Beth Potter Breaks Women’s 5k Road WR!

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/athleti...hlon-specialist-breaks-5km-road-world-record/

and for those, like me, obsessed with shoes - she ran in the Asics Metaspeed Sky. Quite the debut for the shoe!

There is some discussion as to whether or not the WR will stand as apparently anti-doping officials were not present on site (a requirement of World Athletics regulations).

14:41 is a phenomenal time and I hope it’s ratified!

Edit: Fun little blurb I caught in my second pass through the article... if Potter's time is ruled to be an unofficial record then it will in fact be the second-fastest, behind Jepkosgei's 2017 performance, where she split a 14:32 during a 10k road race! I also hadn't realized that the road race is still very new in terms of being an official record (distinguished from the track event by the stylization of 5km versus 5000m).

The 5km has been registered as an official world record by World Athletics since January 2018, with Jepkosgei missing out on the honour as she set her 14:32 during a 10km in Prague in 2017.
 
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and for those, like me, obsessed with shoes - she ran in the Asics Metaspeed Sky. Quite the debut for the shoe!
Officially*

*Sara Hall wore (essentially) the same shoes in her notable performances in London last year and for The Marathon Project, plus Yuki Kawauchi (among others) wore them in his PR run at Lake Biwa in February this year.
 
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I love that energy of Ruth Chepngetich breaking through the tape!

I realize it is more strategic running but with all of the amazing efforts people have been putting out, I am so excited to watch the men's and women's events at the Olympics this year. I wonder how the environment will be? I have a friend living over in Japan and he went to his first in-person sporting event weekend (soccer match in Yokohama). They were allowed to clap but not cheer.
 
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https://runningmagazine.ca/sections...-5k-in-1439-breaks-world-record-on-home-soil/

I suppose we can expect that this record will be broken with some incremental frequency, given that the "road" variant 5km is still a baby in terms of recorded records (and more than 30 seconds still separate it from the longer established track variant 5000m).

Congratulations to Grovdal but it seems her effort will face the same ratification hurdles that Potter's did.
 
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