Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New rules for women's marathon runners put Kenyan Mary Keitany on course to become a world beater

Paula Radcliffe’s seemingly invincible marathon world record of 2hr 15min 25sec may have to carry the caveat “set in a mixed race” under proposed changes to the way women’s marathon marks are recorded.
The road-running commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations, which met in London yesterday, has recommended that the women’s world record be split into two in future — one for women-only races and one for mixed races.

Radcliffe’s record, set in London in 2005 and considered one of the most untouchable world marks in athletics, would be considered ‘mixed’ because for that year only, the London women’s race included two male pacemakers.