Almaz delivers punishing kick in 10,000-meter race

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Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana again drew away with a punishing kick to win the gold medal, adding World Championship gold to her Olympic title and world record.The 25-year-old, who hasn’t raced in 11 months, obliterated the field to finish in 30.16.33 at the World championship in London.
Her compatriot Tirunehs Dibaba was in her wake for silver, after running 31.02.69 and Kenya’s Agnes Jebet Tirop came third, 31.03.50.
Almaz medalled at the Rio Olympics last year in the fastest race in history, clocking times that put her first on the all-time list. Today’s performance marked Almaz’s first race since September of 2016 and drew praise from different corners. “That was utter dominance from Ayana. She finished with a fast time but the first 5k was pretty pedestrian. To finish that quickly – no wonder she destroyed the field. It is scary she can come out and run that fast off no racing and doubts about her fitness. She is definitely in shape. What she can do over the marathon remains to be seen but on that evidence she can run it very fast,” Paula Radcliffe, Women’s marathon world record holder said on BBC TV.

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