Wednesday, September 28, 2011

World record or world best?

In this week's column, Blake weighs in on the IAAF acknowledging only those women's world records set in all-women competitions. Performances achieved in mixed fields would instead be referred to only as a "world best." The ruling brings the use of male pace setters into focus. 
  " I also don’t think the super-elite women should be punished because they are too fast. Maybe there needs to be more emphasis on finding elite women capable of pacing to a world-record. Maybe it is a bit of feminism oozing out, but I think we can do our own pacing, thank you very much. Perhaps we should re-evaluate pacing in general. Ultimately, I am a fan of just racing, and one thing is for sure, there will be no pacemakers in the Olympic Trials marathon this January."
  Read more in Thursday's Monterey County Herald.

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