August 12, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO — After her amazing world record to kick off the track finals at the Olympics, Ethipio’s Almaz Ayana was asked by a Swedish journalist about breaking Wang Junxia’s “controversial world record”. The journalist said Swedish runner Sarah Lahti, who ran a 26 second pr in 31:28.43 for 12th, said afterwards she “didn’t think you were a 100% clean runner” (article here). The journalist wanted to know “what do you say about people who don’t think you can run this fast clean”.
Ayana smiled like she often did during the press conference and then gave her answer in Amharic. The translator who often did not translate but spoke in the third person towards Almana started off by saying Almana gave a “very sharp answer.”
Then he said for her, “Three basic things. I did my training, specifically (for the ) 5000 and 10000. Number two, I praise the Lord. God has given me everything, every blessing. My doping is my training. My doping is Jesus. Otherwise. Nothing. I am crystal clear.”