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IAAF Adjusts Ruling On Women’s World Records

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 29, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM UTC
Under the new IAAF ruling on road-race records, Joan Benoit Samuelson would own the American marathon record. Photo: Runner Space

Under the ruling, Deena Kastor would no longer own the American marathon record.

Under the new IAAF ruling on road-race records, Joan Benoit Samuelson would own the American marathon record. Photo: Runner Space

A new ruling coming from the IAAF may drastically change the concept of the world record for women’s races on the roads. According to Running Times’ Scott Douglas, the IAAF voted at a meeting in Daegu, South Korea to allow only times run in women’s-only marathons for record purposes.

The specific new rule states: “World Records for women to be recognised in women-only races. The IAAF shall keep a separate list of “World Best Performances” achieved in mixed Road Races.”

The impact of this ruling for the U.S. could mean that Deena Kastor’s American record in the marathon (2:19:36), a time clocked at the London Marathon (not in a women’s-only race), would no longer count. Accoridngly, the record would then belong to Joan Benoit Samuelson who ran 2:24:52 at the 1984 Olympic Games.

USATF’s chief public affairs officer, Jill Geer, had this to say on the matter;  ”On the AR, our USATF records committee will need to examine the new rule and determine whether we will apply it to U.S. records. Standards for American and World records aren’t exactly the same in road racing (in terms of separation between start and finish, etc) and that may end up being the case here.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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