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WOMEN'S WORLD 100-K RECORD SET
By David Monti
(c) 2007 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
September 10, 207

At last Saturday's Stichting Ultraloop Winschoten in Holland, host of the IAU World Cup 100-K Championships, Norimi Sakurai of Japan came tantalizingly close to breaking the seven hour barrier, recording a new world road record for the distance of 7:00:27.

According to records kept by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS), the previous record was 7:00:48 by American Ann Trason set on the same 10 km, ten-loop course in Winschoten back in 1995.  Tomoe Abe of Japan ran faster on a point-to-point course in Yubetsu, Japan, in 2000 (6:33:11), but that mark is not recognized as a world record because of the possible aid of wind or gravity.

In the men's race, the Japanese went 1-2 with Shinichi Watanabe (6:23:21) and Kenji Nakanishi (6:30:21) the first to finish.

Editor's Note: Sakurai's pace was 6:46 a mile for the 7 hours. The men's winning pace was 6:10 per mile.


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