Message From Rio 2016 - Day 7

The 2016 U.S. Olympic men's and women's track and field team poses in front of the Olympic rings in Rio de Janeiro.

Women’s 10,000m final makes Olympic history

RIO DE JANEIRO – Today, the Engenhão Stadium saw fireworks in the very first track and field final of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana shattered the world record in the women’s 10,000 meters to the cheers of a crowd who couldn’t believe the splits they were seeing on the big screen. Behind Ayana, Team USA’s Molly Huddle ran an incredibly gutsy race to break the American record and finish in sixth place. She made her country very proud today.

There were other good performances as many athletes advanced across several events, but the quick pace and outstanding depth in the entire field of that race meant it was the fastest women’s 10,000m in Olympic history.

And this was all before noon. 

Add to that the outstanding performance of Michelle Carter in the shot put; the reigning World Indoor champion threw huge on her last attempt to break the American record, pull ahead of Valerie Adams, and claim gold for Team USA. It is the first Olympic gold medal ever for an American woman in the shot put.

It’s going to be a good Olympics.

Vin Lananna
2016 Olympic Head Coach – Men’s Track and Field

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