• Ayana destroys world record to win 10,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana smashed the women's 10,000m record to win the gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

Reigning world 5000m champion Ayana clocked 29:17.45 to claim the gold in the women's 10,000m Olympic title. 

Ayana after crossing the 5000m marker in 14:47 took the lead from Kenya's Alice Aprot. The second half  of the race the Ethiopian runner covered  in a unbelievable 14:30 minutes, just 18 seconds slower than her 5000m personal best,  to smash the previous 10,000m world record by more than 14 seconds. 

Vivian Cheruiyot set a new Kenyan record of 29:32.53  to take silver,while double Olympic 10000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba claimed bronze in a lifetime best time of 29:42.56. 

Kenya's Alice Aprot who led  the through 5000m in 14:46.81 finished in 4th place in a new personal best time of 29:53.51.

The oldest athlete in track and field competition in Rio Olympics the-42-year-old Joe Pavey finished in 15th position in a season's best time of 31:33.44.

Total of 8 national records and 18 personal bests were achieved in the women's 10,000m final in Rio. 

See full 10,000m results here>>

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