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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Women's 10000 m



Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Format: Final only.
Date Started: August 12, 2016  
Date Finished: August 12, 2016  
 Competitors 37from 24 nations  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
Summary by      

Run as a final only, this was less of a race than a time trial for Ethiopian [Almaz Ayana]. Kenyan [Alice Aprot] took the early lead and held it through 5,000 metres, passed in 14:46.81, a PR for her for the shorter distance, but Ayana was right behind her in 14:47.1. They remained like that through 13 laps when Ayana decided to start her time trial, running the next lap in 66.5. Only [Vivian Cheruiyot] was anywhere near her at the end of the lap.

Ayana continued, running metronomic laps to the finish, shattering the world record by running 29:17.45. The previous official world record was 29:31.78 by China'€™s [Wang Junxia] but that mark was considered almost certainly performance-aided, and most track stat freaks felt the true world best was the 29:53.80 set by [Meselech Melkamu] in 2009. Thus, Ayana'€™s time was over 36 seconds faster than that mark. She ran the second 5K in 14:30.4, her last 3,000 in 8:47.5, and the final four laps in 4:41.5.

Behind Ayana, the top 13 runners were pulled to PRs and there were multiple national records set. Cheruiyot finished in 29:32.53, followed by Ethiopian [Tirunesh Dibaba] in 29:42.56, with Nawowuna missing the podium with 29:53.51. The 2-4 finishers were thus also under what was considered the legitimate world record. American [Molly Huddle] finished sixth in a national record 30:13.17, as did Sweden'€™s Sarah Lahti in 12th with 31:28.43, Burundi'€™s [Diane Nukuri-Johnson] in 13th with 31:28.69, and Greece'€™s [Alexia Pappas] in 17th in 31:36.16.

 Summary by Wikipedia      

Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba entered as the defending 2012 Olympic champion and Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya was the reigning 10,000 m World Champion at that point. However, it was Almaz Ayana who had the season-leading time of 30:07.00, the fastest time recorded in seven years for the distance and also her debut.

At the start of the race the 37-woman field was led by Alice Aprot Nawowuna of Kenya. Nawowuna quickly increased the pace, turning the group of runners into a single file, and after five laps the leading group was reduced to eight: three Kenyans (Nawowuna, Cheruiyot and Betsy Saina), three Ethiopians (Almaz Ayana, Tirunesh Dibaba and Gelete Burka), Kenyan ex-pat Yasemin Can of Turkey and Molly Huddle of the United States. The pace remained high from that point on, unusual for an international championship. Huddle was the first to fall away from the pack, followed by Gelete Burka. With twelve laps remaining, Almaz Ayana suddenly took the lead from Nawowuna, disrupting a leading group that had already begun to lap the race's slower runners.

Almaz Ayana continued the fast pace and even increased it, regularly running under 71 seconds per lap. Cheruiyot was the only other athlete near, though she was still some 15–20 metres behind. Almaz lapped all the runners from tenth downwards and completed the distance in 29:17.45, knocking 14 seconds off Wang Junxia's 22-year-old record (which itself had stood twenty-two seconds faster than any athlete before that point). Cheruiyot was runner-up and less than a second outside of the old world record. Defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba won the bronze with the fourth fastest time ever and Nawowuna was also under half an hour to record the fifth fastest time ever in fourth place.

In addition to Almaz Ayana's world and Olympic record time, a total of eight national records were broken at the competition. Molly Huddle's run of 30:13.17 in sixth place was the area record for the North, Central American and Caribbean region and number 17 of all time. In fifteenth place, just 5 weeks short of 43 years old, Jo Pavey set the Masters World Record at 31:33.44. Further down the field, only four of the top twenty athletes did not set personal bests.

The medals for the competition were presented by Mrs. Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, IOC member, and the gifts were presented by Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the International Association of Athletics Federations.


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Junxia Wang (CHN) 29:31.78 Beijing, China 8 September 1993
Olympic record  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 29:54.66 Beijing, China 15 August 2008
2016 World leading  Almaz Ayana (ETH) 30:07.00 Hengelo, Netherlands 29 June 2016

The following records were established during the competition:

12 August Final Almaz Ayana  Ethiopia 29:17.45 WR
12 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: women's 10,000m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana opened athletics competition in style in the morning session, running a world record* of 29:17.45 to win the women’s 10,000m, the first final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

It was the deepest women’s 10,000m competition in history, with four women finishing within 30 minutes.

The former record of 29:31.78 was set in 1993 by Wang Junxia, less than two years after Ayana was born, and stood for just under 23 years. It was among the oldest remaining records on the track.

“This means everything for me,” said Ayana. “I never thought that this would happen, and I'm so in awe. I'm very happy to get here.”

It was only Ayana’s second 10,000m race, her first being a 30:07.00 in Hengelo earlier this summer which was the fastest-ever debut at this distance. Ayana had previously distinguished herself as the 5000m champion at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015

Kenya’s world champion Vivian Cheruiyot, bronze medallist four years ago in London, took silver in a national record of 29:32.53, just two seconds outside the old world record. Bronze went to two-time defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba in a PB of 29:42.56.

Alice Aprot Nawowuna took fourth in 29:53.51. The first four women to finish now stand first, third, fourth and fifth on the world all-time list for the event.

After years of hot conditions for championship 10,000m races, this morning’s final saw overcast and cool conditions favourable for distance running, with the off-and-on drizzle which watered earlier events mostly dried when the 37 starters arrived on the track.

Ayana from halfway

Kenya’s Aprot set the early pace, opening a slight gap in the first kilometre before Ayana moved up to follow her.

By the second 1000m split, the race was already thinned down to Aprot, Ayana, Turkey’s Yasemin Can, and then Cheruiyot and Betsy Saina of Kenya, Dibaba, Gelete Burka, and Molly Huddle of the USA, all stretched out single file.

Aprot’s pace was already aggressive; she was 30 seconds under her own 5000m PB at the halfway mark, and Burka and Huddle had lost contact with the lead group.

After they passed 5000m Ayana, clearly following through on her pre-race plan, moved definitively to the front and increased the pace even more, running her fastest kilometre of the race from 5000m to 6000m.

From there on it was all about Ayana’s time trial.

By 7000m even Cheruiyot had stopped watching Ayana’s back and was simply pushing as hard as she could to hold her place and get to the finish. Dibaba and Aprot exchanged possession of third place several times in the ninth kilometre before Dibaba finally held on to it in the closing laps.

Ayana passed 9000m at 26:22.9 and took the bell in 28:09.4, needing only a 1:21 closing lap to break the world record. She ran 1:08 instead to establish herself as the fastest ever by 14 seconds, winning by 15.08 over Cheruiyot, the biggest winning margin in Olympic history in this event.

The benefits of the fast early pace followed down the field, with eight national records (counting Ayana’s Ethiopian record) and almost half the field (17 of 35 finishers) recording PBs.

The national records went to Cheruiyot for Kenya, Huddle in sixth for the USA (also a North American record), Sarah Lahti of Sweden, Diane Nukuri of Burundi, Alexi Pappas of Greece, Darya Maslova of Kyrgyzstan, and Sitora Hamidova of Uzbekistan.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

10000 m Women     Final 12 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 29.17.45     Almaz Ayana   ETH 21 Nov 91   WR , WL PB
2 29.32.53     Vivian Cheruiyot   KEN 11 Sep 83   NR , PB
3 29.42.56     Tirunesh Dibaba   ETH 1 Oct 85   PB
4 29.53.51     Alice Nawowuna   KEN 2 Jan 94   PB
5 30.07.78     Betsy Saina   KEN 30 Jun 88   PB
6 30.13.17     Molly Huddle   USA 31 Aug 84   AR , PB
7 30.26.41     Yasemin Can   TUR 11 Dec 96   AUR , PB
8 30.26.66     Gelete Burka   ETH 23 Jan 86   PB
9 31.14.07     Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal   NOR 14 Jun 90   PB
10 31.14.94     Eloise Wellings   AUS 9 Nov 82   PB
11 31.26.94     Emily Infeld   USA 21 Mar 90   PB
12 31.28.43     Sarah Lahti   SWE 18 Feb 95   NR , PB
13 31.28.69     Diane Nukuri   BDI 1 Dec 84   NR , PB
14 31.32.43     Susan Kuijken   NED 8 Jul 86   SB
15 31.33.44     Jo Pavey   GBR 20 Sep 73   SB
16 31.35.92     Jess Andrews   GBR 1 Oct 92   PB
17 31.36.16     Alexi Pappas   GRE 28 Mar 90   NR , PB
18 31.36.44     Yuka Takashima   JPN 12 May 88    
19 31.36.90     Darya Maslova   KGZ 6 May 95   NR , PB
20 31.44.44     Hanami Sekine   JPN 26 Feb 96    
21 31.51.47     Dominique Scott   RSA 24 Jun 92   PB
22 31.53.14     Natasha Wodak   CAN 17 Dec 81   SB
23 31.56.74     Alia Mohamed Saeed   UAE 18 May 91    
24 31.57.77     Sitora Khamidova   UZB 12 May 89   NR , PB
25 32.04.21     Lanni Marchant   CAN 11 Apr 84   SB
26 32.06.05     Carla Salomé Rocha   POR 25 Apr 90    
27 32.07.80     Salomé Nyirarukundo   RWA 20 Dec 97    
28 32.08.92     Jip Vastenburg   NED 21 Mar 94    
29 32.09.67     Trihas Gebre   ESP 29 Apr 90   SB
30 32.11.67     Veronica Inglese   ITA 22 Nov 90    
31 32.38.21     Tatiele Roberta de Carvalho   BRA 22 Nov 89    
32 32.39.08     Brenda Flores   MEX 4 Sep 91   SB
33 32.39.32     Marielle Hall   USA 28 Jan 92    
34 33.04.34     Beth Potter   GBR 27 Dec 91    
35 35.33.03     Marisol Romero   MEX 26 Nov 83    
  DNF     Juliet Chekwel   UGA 25 May 90    
  DNF     Yekaterina Tunguskova   UZB 10 May 88    

Quick Result View


1st place, gold medalist(s) Almaz Ayana  Ethiopia 29:17.45 WR
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Vivian Cheruiyot  Kenya 29:32.53 NR
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 29:42.56 PB
4 Alice Aprot Nawowuna  Kenya 29:53.51 PB
5 Betsy Saina  Kenya 30:07.78 PB
6 Molly Huddle  United States 30:13.17 AR
7 Yasemin Can  Turkey 30:26.41 PB
8 Gelete Burka  Ethiopia 30:26.66 PB
9 Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal  Norway 31:14.07 PB
10 Eloise Wellings  Australia 31:14.94 PB
11 Emily Infeld  United States 31:26.94 PB
12 Sarah Lahti  Sweden 31:28.43 NR
13 Diane Nukuri  Burundi 31:28.69 NR
14 Susan Kuijken  Netherlands 31:32.43  
15 Jo Pavey  Great Britain 31:33.44 SB, WMR
16 Jess Andrews  Great Britain 31:35.92 PB
17 Alexi Pappas  Greece 31:36.16 NR
18 Yuka Takashima  Japan 31:36.44  
19 Darya Maslova  Kyrgyzstan 31:36.90 NR
20 Hanami Sekine  Japan 31:44.44  
21 Dominique Scott  South Africa 31:51.47 PB
22 Natasha Wodak  Canada 31:53.14 SB
23 Alia Saeed Mohammed  United Arab Emirates 31:56.74  
24 Sitora Hamidova  Uzbekistan 31:57.77 NR
25 Lanni Marchant  Canada 32:04.21 SB
26 Carla Salomé Rocha  Portugal 32:06.05  
27 Salome Nyirarukundo  Rwanda 32:07.80  
28 Jip Vastenburg  Netherlands 32:08.92  
29 Trihas Gebre  Spain 32:09.67 SB
30 Veronica Inglese  Italy 32:11.67  
31 Tatiele de Carvalho  Brazil 32:38.21  
32 Brenda Flores  Mexico 32:39.08 SB
33 Marielle Hall  United States 32:39.32  
34 Beth Potter  Great Britain 33:04.34  
35 Marisol Romero  Mexico 35:33.03  
Ekaterina Tunguskova  Uzbekistan DNF  
Juliet Chekwel  Uganda DNF  



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