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Ayana eyes double gold in London

World women’s 10,000m record holder and winner of the race at London IAAF World Champion 2017, Almaz Ayana aims double gold by winning the 5000m final which will be held tomorrow night.

Almaz Ayana, Senbere Teferi and Letsenbet Gidey will be wearing the Ethiopian jersey in the Sunday’s final.

The 2017 IAAF world championship 5000m final will be a very crucial race to Almaz to make a new history in the field. Though Almaz and Hellen Onsando Obiri of Kenya are the overwhelming favorites in this race, the women 5000m final is not going to be an easy competition for both Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes. Yet again, tense competition is expected between the two east African archrivals. 

Almaz, the 2016 Rio Olympic 10,000m champion, was not able to run in any competition since September 2016 due to injury.

In spite of that, her performance at the 10000m heat was as astonishing as always, running the second half of the race in 14:24.95, faster than her own World Championships 5000m record of 14:26.83 set in Beijing in 2015.

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Similarly, Obiri went on to win in 14:56.70 with Almaz and Senbere close behind in 14:57.06 and 14:57.23, respectively. The 27-year-old Obiri won bronze in 1,500m in the 2013 World Championship held in Moscow, and came back from a year off to claim silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Letesenbet is also another compatriot in the field, went on to take the heat in 14:59.34 with Laura Muir and Sifan Hassan close behind in 14:59:34 and 14:59.85, respectively.

Ethiopia was entitled to have four representatives in women’s 5000m qualification due to the victory of Almaz at the Rio Olympics; however, world 1500m record-holder Genzebe Dibaba was out of the qualification in the heat, due to fatigue and back pain.

Meanwhile, the young talent Senbere Teferi is the other gold contender in 5000m race. Senbere is a middle and long distance runner who competes mainly in the1500m and cross-country competitions. She was the silver medalist at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship in 2015 held at Beijing.

She also represented Ethiopia at the 2013 World Championships held in Moscow and won medals on the track and World Youth and World Junior levels.

Men’s 5000m finalists are also identified and Yomif kejelicha, Muktar Edris and the 2017 U-20 IAAF World Champion in 3000m, Solomon Barega, will lineup in race scheduled for later to night. In this race the British athlete Mo Farah will be the favorite and a serious competition for Ethiopian athletes. Mo Farah is also aiming for double gold in his last track competition before he retired from the discipline altogether.


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