May 11, 2021

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Beth Potter’s jaw-dropping 5km world record unlikely to be officially ratified


British long-distance runner Beth Potter’s jaw-dropping 5km world record unlikely to be ratified… with Podium 5km event FAILING to meet World Athletics criteria for doping control and time keeping needed to officially recognise her time

  • Beth Potter took two seconds off the existing 5km road record with a superb run 
  • The former British 10km champion finished the event this weekend in 14m 41s 
  • But the Podium 5km event has fallen short of meeting World Athletics criteria 
  • There are also questions over the impact Potter’s footwear had on the time 

The astonishing 5km world record set by Beth Potter in a Lancashire village on Saturday is unlikely to be officially ratified.

In a run of 14min 41sec that pours further fuel on the debate around shoe technology in athletics, Potter took two seconds off the existing 5km road record set by Beatrice Chepkoech two months ago.

However, it is understood the Podium 5km event in Barrowford did not meet the World Athletics criteria around doping control and time keeping necessary for an official record.

Beth Potter’s astonishing 5km world record set this weekend is unlikely to be officially ratified

Further debate around the run has centred on Potter’s footwear, as the 29-year-old was wearing the new carbon-plated ASICS shoe. 

In taking 43 seconds off her personal best, and carving 10 seconds off Paula Radcliffe’s national record, the recurring question is how much of this improvement is down to the athlete and how much is because of the shoes.

Potter, a former British 10km champion who switched to triathlon, told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘It all started to sink in when I had about a kilometre to go and I saw the clock said 11 something and I was trying to do the maths in my head, I was convinced the clock was wrong, I couldn’t believe it.’

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