Almaz Ayana destroyed the 10,000m World record to kick off Olympic finals action this morning in Rio. Ayana's time of 29:17.46 shaved 14 seconds off Wang Junxia's 1993 mark.
Social media exploded, and not everything was positive. For some reference, Junxia later admitted to being a part of Chinese state-sponsored doping. Her previous record was 22-seconds ahead of the next best all-time mark, until today.
TiruneshDibaba, lost a 10k for the first time ever in her career in June. And just got beat by a half lap. hmmm— David Epstein (@DavidEpstein) August 12, 2016
Ayana runs 29:17 crushes the Chinese (drug) World Record(29:31) from the 1990's.....— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) August 12, 2016
Splits for Ayana--- 14:46 and 14:31.... laughable.— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) August 12, 2016
Please stop using the terms "extraordinary" or unusual in this championship. It's unreal, truly.— Stephanie Bruce (@Steph_Rothstein) August 12, 2016
Now not to go all soft, but you can't definitively condemn as doper based on performance alone. There's alway context (eg: testing quality)— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) August 12, 2016
So what context inform here? There's little to no testing in ETH, we know this. We know the WR was super doped before. That adds suspicion— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) August 12, 2016
Not sure everybody is getting the sarcasm here. https://t.co/SYFyEvTKaY— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) August 12, 2016
Ayana ran a 14:30 second half - quicker than Olympic 5000m record & the first half would have won 3 of the 5 previous Olympic 5000m finals— Athletics Weekly (@AthleticsWeekly) August 12, 2016
This race is a clear example of what happens when you play with EPO kids #Rio2016— Charlotte Purdue (@charliepurdue) August 12, 2016
Of course, there some were positive reactions, too.
It's a great day to bloom. These custom spikes had an amazing 10k today! pic.twitter.com/ULbuKPC3wg— Saucony (@saucony) August 12, 2016
What @MollyHuddle just did will be completely lost to a casual Olympic viewer. But every US track fan sits in awe!— Kyle Merber (@TheRealMerb) August 12, 2016
Congrats to @MollyHuddle for the AR! 30:13 going out in 14:55. Yikes, thats impressive.— Daniel Huling (@DanielHuling) August 12, 2016
In my opinion, @MollyHuddle American record should be celebrated SO MUCH MORE than that world record.— Chris Lotsbom (@ChrisLotsbom) August 12, 2016
Hats off to Molly.
Congratulations @MollyHuddle, brave fast running for an American Record.— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) August 12, 2016
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