Ayana poses for photographers after setting a new world record.
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Olympic athletics got off to an astonishing start Friday when Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana smashed a 23-year-old world record to win the greatest-ever women's 10,000-meter and then had to deny suggestions that her performance was fueled by drugs.No woman had gone under 30 minutes in the last seven years, but the first four all did Friday, and even though the field was spread all over the track, the first 13 finishers ran the best time of their lives, including five national records.Briton Jess Ennis-Hill got off to a good start in the defense of her heptathlon title with an impressive 12.84 seconds 100 metres hurdles on a wet track – blue for the first time at the Olympics.
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