Loud cheers from home

Loud and proud: Friends, family and fans met up at Wanda Surf Club on Saturday morning to watch Cronulla’s Eloise Wellings finish ninth in the women’s 5,000 metres at the Rio Olympics. Picture: John VeageEloise Wellingsbacked up her stunning performance in the women’s 10,000 metres with another top ten finish in the 5,000 metres in Rio on Saturday (AEST).
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The Cronulla runner had run a brilliant personal best in finishing 10thin the 10,000m in a time of 31 minutes, 14.94 seconds –40 seconds quicker than her previous best –last weekend.

Wellings’ time was the also the fastest ever by an Australian woman over the 10,000 metres distance.

The 33-year-old backed that up by finishing ninth in the 5,000m in15:01.59.

Wellings said she was thrilled for KenyanVivian Cheruiyot who won gold in the 5,000m, charging home with fellow Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri in the final two kilometres to take the quinella, relegating Ethiopian 10,000m gold medalist Almaz Ayana to bronze.

Cheruiyot won in an Olympic record time of 14:26.17, with Obiri home in 14:29.77, and Ayana clocking 14:33.59.

Wellings also got to share the experience with fellow AustraliansGenevieve LaCaze, who finished 12th, and Madi Hills who finished 10th.

“I’m stoked for Vivian because I’ve been racing her since I was 15,” Wellings said.

“[Ayana is]in amazing shape, and the way she blitzed the 10K but obviously she’s a little bit tired.

“I know Genevieve’s breathing, so I knew it was her behind me. I feel her starting to drop off and I was like ‘come on, come on!”

A week afterobliterating the world record on the way to gold in the 10,000m, Ayana kicked away at the 1700m mark, appearing to have left the field in her wake before fading.

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