Friday, September 30, 2011

paula radcliffe- still a legend

Recently, the powers that be in road racing decided that the current woman's world record in the marathon was no longer valid. They decided that a record set by a women in a "mixed gender" race (so where the women are able to be paced by men) would no longer count. It would be a "best time" but wouldn't count as a world record (check out more of an explanation over at Runner's World).

The "old" record (2:15:25) was run by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. She still "owns" the new record. But that doesn't make it any better of a decision in my opinion. I don't like the rule. And neither does Nike (one of Paula Radcilffe's sponsors):
In my books and in the books of so many of us, history stands. That's a beast of a time Paula Radcliffe! The only way it should change is if a woman comes along and runs 2:15:24 or faster.

What rules do you not agree with? If you could change any rule- what would it be?


Leigh said...

I don't agree or like this change in the rules. I think if she can run a 2:15 marathon then she earned that title! So does the same apply for the men's record holder? He shouldn't be able to keep that if there were women in the race

kristen said...

I think the thought is- for the men, the women aren't "pacing" them and thus improving their performance but for the women, the faster men make them faster.

Nicole @ "Haute Runner" said...

Stupidest rule change ever!