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Dawit Seyaum beats Letesenbet Gidey in Oslo

The 2016 world Indoor silver medallist, Dawit Seyaum defeated the world-record holder in 5000m, 10,000m and the half marathon, Letesenbet Gidey in the women 5000m race at the Oslo Diamond League held on Thursday (16) at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway.

Seyaum who led a 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish battled for honors on a rainy track when facing a stiff competition that included her compatriots, Olympic bronze medallist in 10,00m Gidey, Olympic bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay, Scottish record-setting in 10,000m, Eilish McColgan who led the race in the few laps but was unable to hold the pace before dropping off.
The 25 year-old waited patiently until the final 200m when she made her move along Gidey and Tsegay but she gave a kick that the two could not respond to, crossing the finish line first in a new personal best of 14:25.85 and was followed by Tsegay who crossed the line with a season best of 14:26.69 with Gidey forced to settle in third place in 14:26.92.

Hometown girl Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdahl who drove the train in the rain for several laps finished in fourth in a personal best and National record of 14:31.07 with Unites States Alison Monson coming home in fifth in 14:31.11.

The 2016 Olympics 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana who was making her Diamond League debut finished in sixth place in 14:32.17, chopping 11.45 seconds off her personal best and moving to No. 3 on the U.S. all-time list.