- The Washington Times - Friday, August 12, 2016

The new world-record holder for the women’s 10,000-meter run told skeptical reporters Friday that the only “drug” she takes is her Christian faith.

Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana posted a time of 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds in the women’s 10,000 meters at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Her gold-medal run shattered a 23-year-old record, but it also had reporters and fellow athletes wondering if doping may have played a role.

“My doping is my training and my doping is Jesus. Nothing otherwise, I am crystal-clear,” Ms. Ayana said through a translator after the race.

Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya took the silver medal (29:32.53), while fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, a two-time Olympic champion, came in third place at 29:42.56.

Sarah Lahti of the Sweden told Expressen that she suspected Ms. Ayana was aided by something more than prayer and training.

“I don’t believe she is 100 percent,” said Ms. Infeld, The Wall Street Journal reported. “It appears to be a little too easy for her. One cannot spot any facial expressions, she just presses on, while the rest of us are fighting for our lives at the rear. There cannot be that much of a difference. I cannot say that she is not clean, but there is little doubt.”

Ms. Lahti finished in 12th place with a time of 31:28.43.

Ms. Ayana will take part in the women’s 5,000-meter race next week.

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