Ayana Destroys Field in Her First Race after Rio to Win World Championships 10000m gold

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Olympic champion, Almaz Ayana, of Ethiopia destroyed women's 10000m field to claim the gold medal at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London on Saturday, August 5.

The World record holder and Rio Olympics champion, Ayana pulled away from the field six kilometers to go to cross the line 46 seconds ahead of her teammate Tirunesh Dibaba, the former world and Olympic champion. 

On route to victory,  Ayana covered the second 5000m in a blazing 14:26 to finish the 10000m race in a new world leading time of 30:16.32. Ayana's winning time was nearly one minute slower than her World record she set last year in Rio Olympics final. 

"I am very happy to win this title, much more than when I won the Olympic gold because I have been sick this year and didn't expect it. In fact, this was my first race of 2017," Ayana told reporters.

Women's 10000m Final Top Results

1 Almaz AYANA ETH 30:16.32 WL

2 Tirunesh DIBABA ETH 31:02.69 SB

3 Agnes Jebet TIROP KEN 31:03.50 PB

4 Alice Aprot NAWOWUNA KEN 31:11.86 SB

5 Susan KRUMINS NED 31:20.24 PB

6 Emily INFELD USA 31:20.45 PB

7 Irene Chepet CHEPTAI KEN 31:21.11 SB

8 Molly HUDDLEA USA 31:24.78

9 Emily SISSON USA 31:26.36

10 Ayuko SUZUKI JPN 31:27.30 SB

Full Results here

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