A new benchmark in ultra distance running has been set by Aleksandr Sorokin, an exceptional talent hailing from Lithuania. In a stunning display of endurance and speed, Sorokin broke the existing 100km world record by over three minutes in his hometown event, clocking in at 6:05:35. This remarkable feat equates to sustaining a pace of 5:53 per mile for over 62 miles.
Sorokin, while not a universally known figure, is undeniably a giant in the ultra distance running arena. His recent achievement further cements his place among the elites. This incredible record-breaking run occurred during the World’s Fastest Run, held in Vilnius, where Sorokin started his running journey. His 100km record-breaking time translates to maintaining a 3:39 pace per kilometer.
The 41-year-old Sorokin passed the marathon mark at 2:32:30, a time just seven minutes shy of his personal best marathon time, set earlier this year in Seville. Despite the fairly high temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius, Sorokin managed to sustain his pace throughout the second half of the race, demonstrating his remarkable stamina.
Expressing his elation, Sorokin said, “I am incredibly delighted to have set a new world record, and it gives me immense pleasure to do so in my home city. Vilnius is where my running journey began, and it’s an honor to give back by making history here”
Sorokin’s impressive portfolio of records is not limited to this recent 100km achievement. He holds multiple world records, including the 100 miles, as well as the records for the furthest distance run in six hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours. However, his previous attempt to break the 100km record in a track race last year did not receive official world record status.
But Sorokin remains hopeful that this new record will receive the official stamp. The course for the World’s Fastest Run was certified by World Athletics and approved by the International Association of Ultrarunners, as well as the Athletics Federation of Lithuania. With an existing world record of 6:09:14 set by Japan’s Nao Kazami in 2018, Sorokin’s new time certainly makes a strong case.
With this record under his belt, Sorokin is likely to set his sights on new challenges. One such potential target could be breaking the six-hour mark for 100km. Such a feat would be akin to achieving a sub-2-hour marathon or a sub-4-minute mile, a testament to the monumental nature of the accomplishment.