Ines Henriques break 50km World Record
Ines Henriques of Portugal broke her own world record* with 4:05:56 to win the inaugural women’s world 50km title at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 on Sunday (13).
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Henriques was joined by China’s Yin Hang throughout the first half of the race, passing 25 kilometres in 2:02:18, well inside the pace required to break the world record of 4:08:26 set by Henriques earlier this year.
Yin started to drift back through the field through the second half of the race while Henriques pushed on, passing 30 kilometres in 2:26:35 and 40 kilometres in 3:15:14, by which point her lead over Yin was one minute and 50 seconds.
Although her pace dropped over the final 10 kilometres, Henriques eventually crossed the finish line in 4:05:56. Not only did she secure a $60,000 winning cheque, she will also receive a $100,000 world record bonus, presented with the support of IAAF partner Toyota and subject to the usual ratification procedures.
Yin finished second in an Asian record of 4:08:58.