News : Niyonsaba takes the diamond in the 5,000 African duel in Zurich
What a career the African army has given us in the 5,000 of the Zurich Diamond League finals. Between ‘loopings’ and with a most curious track set up in the center of the Swiss city and on the shores of Lake Zurich. ORA postcard image that the athletes who had won the ticket for this ‘final round’ have left us in search of diamonds. The winner was the Burundian athlete Francine Niyonsaba, who beat Nigerian Hellen Obiri in a heart attack final, whom she already beat the other day in Paris.
Attack with prize
Niyonsaba has attacked with about 600 meters to go and has not left the head of the group until crossing the finish line in a very good 14:28:98 (mark not homologated as it is not disputed on a conventional track), close to his personal best, which is 14:25:34. The Olympic runner-up and double world champion ‘indoor’ of 800 had to go to the bottom to circumvent the norm of hyperandrogenism (undergo a treatment that reduces your excessive natural production of testosterone).
Obiri was less than a second behind her rival (14:29:68) and third was the Ethiopian Taye (14:30:30). It was the first major race of these finals that will take place this September 8 and 9 in Zurich (the second day will be held on the track).