JIM WALMSLEY ONLY 11″ BEHIND THE WORLD RECORD 100KM. 6H09M25S. AUDREY TANGUY WINS THE FEMALE RACE WITH 7H40M35S
JIM WALMSLEY RECORD WORLD 100KM. It couldn’t be… for eleven seconds. On 23rd January Jim attempt the 100K world record attempt in the United States and Japan by several Hoka One One athletes at an event dubbed Project Carbon X 2, following in the sting of the recent Salomon Phantasm 24 with which Kilian Jornet launched his first round at 24 hours.
Once the race was launched, the previous two favorites Jim Walmsley and Camille Herron ran very differently. For his part, Jim ran with enormous consistency, but stayed 11″ off the record. In the women’s, Camille retired after about a 5-hour race . Distance debutant Audrey Tanguy led the entire second half and crossed first with 7h40m35s.
Jim Walmsley at the finish line. Photo: Hoka.
JIM WALMSLEY RECORD WORLD 100KM: IT COULDN’T HAVE BEEN FOR ELEVEN SECONDS.AUDREY TANGUY LEADS THE FEMALE 7H40M35S
To celebrate the launch ofthes new shoe, HOKA launched a double attempt to break the 100K world record for his athletes around the world with the Carbon X 2. A high-level team, which was led by two fantastic athletes: Jim Walmsley and Camille Herron. In addition, it featured Europeans such as Elov Olsson, Caitriona Jennings or Audrey Tnaguy, as well as Japanese athletes Aiko Kanematsu and Yoshiki Otsuka. Below, you can see the list of the most outstanding in the Arizona race.
In total, there were more than thirty runners focused on challenges such as the World Record, the USA China, Japan and more… The appointment was held in two locations: The beginning was in Phoenix, Arizona and started at 15H CET.
JIM WALMSLEY WORLD RECORD 100KM: 6H9M25S VERSUS 6H09M14S.
At the time of departure, the world record for the men’s 100 km was 6:09:14. That meant, as a reference for runners by Jim Walmsley or his partner Hayden Hawks, running at a pace of about 5m56s per mile for 62.2 miles. For its part, the women’s mark was established was 6:33:11, fixed by Japan’s Tomoe Abe in 2000.
In accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, all athletes and event staff have followed rigorous pre-event testing and on-site safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of all involved in the Carbon X 2 Project, as well as the health and safety of the host community.
Once the race was launched, it soon became clear on the male side that Jim was very focused on the challenge. Safe, sustained rhythms and a total focus was the feeling it conveyed from the beginning. Even in a curious incident he suffered a stroke in the race with an obstacle on the side of the circuit that caused him to bleed at shoulder height.
As you can see in HOKA’s image above, Jim barely had an impact on his pace in the face of the record. Throughout the second half he scored partials always below the pace of world record, between 1-3 minutes. Very consistent partials all of them. Each loop was just over 10km. Jim was entering the final laps, with almost 5h30 race and no less than 1m46s advantage over the record.
However, the last few miles became especially hard. His pace between 5:27 and 5:45 dropped until he lost the accumulated advantage. The final stretch was of great emotion until Jim was seen smiling, despite not seeing his dream fulfilled. Barely 11 seconds have been known about him: Jim scored 6h09m25s, versus 6h09m14s of the record. Positively, Jim has achieved the second fastest mark in history and, of course, sets a new American record of 100km.
A twist to add to the world record since 2019 for the 50 Miles.
Complete results 100k men’s finalists.
AUDREY TANGUY LEADS THE WOMEN’S CAREER WITH 7H40M35S, AWAY FROM THE 6H33M RECORD.
In the women’s race, favorite Camille Herron re-pricked, as she did in her last record attempt, as in the failed assault on OCT20’s 48th record. After fighting in podium positions for the first 5 hours, she left. At first the British Carla Molinaro took the lead, however with varying partials, of 21-23min per 5km.
After the first two-thirds of the race, French mountain runner Audrey Tanguy took the lead. The two-time ultra trail TDS champion in Chamonix arrived as a debutant at this distance. It premiered in a big way: Its partials showed extreme consistency, always around 22min per 5km. until then. Audrey has continued to maintain a solid pace, although losing some spark over the past 25km. It ran between 23-25m for every 5km until entering the last 5km.
Audrey Tanguy at the finish line. Photo: Hoka.
Finally, Audrey crossed goal as the first of the day with a mark of 7h40m35s. A very interesting level for his debut in the modality, but far from that veteran 6h33 world record that has already surpassed 20 years of history. In her case, Audrey also stayed away from the legendary American distance record with 7h00 by Ann Trason in 1995.
Full results women’s finalists 100k
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