Rio 2016: Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smashes women’s 10,000-meter world record

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RIO DE JANEIRO — The Rio Olympics track and field competition has barely started but we already have a new world record in the women’s 10,000 meters final.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana stunned spectators at Rio’s Olympic Stadium on Friday crossing the line in a time of 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds, smashing a record that has stood for nearly 23 years.

Ayana, the reigning world 5,000-meter champion, obliterated the field, taking 14 seconds off the previous best set by China’s Junxia Wang in September 1993.

The 24-year-old Ayana was followed home by Kenya’s Vivian Cheriot with London 2012 champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia taking bronze.

A further two gold medals will be decided on the opening day of track and field — the men’s 20 kilometers walk and women’s shot put.

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