Friday, August 12, 2016

Emily Infeld Sets PR in Olympic 10,000 Final

Running in what turned out to be the deepest women’s 10,000 in history, Emily Infeld placed 11th in 31:26.94 in Friday morning’s Olympic final in Rio.

Emily’s time is a new personal best, 12 seconds under her previous PR, set last year.

When Kenyan Alice Aprot set a sub-30:00 pace from the start, Emily let the lead pack go, and ran in a small chase pack, which she fronted for much of the race.

“I hope to keep getting better and better,” Emily told Runner’s World. “I was definitely in better shape than that showed today. It’s my first Games and I’m happy to be here…hopefully I can come back and be a bit smarter.”

Led by Ethiopian Almaz Ayana’s world record of 29:178.45, the race was extraordinarily deep. There were eight national records and 18 personal bests, the latter including the first 13 finishers.

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