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Vivian Cheruiyot sweeps 10,000m silver medal at Rio Olympics | Coastweek

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Vivian Jepkemol Cheruiyot competes during the women’s 10,000m final of Athletics at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Brazil. Cheruiyot won a silver medal with a time of 29:32.53. XINHUA PHOTO - LI MING

Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot sweeps silver in 10,000m at Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana said she was "in awe" after smashing the world record to win the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics on Friday.

The 24-year-old finished in 29 minutes 17.45 seconds, to break the previous record held by China’s Wang Junxia by more than 14 seconds.

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot, who took bronze at the London 2012 Games, was second in 29:32.53. Defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia grabbed bronze in 29:42.56.

"This means everything to me," Ayana said. "It’s a huge deal. I never thought that this would happen. I’m so in awe.

"I have worked very hard. I wouldn’t say that my recent training has been any different from before but it was hard and it was all worth it."

Ayana, the 5,000m world champion, was racing over 10,000m for only the second time in an official competition.

In June she registered the fastest 10,000m debut in history with 30:07.00 at the Ethiopian Olympic trials.

She is the first woman to set a 10,000m world record at an Olympic Games.
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Results of women’s 10,000m at Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil (Xinhua) -- Following are the results of women’s 10,000m at the Rio Olympic Games here on Friday:

1. Almaz Ayana, Ethiopia, 29:17.45 World Record

2. Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot, Kenya, 29:32.53

3. Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia, 29:42.56

4. Alice Aprot Nawowuna, Kenya, 29:53.51

5. Betsy Saina, Kenya, 30:07.78

6. Molly Huddle, United States, 30:13.17

7. Yasemin Can, Turkey, 30:26.41

8. Gelete Burka, Ethiopia, 30:26.66

Vivian Cheruiyot sweeps 10,000m silver medal at Rio Olympics | Coastweek

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil (Xinhua) -- Gold medalist Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana [center] seen on the podium during the prize giving with Kenya’s silver medalist Vivian Jepkemol Cheruiyot  [left] and bronze medalist Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba. XINHUA PHOTO WANG LILI

           

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