Lithuania’s Aleksandr Sorokin added yet another world record to his already impressive resume by running a 6:05:41 (unofficial) at the Centurion Running Track 100 Mile in Bedford, United Kingdom, on Saturday, April 23, 2022, to set a new 100-kilometer world record. Japan’s Nao Kazami set the previous 100k world record of 6:09:14 at Lake Saroma 100k in Japan on June 24, 2018.
To put Sorokin’s run into perspective, that’s 5:53 per mile or 3:39 per kilometer pace for 62.2 miles/100 kilometers.
Sorokin went through the marathon mark in 2:32:33, and hit 50k in 3:01:50, setting a new Lithuanian national record for 50k, which he previously set in 3:02:39 at the Vilnius 100k in July 2021. He ran well ahead of the previous 100k world record pace in the final quarter of the effort and didn’t fall off. He was approximately three to four minutes under 100k-world-record pace with 24k to go and ran through 50 miles in 4:53:41, which Ally Beaven reported as three minutes inside 100k world record pace. (For perspective, Jim Walmsley holds the 50-mile world record in 4:50:08.)
Sorokin already owns the world records for running 100 miles in 10 hours, 51 minutes, and 39 seconds, as well as 12 hours by running 110.24 miles/177.41 kilometers in that time (interview) and the world record for 24 hours with a distance of 192.25 miles/309.4kilometers (interview).