Almaz Ayana Wins 10,000 in a World Record


The Ethiopian takes 14 seconds off a 23-year-old mark; Molly Huddle breaks the U.S. record.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana produced one of the greatest runs in Olympic history to win the women’s 10,000-meter final in 29:17.45, a world record.
ayana_almazh win world record 10000 mLast year’s world champion, Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya, took silver in 29:32.53, just off of the previous world record of 29:31.78, set by Wang Junxia of China in 1993. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, winner of the last two Olympic titles, overtook early leader Alice Aprot of Kenya to get the bronze medal in 29:42.56, a lifetime best that was 14 seconds faster than the previous Olympic record she set in 2008. in 33rd in 32:39.32.

Molly Huddle finished sixth in 30:13.17, an American record that took 9 seconds off the mark Shalane Flanagan set while winning bronze at the 2008 Games. Emily Infeld finished 11th in 31:26.94, a personal best. The third American, Marielle Hall, finished in 33rd in 32:39.32.

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