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Aly Dixon breaks 50K world record by over a minute

Overall and Canadian results from the 50K World Championships

Great Britain’s Aly Dixon smashed the 50K world record at the 50K World Championships on Sunday in Brasov, Romania. Dixon ran a 3:07:20 to break the record in her first-ever ultra marathon. The previous record was held by Frith Van de Merwe in 3:08:39 from 1989.

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The British runner is 40 years old with a very successful marathon career to back her. The runner’s personal best is a 2:29:06 from the 2017 London World Championships. She was 16th at this year’s Boston Marathon. Evidently Dixon was built for long distance as her first attempt at ultramarathoning was a huge success. The course was run in loops with under 30m of elevation gain.

Helen Davies, also of Great Britain, was second in 3:09:16. Spain’s Alicia Perez claimed bronze in 3:15:09. Canadian Catherine Royer was 29th in 3:37:08.

Calum Neff was the first Canadian across the line in 2:57:58 for 16th place in the men’s race. Olivier Roy-Baillargeon was 38th in 3:08:40 and Sanjay Sachdev was 39th in 3:09:03. Neff holds the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon (2:31:21) and fastest half-marathon while pushing a stroller.

Neff fell a little short of his goal of breaking the long-standing Canadian 50K record of 2:53:20 set by Andy Jones in 1991 in Houston, TX, but certainly came within striking distance. Complete results can be found here.