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Oct 10, 2011
Focus: Women
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Due to a recent decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), women runners will no longer be eligible to set world records when participating in events alongside men. This decision will affect current and future records, invalidating British runner Paula Radcliffe's 2003 record set during the co-ed London Marathon.

IAAF justifies this decision by the fact that male pacemakers improve female running times by two full minutes. However, no woman other than Paula Radcliffe has come within three minutes of her world record.

All major marathons worldwide hire pacemakers to run a portion of the race to keep participants motivated and up to speed. Nullifying women's accomplishments in light of male pacemakers is disrespectful and discouraging to female athletes.

Please sign the petition to reverse the decision to invalidate female world records in co-ed running events!

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Posted: Oct 10, 2011 7:16am


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