British long-distance runner Beth Potter’s stunning 5km world record is unlikely to be ratified … with Podium 5km event NOT meeting the World Athletics’ doping control and timekeeping criteria required to officially recognize her time
- Beth Potter took two seconds off the existing 5km road record with an excellent run
- The former British 10k Champion finished the event in 14m 41s this weekend
- But the Podium 5km event does not meet the World Athletics criteria
- There are also questions about the impact of Potter’s shoes on time
The astonishing 5km world record set by Beth Potter in a Lancashire village on Saturday is unlikely to be officially confirmed.
In a 14-minute, 41-second run that adds even more fuel to the debate over shoe technology in athletics, Potter took two seconds off the existing 5km road record Beatrice Chepkoech set two months ago.
However, it is clear that the Podium 5km event in Barrowford did not meet the World Athletics doping control and timekeeping criteria required for an official record.
Beth Potter’s astonishing 5km world record set this weekend is unlikely to be officially ratified
Further discussion around the run turned to Potter’s footwear as the 29-year-old wore the new carbon-coated ASICS shoe.
Taking 43 seconds from her personal best and 10 seconds from Paula Radcliffe’s national record, the recurring question is how much of this improvement is due to the athlete and how much is due to the shoes.
Potter, a former British 10k champion who switched to triathlon, said BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘It all started to collapse when I had about a mile to go and I saw the clock 11 say something and I tried to do the math in my head, I was convinced the clock was wrong, I could do it do not believe . ‘