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Africa's finest prove to be all gold

WINNER: Caster Semenya of South African won the 800m final

AFRICAN WOMEN won the 5000m and 800m finals on the final night of the World Athletics Championships with wins for Hellen Obiri and Caster Semenya respectively.

Kenya’s Obiri won the 5000m with a time of 14:34:86 to stave off the challenge of Ethiopian Almaz Ayana. The pair were within touching distance of each other at the bell but then the Kenyan turned on the after burners and raced well clear of her opponent.

Obiri said:

"I was telling myself to go. I could see Ayana was not going so I thought, why not? So I said, go. I am mentally strong so I knew I was capable.

"When I crossed the line I was extremely happy, and just wanted to celebrate. All my emotion came out. I wanted the 5000m gold a lot."

Ayana, who won 10,000m gold earlier in the championships, admitted:

"It was a difficult race. I am better at leading it to get the win rather than challenging in a final sprint. It was difficult to push Hellen (Obiri) through to the finish line.

"Compared to Rio this is a bigger achievement. I've had many injuries this year so I am very happy with two medals. I have been injured for the whole season and haven't been able to get over it. The pain came back after the 10,000m. I did my best today but Hellen was too good at finishing. It was all I could today. But, I won't give up going for 5000m and 10,000m. I won gold and bronze in Ro and now gold and silver, so this is a step up."

South Africa’s Semenya was just too good for her rivals over a brisk two laps. Semenya took the gold in a world leading time of 1:55:16 to see off the challenge of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and America’s Ajee Wilson.

"I just love you guys. It feels like home in London. I used to say Berlin was like my home. Obviously it is South Africa, but there are such fantastic people here. Beautiful.”

Meanwhile Elijah Manangoi of Kenya won the 1500, final. He said post race:

"It was just such a good race and I'm so pleased to be a world champion. I had a difficult race as Timothy (Cheruiyot) raced very well but I had that extra strength.

"We have had very good champions in the event over the years so it is a proud moment for me to win this title for my country. I knew I was in pretty good form and thought I could make the podium but to win this gold is wonderful."

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