Gidey holds off Kenyans to win 10,000m

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Ethiopian world record holder Letesenbet Gidey held off a twin Kenyan challenge and also finally overcame her nemesis Sifan Hassan in a terrific finish to win the women's 10,000 metres gold at the world athletics championships.

Gidey had been towards the front for the majority of the race but forged clear on the final lap on Saturday.

Hellen Obiri and Margaret Kipkemboi looked as if they might overhaul her in the final 30 metres but Gidey, glancing desperately to her right as Obiri closed, held on to win in 30 minutes 09.94 seconds - the fastest time of the year.

Obiri took silver in 30:10.02 with Kipkemboi third in 30:10.07 - both personal best times - in cool conditions perfect for distance running.

Olympic and defending world champion Hassan of the Netherlands, who has barely been seen on the track this year as she took time off to recover from her stupendous but draining 2021, ran out of gas in the final straight to finish fourth.

"The dream came true, this victory is even more important to me than a world record," Gidey said.

"I was thinking about winning this gold since 2019 but Hassan was always there. I was also watching Obiri. This time, I was really watching them and I knew I had to be very fast in the last 300m."

Hassan's fallow year and the absence of several other leading contenders meant this race was one of the most difficult of the Eugene program to predict.

The other gold medal decided in the early session on Saturday went to Poland's Pawel Fajdek, who produced the best throw of the year to secure an astonishing fifth successive world championships hammer title.

Compatriot and Olympic champion Wojciech Nowicki finished with silver and Norwegian Eivind Henriksen took bronze.

A stone-faced Fajdek threw a disappointing first attempt but ran away with the affair on the third try, letting out a roar as he hit a mark of 81.98m.

Fajdek is only the second athlete to win five back-to-back world golds, after pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, who ultimately went on to win six successive titles.

In the women's shot put all it took was one throw for Chase Ealey to become the United States' first women's shot put title holder, denying China's Gong Lijiao a third successive gold medal.

The 27-year-old let out a roar as she threw 20.49 metres with her opening attempt, a mark that proved untouchable through six rounds, though Chinese Olympic champion Gong came close with her fifth try, which fell just 10cm short.

Jessica Schilder of the Netherlands produced a national record of 19.77m to clinch bronze.

China's Wang Jianan produced a last-round leap of 8.36 metres to snatch the long jump gold after Tentoglou Miltiadis of Greece looked to be cruising to victory.

Wang had managed a best of only 8.03m in his first five attempts and was out of the medals but soared clear.

Miltiadis was on course to complete the full house of major titles after previously winning the Olympics, the indoor world title and the European indoor and outdoor titles.

His fifth-round jump of 8.32m looked to be good enough for gold and his second, third and fourth-best leaps of 8.30m, 8.29m and 8.24m were all better than anyone else in the field could manage until Wang's intervention.

Instead he had to settle for silver, with Switzerland's Simon Ehammer, who came to Eugene with a world lead 8.45m to his name after temporarily switching from decathlon, taking bronze with 8.16m.

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