Ayana smashes world record to win 10 000m gold
ETHIOPIA'S Almaz Ayana smashed one of the longestheld records in athletics in Brazil yesterday to win the 10 000m and claim the first gold of the Olympic track and field competition.
The 24-year-old pulled away from the field midway through the race and never let up before powering home in 29min 17.45sec.
Her winning time was nearly 14 seconds quicker than the previous world best over the distance of 29:31.78 set by Wang Junxia in Beijing in 1993.
Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya took silver while defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba took bronze.
Meanwhile in other athletics events on Friday, South Africa’s Rynardt van Rensburg finished second (1:45.67) in the men’s 800m heats to qualify for the semi-finals, while Jacob Rozani finished a disappointing fifth in his heat in 1:49.79 to fall out.— AFP