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British triathlon specialist breaks 5km road world record – but will it count?

A Scottish triathlon specialist ran an astonishing world-record beating time in the 5km road race on Saturday in the latest shock result from an athlete wearing ‘super shoes’. Beth Potter, wearing carbon-plated Asics shoes, ran 14:41 at the Podium 5km, two seconds faster than the benchmark set in February by Beatrice Chepkoech in Monaco. The unstoppable rise of the ‘super shoe’ – and how it caused ‘mayhem’ in athletics However, her feat may not count in the record books due to World Athletics regulations that stipulate that anti-doping officials should have been on site at the meeting in Barrowford, Lancashire. While the Barrowford event has a licence permit from both Run Britain and the Association of Running Clubs (ARC), World Athletics requires a strict criteria on world record times – from course accuracy pre-race measurements and the presence of anti-doping officers. The sport will now wait for the governing bodies to make their judgement on the performance. Regardless of ratification, Potter’s time is in fact the second-fastest in history after Joyciline Jepkosgei recorded 14:32 before the 5km became an official world record discipline in 2018.

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