| Event type

10,000 metres, Women

Date12 August 2016 — 11:10
LocationEstádio Olímpico João Havelange, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants37 from 24 countries
FormatFinal 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 China’s 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, Ayana’s 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 Aprot 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 Sweden’s Sarah Lahti in 12th with 31:28.43, Burundi’s Diane Nukuri-Johnson in 13th with 31:28.69, and Greece’s Alexia Pappas in 17th in 31:36.16.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (A)
1641Almaz AyanaETH29:17.45GoldWR
2946Vivian CheruiyotKEN29:32.53Silver
3645Tirunesh DibabaETH29:42.56Bronze
4953Alice AprotKEN29:53.51
5956Betsy SainaKEN30:07.78
61349Molly HuddleUSA30:13.17
71257Yasemin CanTUR30:26.41
8642Gelete BurkaETH30:26.66
91068Karoline Bjerkeli GrøvdalNOR31:14.07
10344Eloise WellingsAUS31:14.94
111350Emily InfeldUSA31:26.94
121227Sarah LahtiSWE31:28.43
13371Diane Nukuri-JohnsonBDI31:28.69
141036Susan KuijkenNED31:32.43
15717Jo PaveyGBR31:33.44
16694Jess AndrewsGBR31:35.92
17801Alexi PappasGRE31:36.16
18922Yuka TakashimaJPN31:36.44
19962Darya MaslovaKGZ31:36.90
20919Hanami SekineJPN31:44.44
211169Dominique Scott-EfurdRSA31:51.47
22501Natasha WodakCAN31:53.14
231267Alia SaeedUAE31:56.74
241387Sitora KhamidovaUZB31:57.77
25482Lanni MarchantCAN32:04.21
261134Carla Salomé RochaPOR32:06.05
271176Salome NyirarukundoRWA32:07.80
281044Jip VastenburgNED32:08.92
29622Trihas GebreESP32:09.67
30866Veronica IngleseITA32:11.67
31418Tatiele de CarvalhoBRA32:38.21
321008Brenda FloresMEX32:39.08
331346Marielle HallUSA32:39.32
34720Beth PotterGBR33:04.34
351011Marisol RomeroMEX35:33.03
DNF1269Juliet ChekwelUGA
DNF1393Yekaterina TunguskovaUZB


1000 m3:01.53Alice Aprot
2000 m5:55.79Alice Aprot
3000 m8:52.70Alice Aprot
4000 m11:49.79Alice Aprot
5000 m14:46.81Alice Aprot
6000 m17:36.74Almaz Ayana
7000 m20:29.98Almaz Ayana
8000 m23:25.37Almaz Ayana
9000 m26:22.88Almaz Ayana