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