Obiri masters Ayana to bask in London glory

Allyson Felix in the Rio Olympics

Allyson Felix in the Rio Olympics

However, it's Obiri, who stepped on her gas pedal with 300m to go overtaking the Olympic and World 10,000m champion to win in 14 minutes and 34.86 seconds.

Ayana led with Obiri on her tail into the final lap until the Kenyan, silver medalist in Rio de Janeiro previous year, suddenly burst past with 300 meters left and stormed home to win in 14:34.86, more than five seconds clear of her rival.

"I was telling myself to go", she said. I could see Ayana was not going so I thought, "why not?' So I said, 'go". "I am mentally strong so I knew I was capable", said Obiri.

Ayana, who had won the 10,000m gold in what was her first race of the season, took silver for Ethiopia in 14:40.35 with the Netherlands Sifan Hassan finishing third in 14:42.73.

Ayana was bronze medallist over the distance in Rio where she also won the 10,000 metres and set a world record.

After a season blighted by a leg injury and illness, Ayana looked back at her imperious best in the 10,000m but it soon became clear these exertions were catching up with the reigning champion.

Obiri did not run the 10,000 metres last week and her decision to concentrate on the shorter distance paid off.

There was a cagey start with the first 400 metres taking a painfully slow 81 seconds before Ayana and Obiri took control.

The Ethiopian tried several times to pull away but Obiri responded each time before producing her deadly final push.

"It was a hard race". It was hard to push Hellen (Obiri) through to the finish line.

"Compared to Rio this is a bigger achievement", she said.

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