‘My doping is my training and my doping is Jesus. Nothing otherwise, I am crystal clear’: Ethiopian gold medal winner of 10,000m who smashed 1993 record insists she won fair and square
- Ethiopian athlete Almaz Ayana took 13 seconds off a 23-year-old record
- She won the 10,000m, beating record set by a doping Chinese runner
- Ayana, 24, said her 'doping was Jesus' and insisted she did not cheat
- Britain's Jo Pavey - Team GB's oldest ever female athlete - finished 15th
The Ethiopian runner who obliterated the 23-year-old 10,000m world record by 13 seconds as she won gold has claimed her 'doping is Jesus' as she denied cheating.
Almaz Ayana smashed the record set by Chinese athlete Junxia Wang in 1993, who later admitted that she was complicit in state-sponsored doping at the time.
No one had come within 22 seconds of Wang's record until Ayana's spectacular feat today. It was only the second time she has run 10,000m competitively.
She was almost immediately quizzed on whether she had been doping herself, which she firmly denied.
‘My doping is my training and my doping is Jesus. Nothing otherwise, I am crystal clear,' Ayana, 24, insisted.
- The 10,000m race was won by Ethiopian athlete Almaz Ayana in 29:17:45, a time that both claimed the gold medal and smashed the former world record that has stayed in place since 1993
Ayana was taking part in the 10,000m for just the second time. Her first attempt, in June, saw her record the fastest ever debut over the distance.
Earlier that month, she clocked the second ever fastest time over 5,000m, just 1.44secs slower than the world record set eight years ago.
Ayana's breathtaking feat comes at a difficult time in athletics, with allegations of doping leading to some Russian sport stars being banned from the Games in Rio.