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Women's 10,000m World Record 29:31.78 Wang Junxia

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8th September 1993, Beijing Workers' Stadium,

Paced by veteran Huandi Zhong, Wang reached the halfway mark in 15:05.69, on even pace to break Kristansen's 30:13 WR. Running well within herself however, Wang would quickly seperate herself from Zhong and unleash her trademark second-half kick.

Recording consistent km splits in the 2:50 range, Wang would cover the next 5000m in an incredible 14:26, 11 seconds quicker than the then-world record. Even more astonishing would be her final 3000m, covered in a scarcely believable 8:17.5, over 5 seconds ahead of Tatyana Kanankina's 9 year mark of 8:22. With a 64 second final lap, Wang crossed the line in a historic 29:31.78, breaking Kristansen's WR by 42 seconds and becoming the first athlete to break the iconic 30 minute barrier - and by a significant margin. The final km was covered in 2:46.99

It would take 15 years - at the Beijing Olympics suitably enough - for another athlete to break 30 minutes and come within 30 seconds of Wang's record. The record still stands by 23 seconds.

A week later at the same meet Wang would set the current 3000m world record of 8:06.11 (4:07/3:59 1.5k splits). She reportedly ran a marathon a day, running between 180-200 miles per week.

1. Wang Junxia: 29:31.78 WR
2. Zhong Huandi: 30:13.37
3. Zhang Lirong: 31:09.25

Personal Bests:
400m: 54.1 (tt) 1994
800m: 1:58.3 (tt) 1994
1500m: 3:51.92 1993
3000m: 8:06.11 WR 1993
5000m: 14:51.87 1995
10000m: 29:31.78 WR 1993
5 Km: 14:52 [road-relay] 1993
Marathon: 2:24.07 1993


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