Kenya’s Hellen Obiri glides to 5000m gold in Asaba


On Day two of the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship holding in Asaba, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri dominated the field to clinch gold in the 5000 metres final.

The Kenyan legend finished tops with a time of 15:47.18 to oust Ethiopian challengers Senbere Teferi Sora, who took the silver in 15:54.48, and Meskerem Mamo Hayile, who took bronze in 15:57.38.

Hellen’s win comes as a boost to the Kenyan contingent, who arrived Asaba on Wednesday after a flight delay in Lagos.

As the 5000 metres race showed, the long distance events are expected to be a straight fight between Ethiopia and Kenya.