Hellen Obiri won Kenya’s second medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after grabbing a silver in the women’s 5,000m.
The World 5,000m champion clocked 14:38.36 behind Dutch runner Sifan Hassan who timed 14:36.79 with Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay taking bronze with 14:38.87.
Other Kenyans, Agnes Tirop and Lilian Kasait, finished outside in the fourth and twelfth places, respectively.
In the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Obiri won silver, finishing behind fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot.
“To be number 2, it is quite amazing because it is a big achievement. The race was slow, nobody wanted to go in front. I know that Sifan (Hassan) is good over the final 400m and I tried to hold her, but there was nothing I could do. I tried my best,” Obiri told BBC Sports after the race.
“I am so happy because I didn’t expect the Olympics to happen because of the pandemic. Last year, I was in very good shape, but this year I was 80 per cent.”
Kenya won its first medal after Benjamin Kigen took a bronze medal in the 3000m steeplechase on Monday, 2nd August.
Kigen won the medal after he clocked 8.11.45 to finish third. Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali won gold in the race with a time of 8:08.90 while Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma snatched the silver medal.
Another Kenyan, Abraham Kibiwott, finished in 10th place in 8:19.41.