Obiri shows class to win women’s 10,000m at National Trials

Obiri shows class to win women’s 10,000m at National Trials

Obiri who has already started her transition to road running was imperious in the final lap as she finished ahead of Sheila Chepkirui who timed 31mins, 50.13secs. Margaret Chelimo was third in 31mins, 50.13secs.

Hellen Obiri

Defending 5,000m World Champion Hellen Obiri won the women’s 10,00m at the Athletics Kenya National Trials for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, crossing the line in a time of 31mins, 49.88secs.

Obiri who has already started her transition to road running was imperious in the final lap as she finished ahead of Sheila Chepkirui who timed 31mins, 50.13secs. Margaret Chelimo was third in 31mins, 50.13secs.

The Olympic silver medalist played second fiddle behind the leading pack for most of the race, but once she made her move at the bell, there was no one to stop her. She put in her traditional finishing kick to go on and win the race and earn a ticket to both the Worlds and Commonwealth Games.

However, Obiri is not yet decided whether she will do both competitions. She already has a wild card entry in the 5,000m at the World Champs by virtue of being the defending champion and says she will make a decision in the next two weeks on whether to do the 5,000m at the Worlds and the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games.

“I have still not made up my mind whether I want to do both but we will discuss with my coaches and see the possibilities. But for sure I will represent Kenya at either the World Championships or the Commonwealth Games,” Obiri said.

Obiri and Chepkurui both earned qualification to the two competitions by virtue of finishing in the top two positions.

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