• ‘You hope not to get lapped at all, but to get lapped so early is really shocking. It was the craziest race I’ve ever been in.’ Jo Pavey
  • ‘I train specifically for the 10,000m; and the Lord is giving me everything. My doping is Jesus. Otherwise I am crystal clear.’ Almaz Ayana

By Matt Gatward (The Independent) |

Rio De Janeiro―The Great British long-distance runner Jo Pavey was flabbergasted after the 10,000m race in which she was lapped and the world record, which has been held by one of China’s “chemical sisters” Wang Junxia since 1993, was smashed by 14 seconds by Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana.

The record was obliterated when Almaz Ayana ran 29mins 17.45secs to win gold in the opening track event at the Olympic Stadium on Friday. Pavey finished 15th, one spot ahead of her British teammate, Jessica Andrews, but both were way off the incredible pacesetter.

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The Great British runner Jo Pavey

The Great British runner Jo Pavey

“When I heard the times I just couldn’t believe it,” Pavey, 42, said. She was not alone with social media abuzz with incredulity.

“It’s so much faster than you could ever imagine anyone could run. I was aware how soon they lapped us. You hope not to get lapped at all, but to get lapped so early is really shocking. It was almost confusing. Everyone was running so fast you didn’t know who was in which lap.

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