Will retain her world record
Good news... so... does this mean that men's records will only stand in male only races..?
This means that the records will hardly ever be broken....!
While I'm glad they've reinstated Paula's time, it seems bizarre to do that but then restrict record attempts to single sex races. Firstly for the reason DV mentions but secondly because you're then not comparing like with like.
Supposing a woman does 2:14 something in a mixed race (I wouldn't expect it for quite a while) - it will then be adjudged not a world record, even though it was done in the same circumstances as Paula's time.
Is it just Paula's world record that will be allowed to stand, or will all the area records and national records also still stand?
I thought the new rule was ridiculous to start with, but it seems even more ridiculous if they do not apply it consistently.
Ahh, according to the IAAF statement it looks like any national or area records set in mixed races are gone:
"Following a recommendation by the IAAF competition commission regarding women's world records for road events, IAAF council has approved the continued recognition of the currently existing world records, regardless of the type of race in which they were achieved (mixed or women only) and new records will be officially recognised and ratified only if achieved in women-only races."
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