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Rio 2016 ; Ayana smashes 10,000m world record

The athletics event of the Rio Olympics had its perfect opening day moment today as Ethopia’s Almaz Ayana broke the world record on her way to winning the Women’s 10,000 Meters gold medal in 29minutes, 17.45 seconds

The Women’s 10,000 meters world record had stood since 1993, when China’s Junxia Wange clocked 29 Minutes 31.78 seconds.

Ayana who looked like she had just run a 100 meters dash instead of a 10,000 meters race was participating in the long distance at a major event for the first time.

2015 world champion Vivian Cheruiyot finished more than 15 seconds after Ayana to earn silver medal while Defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia only managed third but in a personal best time of 29:42.56 – one of 18 personal bests in the race.

 

Ayana becomes the first woman to break a 10,000m world record at an Olympic Games.

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