Meseret Defar fell short of becoming the first woman to win five straight world indoor titles when Hellen Obiri of Kenya came from behind on the final lap to win the women's 3,000 meters Sunday.
Defar took the lead halfway through the race and seemed in control until Obiri appeared out of the blue on the outside. The Ethiopian champion tried for one final kick to stay with Obiri, but she fell even farther back on the final straight."I didn't expect it. I am confused," Defar said.
In the men's race, Dejen Gebremeskel finished fifth. (AP)
Women's 3000m Results
1. Hellen Obiri (Kenya) 8:37.16
2. Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) 8:38.26
3. Gelete Burka (Ethiopia) 8:40.18
Men's 3000m Results
1. Bernard Lagat (US) 7:41.44
2. Augustine Choge (Kenya) 7:41.77
3. Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Kenya) 7:41.78
4. Mo Farah (Britain) 7:41.79
5. Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia) 7:42.60