Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot reclaimed the women’s 10,000m race to win her fourth World Championships gold medal in Beijing, China.
Cheruiyot popularly referred to as ‘Pocket Rocket’ out-sprinted a pack of 10 athletes on the last lap to clinch the title she last won in 2011.
Cheruiyot won in 31:41.31 ahead of Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka in 31:41.77, with USA’s Emily Infeld just pipping her compatriot Molly Huddle for the bronze medal by returning 31:43.49.
Cheruiyot won the 5000m in Berlin in 2009, the 5000m and 10,000m double in Daegu in 2011 before taking time out for the birth of her first baby.
“I still can’t believe it!! Im just from leave and I’m a world champion. It will take time to sink in, but I’m very happy,” said Cheruiyot.
The racing started when Olympic silver medallist Kenya’s Sally Kipyego took over the lead soon afterwards Portugal’s Sara Moreira, Ethiopia’s Belaynesh Oljira and world junior 5000m champion Alemitu Heroye were among those prominent at an attempt to push up the pace.
With two laps to go there were still 10 women in the lead pack. At the bell in 30:40.53, Cheruiyot took the lead and although Burka moved with her, she defied every effort to get past her.
Huddle had been in contention for the win and she looked to be the bronze medallist five metres from the line.
But as Huddle spread her arms wide, apparently oblivious to her teammate Infeld’s desperate lunge for the line, she saw the medal dashed from her grip.