It took only 13 seconds to make a difference. A difference that beat a 23 year old record. Words have been falling over each other in a bid to ‘best’ appreciate the effort of Almaz Ayana.
On day 1 of the track and field events at the ongoing Rio Olympics, the Ethiopian runner won the continent’s first gold but more importantly did it in record fashion.
Twitter reactions show an interesting verb use for her feat, there is a departure from the traditional ‘breaks world record,’ as other words were used.
‘‘Smashes’‘ was by far the most used word to hail how Ayana’s time of 29 minutes 17.45 seconds had beaten the previous mark of 29:31.78 held by China’s Wang Junxia, a record set in 1993.
Beside ‘‘smashes,’‘ shatters, obliterates, eclipses, destroys and blitzes all made the list as media outlets and individuals thronged Twitter to celebrate Ayana and Africa for that matter.
Ethiopia’s minister of foreign affairs led the Twitter celebrations:
Kenya’s President Unhuru Kenyatta wouldn’t be left out despite Kenya getting the silver medal through Vivian Cheruiyot
Proud moments indeed. https://t.co/MKx3yywOna— H.E. Erastus Mwencha (@Erastus_Mwencha) August 12, 2016
Almaz Ayana obliterates the 10km world record.STUNNING.#Rio2016— Pulse Akoto (@eastsportsman) August 12, 2016
Ayana runs 29:17 crushes the Chinese (drug) World Record(29:31) from the 1990's…..— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) August 12, 2016