Silver lining for Hellen
2nd August 2021 – Hellen Obiri (KEN) continues to amass a collection of major championship medals that would be the envy of many athletes. Five years after winning the 5000m silver at the Rio Olympic Games she won silver again in Tokyo.
Having safely navigated her heat a couple of days before, Hellen toed the line for the final in hot and humid conditions and an empty stadium. However, none of this could stop her from putting in a brilliant performance that saw an incredibly quick last lap settle the medals. With a time of 14:38.36 Hellen challenged for gold but won the silver, her seventh individual major medal, and with the 10,000m final still to come there is an opportunity for yet more.
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