Best world record: Marita Koch – 47.60, Can­berra 1985

Athletics Weekly - - Statistics -

IN VIEW of the proven East Ger­man dop­ing, this should not even be a world record but it is and 33 years on the as­ton­ish­ing mark is un­chal­lenged and should be for an­other 33 years.

De­spite the sad­ness of it be­ing be­yond clean ath­letes (or even many dirty ones), there is no deny­ing it is a spe­cial mark. Koch had fan­tas­tic sprint marks (10/83/21.71) and good en­durance and she even­tu­ally brought the record down by 1.59 sec­onds from 49.29 to 47.60. In the IAAF World Cup in Can­berra it is es­ti­mated she ran 11.4 at 100, 22.4 at 200m and 34.1 at 300m (45.5 pace!) and she won by around six me­tres from Olga Vla­dyk­ina. For­mer record-holder Jarmila Kra­tochvilova was fifth.

Re­sult: 1 Marita Koch (GDR) 47.60; 2 Olga Vla­dyk­ina (RUS) 48.27; 3 Lil­lie Leather­wood (USA) 50.43; 4 Ana Quirot (AME) 50.86; 5 Jarmila Kra­tochvilova (EUR) 50.95; 6 Deb­bie Flintoff-King (OCE) 51.57; 7 PT Usha (ASI) 51.61; 8 Kehminde Vaughan (AFR) 53.16

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