Ethiopia breaks 23 years world record as Kenya comes second women’s 10,000m race #Rio2016

Kenyas Vivian Cheruiyot who took second place in the 10,000m race. #Rio2016 Photo: Reuters

Kenyan’s Vivian Cheruiyot bagged silver as Ethiopian Almaz Ayana won the race in a new world record of 29:17.25 in the women race.

The former world record of 29:31.78 held by Chinese Wang Junxia has been in existence for the last 23 years, having been set on September 8, 1993.

Our very own Kenyan athlete Cheruiyot bagged silver in a national record of 29:32.53 while Olympic champion Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba settled for bronze in 29:42.56 in the games at Joao Havalenge Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Cheruiyot’s medal is the first since the Olympics commenced in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil.

President Uhuru Kenyatta took to twitter to congratulate Vivian Cheruiyot after she bagged silver in the women ‘s 10,000m. Further lauding other athletes and Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia bagged the Gold medal in the race.

“Well run Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia. Truly deserved World record.” Uhuru tweeted.

Reiterating President’s compliments, DP William Ruto who is at the Rio de Janeiro to offer his support to the athletes, said “Cheruiyot’s second place finish in the women’s 10,000 metres final herald the start of our medal hunt.”

Kenyan Alice Aprot settled for the fourth position in a personal best time of 29:42.56 with another Kenyan Betsy Saina placing sixth in 30:07.78.

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