Radcliffe to lose records

Marathon queen unhappy at losing world record mark

Last Updated: 25/10/11 11:08am

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Paul Radcliffe has hit out at the change in ruling that has downgraded her world marathon record because it was run in a mixed event.

The IAAF have enforced a new ruling which means they will only recognize road race finish times from all-female competitions as world records, both moving forward and retroactively.

Any past or future performances achieved in mixed fields will be referred to as a "world best" but will not be regarded as an official world record.

Radcliffe has spoken to IAAF's president Lamine Diack, but even if they want to reconsider they cannot do so before their next congress meeting in 2013.

Under the new rule, Radcliffe's marathon time of 2hr 15min 25sec, set in London in 2003, would be demoted to a 'world best' but would at least be in the record books in some capacity.

Unfair

"I do think that the rule is unfair," Radcliffe said. "It penalises women. It limits the amount of chances we have to set records because the majority of road races are mixed.

"They won't be able to do anything about changing the rule now. But they may be able to take away the retroactive aspect. That was really harsh.

"It was not just my world record but a lot of people's national records, area records, they were just suddenly wiped out. It seemed like your efforts were devalued."

Nike have gone so far as to organise a campaign on Radcliffe's behalf entitled "History Stands" and she has been delighted with the support she has received.

"At the end of the day women are out there running on their own two feet and through their own effort," Radcliffe added at the opening of Nike's new free weekly Run Club from their Westfield Stratford City store.

"It was a really big step that London made in 2003 to put the men in with the women's race so I was really conscious that I never ran behind them. I was racing them.

"You won't find one image of me running behind them. I was always alongside them, I didn't talk to them beforehand and we didn't set a pace. I was racing the guy and I was really annoyed that he actually beat me."

Paula Radcliffe was at the Nike+ Run Club launch Stratford, where she rallied support for #HISTORYSTANDS. Together with Nike, Paula is campaigning for the IAAF to reinstate her 2003 marathon world record title.

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