Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Paula Radcliffe's 2:15 Marathon record no longer valid...
Radcliffe's London marathon time of 2:17:42 from 2005 is now classed as the world record. She questioned the change in criteria and the way it has been retrospectively applied. "I think it is a decision that is going to be hard to fully enforce. Look at how many national and area records are set in mixed races. I also think it is a little unfair. If they were going to make that rule, it should have been so from the beginning, when world records came in on the roads. Now it is messy."
"In my two mixed races it was not my decision to have male runners with me, but that of the race organisers, and in each case I very consciously ran alongside them rather than ever behind. Indeed, in London, I was actively racing the two guys. Furthermore, I fully believe that I would have run pretty much the same time that day alone. However, rules are rules and I can't stress about things that are out of my control."
The World Marathon Majors (WMM) and the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) made a statement following the decision, saying they did not believe the changes represent what is required by the sport of road-running. "AIMS and WMM will continue to acknowledge both types of performances as world records and will discuss this matter further with the IAAF."
So basically, it is a mess. Is it fair that men can set records in mixed races and use pacers but women have to wait for 'women only' events? Is it fair to change the rules eight rules after the record was set? Comments...??
Posted by John Desmond at Tuesday, October 04, 2011