Hellen Obiri of Kenya, right, wins the gold medal in the women's 5000 meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Latest: Obiri wins 5,000-meter gold for Kenya

October 05, 2019 - 2:49 pm

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest on the world track and field championships Saturday (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

Hellen Obiri of Kenya has retained her world 5,000-meter title after a tense final lap.

The Olympic silver medalist sped up sharply on the back straight of the last lap in an attempt to shake two fellow Kenyans and Oregon-based German Konstanze Klosterhalfen.

Obiri couldn't drop her challengers, but still managed to hold on for the win in a championship-record time of 14 minutes 26.72 seconds. She celebrated by dancing in front of a stand containing other athletes from the Kenyan team.

Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi took second place for Kenya, with Klosterhalfen third.

The German trains with the Nike Oregon Project, which was headed by coach Alberto Salazar until he was banned for doping offenses Tuesday. Klosterhalfen has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands was expected to be a contender in the 5,000 before she chose to focus instead on the 1,500 and 10,000, both of which she won.


9:15 p.m.

Joe Kovacs of the United States has won the shot put with the biggest throw for 29 years in a contest decided by just a single centimeter.

Kovacs threw 22.91 meters in the final round to overtake the mark of 22.90 set by both U.S. thrower Ryan Crouser and New Zealander Tomas Walsh.

Crouser was awarded the silver and Walsh the bronze.

Kovacs' throw made him the joint third-best thrower of all time and was 22 centimeters off the 1990 world record set by Randy Barnes, who was later banned twice for doping offenses.

The top four men Saturday broke the world championship record, which had stood since 1987.


9:00 p.m.

Sifan Hassan has won the 1,500-meter gold medal for the Netherlands, adding it to the 10,000-meter title she won earlier in the championships.

The Ethiopian-born Dutch runner moved to the front of the pack with two laps remaining and charged away from the rest on the last lap to win in a championship-record time of 3 minutes 51.95 seconds.

She was less than two seconds off Genzebe Dibaba's 2015 world record.

Silver defeated the 2017 world champion Faith Kipyegon of Kenya, with bronze for Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia. It was first time any woman had won the world championship in the 1,500 and the 10,000.

Hassan is part of the Nike Oregon Project team, which was headed by coach Alberto Salazar until he was banned for doping offenses Tuesday. Hassan has not been accused of any wrongdoing and is now working with a replacement coach.


8:50 p.m.

The U.S. men's relay teams are still struggling with the baton, but qualifying anyway.

A day after a dicey changeover in the men's 4x100-meter heats, the 4x400 team nearly dropped the baton. Vernon Norwood struggled to find Wilbert London's hand and London had to slow sharply. That let three other teams pass, but London overtook them all later in the lap, setting up the U.S. to qualify fastest.

Jamaica won the second heat after Javon Francis held off Belgium's Kevin Borlee on the last leg.

Progress was much smoother for the U.S. women, who won their 4x400 heat in the best time by anyone the year, 3:22.96. Jamaica is the closest rival for gold after winning the other heat.


7:50 p.m.

Qatari fans have finally seen their world champion high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim receive his gold medal, a day after the ceremony was called off for a faulty sound system.

Roars from the crowd greeted Barshim's name before the medal was placed around his neck by Sheikh Joaan al-Thani, the president of Qatar's organizing committee for the world championships.

The Qatari flag was the only national symbol on the podium because the silver and bronze medalists came from Russia, which is officially suspended with a team of neutral athletes.

Barshim and the other medalists stood in silence on the podium Friday night for several awkward minutes before the ceremony was called off. Organizers said the sound system and its backup had both broken, making it impossible to announce the medalists or play Qatar's anthem.


6:55 p.m.

Defending champion Brittney Reese is out of the women's long jump after missing qualification for the final by a single centimeter.

Reese jumped 6.52 meters and was in the 12th and last qualifying spot before Jamaica's Chanice Porter displaced her with the last jump of the session.

It's a major disappointment for Reese, who had cleared seven meters earlier this season. Malaika Mihambo of Germany posted the best qualifying result with 6.98.

Germany's Johannes Vetter, the 2017 champion, was best in qualifying for the men's javelin with a throw of 89.35 meters.

The 2015 world champion Julius Yego of Kenya and 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago also qualified, but Germany's 2016 Olympic gold medalist Thomas Roehler of Germany was 23rd and failed to make the final.


5:55 p.m.

Nigeria's Tobi Amusan was fastest in the heats of the women's 100-meter hurdles, with world record holder Kendra Harrison of the United States not far behind.

Harrison ran 12.55 seconds in what was the fastest world championship heat in history, but in the next race Amusan beat her time with 12.48.

The 2015 world champion Danielle Williams was another heat winner for Jamaica. Germany's 2015 silver medalist Cindy Roleder and European champion Elvira Herman of Belarus also qualified.

Olympic champion Brianna McNeal of the U.S. was the biggest name eliminated after false-starting in her heat.

Defending world champion Sally Pearson of Australia retired last month following a string of injuries.

Semifinals and finals are Sunday.


5:30 p.m.

Just minutes into day nine of the world track and field championships, Olympic 100-meter hurdles champion Brianna McNeal was out.

The joint fourth-fastest woman in history in her event, American McNeal false-started in the second heat and was disqualified.

She initially disputed the verdict before accepting it after watching a replay, and then collapsed to the floor in a backstage area with her hands covering her face.

Also Saturday, there are the finals of the men's and women's 4x100 relays and the women's 5,000 and triple jump. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands can add 1500 gold to her earlier victory in the 10,000 meters.

There's also the men's shot put final in the stadium, while the men's marathon runners will have to contend with stifling heat and humidity on the Doha seafront.


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