Obiri wins epic battle against Sifan

Hellen Obiri may be the world champion in the 5000m but she was made to work by a determined Dutch-woman Sifan Hassan at the Diamond League race in Zurich.

With a lap to go, there were seven women in the leading pack including two other Kenyans  Sheila Kipkirui and Agnes Tirop as well as the Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba. Sifan Hassan was first to make her move at the bell. But Obiri passed her at the back straight using a move that typically leaves other racers demoralized. But Hassan still had an extra gear. She chased Obiri down the final curve. With 70 metres left it looked like she was passing Obiri. But Obiri still had another gear left which she used to stave off Hassan.

What a race !

Race Video

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Author: mawazo

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