Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana broke the world record on her way to winning the women’s 10,000m gold medal in 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds.
The women’s 10,000m world record had stood since 1993, when China’s Junxia Wang clocked 29:31.78.
Gold: Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia)
Silver: Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya)
Bronze: Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia)
2015 world champion Vivian Cheruiyot finished more than 15 seconds after Ayana to earn the silver medal. Tirunesh Dibaba, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion, claimed the bronze medal.
The women’s 10,000m was the first track and field medal event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Dibaba’s younger sister, Genzebe, will race in the first round of the women’s 1500m tonight.
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