Hellen Obiri, a two-time 5000m world champion, will compete on Saturday, July 16, in the women's 10,000m, where she will attempt to unseat reigning champion Sifan Hassan.
Kenya has an opportunity to win its first medal on day two of competition at the World Athletics Championships in the event scheduled for 10.20 p.m. (EAT).
Obiri, who will compete alongside Magret Chelimo as the sole other Kenyan, finished fifth and fourth in the 10,000-meter events at the 2019 World Championships and the Olympic Games in Tokyo, respectively, missing out on a medal.
Another lady from Kenya is Sheila Chepkirui, even though she qualified, she will be watching the event from Kenya after visa issues prevented her from traveling to Oregon. It is going to be a difficult task for both Chelimo and Obiri considering that they will be against Hassan. The Dutch international is the reigning champion who has had enough rest.
In 2019 during the Doha World Championships, Hassan made a double winning 10,000 and 1,500 meters. This would be followed by an outstanding performance at the Tokyo Olympic games where she won gold medals at the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. It is important to note that She has an outstanding finish thanks to her speed.
On the field will also be Letesenbet Gidey, an Ethiopian who in June of last year shattered Hassan's two-day-old world record of 29:06.82 with a spectacular 29:01.03.
Hassan defeated Gidey with a thunderous kick in Doha in 2019 and Tokyo in 2018, winning silver and bronze, respectively.
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