Best world record – 29:31.78 Wang Junxia (CHN) Beijing 1993
AS with most other women’s world records, the legality and cleanliness will be debated but in terms of the margin of record and length of time it stood, this stands out.
Wang Junxia had earlier won the world title in Stuttgart with an 8:42 last 3000m but that was just a modest warm up for the Chinese National Games.
Zhong Huandi, who was runner-up in Germany, led to 7km in 21:14.4 which was a little outside world record pace. However, then Wang took off and ran the last 3000m in a space-age 8:17.5 – five seconds quicker than the actual world record for the distance and the record was smashed by over 40 seconds. Although finishing over 200m down
Zhong also bettered Ingrid Kristiansen’s record.
That was not the end of her recordbreaking as over the next few days Wang also beat existing world records at 1500m and then 3000m twice!
Result: 1 Wang Junxia 29:31.78; 2 Zhong Huandi 30:13.37; 3 Zhang Lirong 31:09.25; 4 Ma Liyan 31:10.46; 5 Zhang Liali 31:16.28; 6 Liu Jianying 31:23.92; 7 Wei Lu 31:28.63; 8 Wang Hongmei 31:31.54; 9 Feng Wenhui 31:32.15; 10 Wang Xiuting 31:32.33
Wang Junxia: longstanding record in 1993