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2017 World Championships in Athletics London, United Kingdom

2017 16th IAAF World Championships - London - Women's 10,000m



Host City: London, UK
Dates: 4–13 August 2017
Nations participating: 205
Athletes participating: 2038
  Main venue: London Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
Reigning 5000m champion Ayana had won the Olympic title in an epic world record of 29:17.45. She had not competed so far in 2017 due to an unspecified injury and was regarded as both favourite and an enigma. The race was run at a cautious pace for the first 3600m, averaging 79-80 seconds per lap. Then Ayana made her move and showed she was in Olympic form again. A 68.66 circuit took her clear, with European Champion Can the only runner foolhardy enough to follow. At halfway (15:51.38), Can was 50m in arrears and Ayana had just completed a kilometre in 2:49.18 (28:12 pace). That grew to 250m at 9000m, with Tirop being the closest pursuer. In the most dominant of championship 10,000m performances, Ayana lapped all but four of the field, including the 2015 third and fourth placers Infeld and Huddle. The transponders showed that she’d completed the last half in 14:24.94, faster than her championship record at 5000m. Former champion Dibaba, now a marathoner, outkicked Tirop for the silver. Interestingly, the biomechanical report showed that Ayana had a difference of up to 20cm between the length of her strides from right to left, meaning that her right to left stride was notably longer than her left to right.




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