Hellen Obiri continued her strong racing momentum with a sensational 3000m performance to highlight track action at the Doha 2019 IAAF Diamond League meeting in the Qatari capital on Friday (3).
Obiri, who took a dramatic victory at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019 just over a month ago, waged and ultimately won a fierce last lap battle with 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba en route to an 8:25.60 triumph.
“The final lap was very tough but I’ve always posted a good result in the final 100 metres,” said Obiri, who displayed brute strength over the final 200 metres that belies her tiny frame.
With just over a lap remaining, Obiri blasted past compatriot Gloriah Kite to take command of the race, with Dibaba shadowing in stiff pursuit. But every time the Ethiopian managed to nudge a bit closer, Obiri managed to fight back as she eventually lead the first six finishers across the line in under 8:30. The only other time that has happened was in Doha five years ago in a race that was also won by Obiri.
Among those in that 2014 race was Dibaba who clocked 8:26.21, a lifetime best that lasted until tonight when she crossed the line, drained, in 8:26.20.
Lilian Kasait Rengeruk, who ran fifth and sixth for much of the race, finished strong to take third in 8:29.02.