Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): JoÃ£o Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 12, 2016
Format: Final only.
Run as a final only, this was less of a race than a time trial for Ethiopian [Almaz Ayana]. Kenyan [Alice Aprot] took the early lead and held it through 5,000 metres, passed in 14:46.81, a PR for her for the shorter distance, but Ayana was right behind her in 14:47.1. They remained like that through 13 laps when Ayana decided to start her time trial, running the next lap in 66.5. Only [Vivian Cheruiyot] was anywhere near her at the end of the lap.
Ayana continued, running metronomic laps to the finish, shattering the world record by running 29:17.45. The previous official world record was 29:31.78 by Chinaâs [Wang Junxia] but that mark was considered almost certainly performance-aided, and most track stat freaks felt the true world best was the 29:53.80 set by [Meselech Melkamu] in 2009. Thus, Ayanaâs time was over 36 seconds faster than that mark. She ran the second 5K in 14:30.4, her last 3,000 in 8:47.5, and the final four laps in 4:41.5.
Behind Ayana, the top 13 runners were pulled to PRs and there were multiple national records set. Cheruiyot finished in 29:32.53, followed by Ethiopian [Tirunesh Dibaba] in 29:42.56, with Nawowuna missing the podium with 29:53.51. The 2-4 finishers were thus also under what was considered the legitimate world record. American [Molly Huddle] finished sixth in a national record 30:13.17, as did Swedenâs Sarah Lahti in 12th with 31:28.43, Burundiâs [Diane Nukuri-Johnson] in 13th with 31:28.69, and Greeceâs [Alexia Pappas] in 17th in 31:36.16.
|6||Molly Huddle||31||United States||USA||30:13.17|
|9||Karoline Bjerkeli GrÃ¸vdal||26||Norway||NOR||31:14.07|
|11||Emily Infeld||26||United States||USA||31:26.94|
|15||Jo Pavey||42||Great Britain||GBR||31:33.44|
|16||Jess Andrews||23||Great Britain||GBR||31:35.92|
|21||Dominique Scott||24||South Africa||RSA||31:51.47|
|23||Alia Saeed||22||United Arab Emirates||UAE||31:56.74|
|31||Tatiele de Carvalho||26||Brazil||BRA||32:38.21|
|33||Marielle Hall||24||United States||USA||32:39.32|
|34||Beth Potter||24||Great Britain||GBR||33:04.34|