How the Bookies See It
- Winner: Almaz Ayana (ETH) 4/11, Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 11/4, Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 11/2, Alice Aprot Nawowuna (KEN) 11/1 – Paddy Power
- Top 3 Finish: Almaz Ayana (ETH) 1/66, Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 1/12, Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 1/1, Alice Aprot Nawowuna (KEN) 6/4 - Sky Bet
- Almaz Ayana is an Ethopian athlete who won gold in the 5,000 metres in the 2014 African Championships in Marrakech. She won again in the 5,000 metres in the 2015 IAAF World Championships, and is now looking to take an Olympic Gold in the 10,000 metres. Her best time in 2016 over this distance is 30:07.00, putting her ahead of the rest by almost 27 seconds.
- Tirunesh Dibaba won gold for Ethiopia in the 10,000 metres in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (with a personal best of 29:54.66) and then again in London 2012. Dibaba has recorded a 2016 best time of 30:28.53.
- Vivian Cheruiyot has raced for Kenya in three Summer Olympics, and in London 2012 she won a silver medal in the 5,000 metres and a bronze in the 10,000 metres. That latter win was achieved in a time of 30:30.44, which is her outdoor personal best.
- Alice Aprot Nawowuna also represents Kenya, and won gold in the 10,000 metres in the African Championships in June of this year. It was there that she achieved her personal best time of 30:26.94. Aprot also won gold over 10,000 metres in the African Games in 2015, and in the Senior Women’s 8km race in the African Cross Country Championships in 2014.
Almaz Ayana is the odds-on favourite for good reason, and although she has more experience at 5,000 metres, if she runs close to her best time of 2016 for 10,000 metres she will be extremely hard to beat.
Of course, Tirunesh Dibaba will be very keen to defend her status as the current Olympic Champion, and if she wins again here she will be the first woman to win an individual athletics event at the Olympics on three consecutive occasions.
We will side with Ayana to win the gold, and view Dibaba as the likeliest danger.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Almaz Ayana to win the Women’s 10,000 Metres – 4/11 at Paddy Power
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.
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