Ayana smashes world record to win 10 000m gold

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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

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