After a slow start Lucy Van Dalen was in the opening group of runners, but when the Kenyans up the tempo mid-way through the race the field strung out and Van Dalen was left back in 12th for most of the journey.
The 25 year old in only her fourth 5000m race finished 13th in 15:58.43.
Mercy Cherono of Kenya, the silver medallist at last year’s Moscow world championships, won in 15:07.21 from compatriot Janet Kisa 15:08.90 with 40 year old Jo Pavey of England spoiling a Kenyan clean sweep shutting Margaret Muriuki out of the bronze in 15:08.96.
Van Dalen said that it went off really slow.
“I tried to relax but suddenly there was a bit of a burst the pace kind of just went and I tried to change my gears and stick with it, I just wasn’t on my best today and it was a bit of a battle I must say.
“But I’m pleased I got through it and I really tried my best and that was as good as I could do today.”
The London Olympic Games 1500m semi-finalist added that she is still learning to race 5000m in championship races.
Her personal best is 15:21.08 at the Mt Sac Relays meeting in California in April last year.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent