Almaz Ayana smashes record to win women’s 10,000m gold medal

Almaz Ayana

RIO (NBC) — Gold:  Almaz Ayana
Silver: Vivian Cheruiyot
Bronze: Tirunesh Dibaba

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana broke the world record to win the women’s 10,000m gold medal in 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds.

The world record of 29:31.78 set by China’s Junxia Wang in 1993.

2015 world champion Vivian Cheruiyot earned the silver medal, while Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion, claimed the bronze medal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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