Obiri clocking 14:29:77 and Ayanna clocking 14:33:59.
This was Vivian Cheruiyot’s fastest time at the distance since 2011 when she won the 5000M, 10,000M and World Cross Country titles.
Cheruiyot also revealed that the Rio Olympics might be her last Olympics participation.
Kenya now has 5 gold medals and 5 silver medals, a total of 10 medals, ranking at position 16 overall and is the leading country in Africa.