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Posted: July 13, 2005

Athletics: Historical Note - Bedford's 10,000M World Record

From David Monti

© 2005 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Henryk Paskal, an athlete manager, race organizer and statistician in Pila, Poland, reminds us that 32 years ago today, England's Dave Bedford broke Finland's Lasse Viren's world record at 10,000m.

Bedford, today the race director of the Flora London Marathon, ran 27:30.80 on July 13, 1973 in London, breaking Viren's mark of 27:38.35 set at the Munich Olympics the year before where he won the gold medal. Bedford's record lasted nearly four years until Samson Kimobwa became the first Kenyan to hold the world record for 10,000m, running 27:30.47 in Helsinki on June 30, 1977. Since then, five other Kenyan men have held that mark.

The record for 25 laps of the track now stands at 26:20.31, set by Kenenisa Bekele in Ostrava, Czech Republic on June 8, 2004. The 27 minute barrier has now been broken 37 times by 18 men running under 19 different names. Abdullah Ahmad Hassan of Qatar has broken 27 minutes twice under that name and once as Albert Chepkurui of Kenya.

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