Best world record – 29:31.78 Wang Junxia (CHN) Bei­jing 1993

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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

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