AIMS, WMM Diverge From IAAF on New Record Ruling


World Marathon Majors Establishes
Position on World Records within Women’s Road Running


BOSTON – September 20,


At the 2011 International
Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, the IAAF Congress passed
a motion to change the standard by which women athletes achieve world record
performances in road races. By the new criterion, only times achieved in
all-women competitions would be acknowledged for world record purposes, and
performances achieved in mixed conditions would now be referred to only as
“world best”.


The new criterion means that Paula
Radcliffe’s 2003 London mark of 2:15:25 is no
longer the world record but now a world best, and that her 2005 London time of 2:17:42 is
the world record.


Statement from the World
Marathon Majors and the Association of
International Marathons:

The boards of both World Marathon Majors (WMM) and Association of
International Marathons (AIMS) have reviewed the recent Congress decision and
believe that it does not represent what is required by the sport of road


They further believe that there should be two world records for
women’s road running performances, separately recognising those achieved in
mixed competition and women’s only conditions.


AIMS and WMM will continue to acknowledge both types of performances
as world records and will discuss this matter further with the IAAF, recognising

The vast majority of women’s road races throughout the World are held
in mixed conditions.

The current situation where the fastest time is not now recognised as
a record is confusing and unfair and does not respect the history of our


WMM and AIMS congratulate the IAAF for introducing world road records
and for continuing to support road running through its labelling



AIMS represents more than 300 races worldwide, the vast majority of
them road races. WMM members are Boston,
London, Berlin,
Chicago and New York. Both bodies are represented on the
IAAF Road Running Commission and have
leadership roles within road running.


Performances considered for
records, rankings and qualifying purposes must be achieved in accordance with
IAAF Competition Rules. These include rules on course measurement,
decrease in elevation between the start and finish, maximum distance between the
start and finish lines.  An application for a world record will only be
considered if the athlete concerned undertook doping control at the



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