No Rio Medals for 2 Runners with AR Ties

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Two Rio Olympians with ties to Arkansas have missed their chance to win a medal.

Both competed Friday morning in the women’s 10000m final.

Former Razorback Dominique Scott finished 21st and UALR grad Natasha Wodak was right behind her at 22nd. Scott represented South Africa. As a Razorback, she was the first three-time NCAA Champion in school history. Wodak represented Canada. She still holds a number of records she set while at UALR.

The winner was Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana, who claimed the gold medal. The silver medalist was Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot. Taking home the bronze medal was Tirunesh Dibaba, another Ethiopian.

Ayana’s time was 29:17.45, which set a new world record.

American Molly Huddle finished sixth at 30:13.17, setting a new U.S. record.

In a news release issued by UALR on Wodak’s performance, it states that the former Trojan distance runner ran a season best in the race with a time of 31:53.14, just 12 seconds shy of Wodak’s personal best that she set in 2015.

Wodak became just the second former Little Rock cross country/track athlete to participate in the Olympic Games, joining Dawn Williams’ 800-meter race in 1996.  

Wodak still holds the Canadian record in the 10K as well as the 8K.

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