World and Commonwealth Games 5000m champion won Hellen Obiri won Kenya’s first gold at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championships.
Obiri who won an Olympic silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and opted not to defend her African 1500m gold she won at the last edition to romp home with a win in the women’s 5000m by returning 15:54.17 to begin Kenya’s gold rush harvest.
“Congratulations to @hellen_obiri for winning Kenya’s first Gold Medal in women’s 5000” Athletics Kenya (AK)Verified account @athletics_kenya
Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi and Meskerem Hayile took second and third place in 15:54.48) 3 and 15:57.38 respectively.
The social media went abuzz with congratulatory messages by ecstatic Kenyans congratulating her led by Athletics Kenya
Reigning World Cross Country Champion Lilian Kasait came and Loice Chemning took fourth and fifth position in 16:04.51 and 16:25.78