Linet Masai of Kenya has won the women's 10,000 meters at the world championships to break Ethiopia's decade-long hold on the race.

Masai was briefly held up by lapped runners about 300 meters from the line on Saturday before mustering a blistering kick to beat Meselech Melkamu of Ethiopia at the tape. Masai finished in 30 minutes, 51.24 seconds to beat Melkamu by 0.10 seconds.

Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia took bronze. Pre-race favorite Meseret Defar of Ethiopia was fifth.

Olympic and two-time defending world champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia did not compete because of injury.

(This version CORRECTS third-place finisher per official scoring change.)