Track: Ayana sets world record, takes gold in women’s 10k; Huddle sets USA record

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The first medal in track and field is attached to a world record.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana blazed a 26:22.88 in the women’s 10,000m run, beating her nearest competitor by 15 seconds to claim gold.

Now the world and Olympic record holder, Ayana is joined on the podium by bronze-claiming countrywoman Tirunesh Dibaba.

Silver went to Kenya’s Vivian Jepkemoi, while Team USA’s Molly Huddle finished sixth. That’s no small accomplishment, as her 30:13.17 is an American Olympic record.

Fellow American Emily Infield 11th, while USA’s Marielle Hall ran 33rd.