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Argument Brewing Over Radcliffe’s World Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 21, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 21, 2011 at 11:20 AM UTC
A new controversial ruling by the IAAF has implications for Paula Radclffe's marathon world record. Photo: PhotoRun.net

A controversial IAAF ruling has many people up in arms.

A new controversial ruling by the IAAF has implications for Paula Radclffe's marathon world record. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Marathon bodies throughout the world are beginning to voice their disapproval of the IAAF’s recent decision regarding official marathon world records for women. Last month in Daegu, South Korea, the IAAF agreed to acknowledge as women’s world records only those times set in all-women competitions.

This has implications for Paula Radcliffe’s current world record (2:15:25) that she set in London eight years ago. Under the new rules, this mark would be classified as a “world best”, while the world record would revert to her 2:17:42 that she set in 2005.

The World Marathon Majors (WMM) and the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) said in a joint statement that they felt the IAAF Congress decision “does not represent what is required by the sport of road running.”

The statement continued: “They further believe that there should be two world records for women’s road running performances, separately recognising those achieved in mixed competition and women’s only conditions.”

Both bodies indicated they would continue to recognize both types of performances as world records and take the matter up with the IAAF.

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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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