Vivian Cheruiyot makes a grand comeback

Vivian Cheruiyot is back with a bang. After winning both the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2011 world championships, she experienced a mini-slump before taking time off on maternity leave. In 2015 she showed signs of a comeback when she won the 10,000m at the Bruxelles diamond league and at the Kenyan trials.

Much was expected from her and she did not disappoint, beating a strong challenge from Gelete Burka of Ethiopia to win in 31.41.31. The leading pack stayed together for 9600m. Cheruiyot took the lead with 250m to go and held off strong challenges from Burka who tried several times to pass her. It was her fourth world championship gold medal having also won gold at the 5000m in 2009.

Race Video

Race Results

1 560 Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot  KEN 31:41.31
2 338 Gelete Burka  ETH 31:41.77
3 891 Emily Infeld  USA 31:43.49
4 890 Molly Huddle  USA 31:43.58
5 566 Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego  KEN 31:44.42 SB
6 880 Shalane Flanagan  USA 31:46.23
7 348 Alemitu Heroye  ETH 31:49.73
8 573 Betsy Saina  KEN 31:51.35 SB
9 349 Belaynesh Oljira  ETH 31:53.01
10 618 Susan Kuijken  NED 31:54.32
11 626 Jip Vastenburg  NED 32:03.03
12 689 Sara Moreira  POR 32:06.14


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Author: riadha