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.
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
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
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