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Record Roasted: Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana breaks 10,000m world record

By Alex Butler
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Record Roasted: Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana breaks 10,000m world record
Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia races in the Women's 10,000m at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 12, 2016. Ayana won gold and set a new world record of 29:17.45. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- An astonishing 15 seconds lagged behind Almaz Ayana and the silver medalist Friday in the women's 10,000-meter run.

The Ethiopian crossed the finish line in a world-record 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds. She gassed Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot and teammate Tirunesh Dibaba for the victory. Her time annihilated Chinese runner Junxia Wang's 1993 time of 29:31.78.

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Watch the record-breaking run here.

Ayana's gold was the first track and field medal handed out during the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also has the fastest time ever in the 5,000 meter race.

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