The IAAF has on Tuesday ratified Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana's record-breaking 10,000-meter run which produced Ethiopia's only gold at the just ended Rio Olympic Games.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana’s Rio Olympic Record 10,000 Meter Win Gets IAAF Ratification

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has ratified Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana’s record-breaking 10,000-meter run which claimed Africa’s first gold medal at the just ended Rio Olympic games.

The IAAF on Tuesday validated Ayana’s world record 10,000-meter- race. The 24-year-old’s finish time of 29 minutes and 17.45 seconds crushed the 23-year-old record of 14.46 seconds.

China’s Wang Junxia held the previous 10,000-meter record with a time of 29 minutes and 31.78 seconds which she set in 1993 in Germany. In February, Wang admitted to being part of a Chinese government-sponsored doping program, The Telegraph reported.

Ayana, who also set a world record in June for the fastest 10,00-meter debut race, defeated Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot to take gold in Rio.

Ayana’s outstanding victory earned Ethiopia’s its only gold medal; she also became the first woman to break a 10,000-meter world record at an Olympic Games event, BBC reported.

The IAAF also ratified the Men’s 400-meter world record set by South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk in Rio.

The athletics body further authorized Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk’s 82.29-meter throw Women’s hammer Rio record. Anita’s women’s hammer record throw earned her gold in Rio.

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