Almaz Ayana reacts after questioned if she's clean after smashing 10,000m record

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Another record has been broken at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, as Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana broke the 10,000 metres world record that stood for 23 years.

Ayana completed the race in 29 minutes and 17.45 seconds, which is 14 seconds less than the original record set by China's Wang Junxia back in 1993. Reports have stated as well that this was only the second time that the athlete had completed the distance.

As expected however whenever a record is broken, people question the integrity of the achievement, and the Ethiopian was in the firing line almost immediately.


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According to Rob Woollard of AFP, the 10k gold medalist was asked in the news conference after the race if she was clean, to which she replied: "My doping is my training, my doping is Jesus... I'm crystal clear."

First of all, it's quite disappointing that this question has been asked. With the drama surrounding the Olympics at the moment due to the Russian doping scandal, you can see why it was a topic wanting to be discussed.

Secondly, if she had taken drugs, do you really think she would admit to it after winning in such style straight away? Probably not. It's going to show up on the results when she is tested so the question didn't need to be asked.

A report from Reuters states that: "Ayana, who comes from a religious family, fiercely rejected any suggestions of doping." It would have been against her religion for her to do such a thing, so there probably wasn't any need for the question in the first place.

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