Vivian Cheruiyot made Kenya proud once again at the ongoing Rio Olympics. She became the first Kenyan woman to win the 5000 meters gold medal.

She stunned the world and sports experts alike by surging up ahead and beating 10,000 meters world record-holder Almaz Ayana. Victory was Vivian’s after 14: 26 shattering the Olympic record. Hellen Obiri was right behind her as she went in for the silver. What a proud moment!

Ethiopia’s Ayana closed just had to settle for the bronze.

However there is a moment before the race that has captured the world’s attention. Vivian exchanged some words with Bolt right before she hit the track.

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Bolt giving Vivian an encouraging hand

“It was my fourth Olympic Games and I had not got gold,” the 32-year-old Cheruiyot said. “Almaz can go fast … Today I said, ‘I am going to follow her. I am not going to lose her.'”

It is amazing to see two great athletes encouraging each other, goes to show you how much positivism there is in sports.

The ‘Bolt Pep talk’ helped yes but it is Vivian’s determination and skill that got her the gold

Bolt Congratulating Vivian after the race

 

Go Cheruiyot!