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Ethiopian Runner Obliterates World Record at Rio 2016 Olympics

24-year-old distance runner representing Ethiopia, Almaz Ayana, just broke the 10,000m world record held since 1993 by more than 14 seconds.

Almaz Ayana, the 24-year-old distance runner representing Ethiopia, just broke the world record held since 1993 by more than 14 seconds.


Only racing the 10,000 meter race on the trace for the second time (say what?), Ayana finished first for gold in 29 minutes and 17.45 seconds.

“After crossing the finish line, the 24-year old raised her arms in triumph and then crossed her heart as Ethiopian fans in the stands cheered,” Quartz Africa reports.

Check out more reactions to Ayana’s remarkable feat below:

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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