On Sept. 17, the world’s quickest ultrarunner, Aleksandr Sorokin of Lithuania, demolished his earlier 24-hour world report from a yr in the past, working 319.61 kilometres on the IAU 24-hour European Championships in Verona, Italy. There isn’t any doubt that Sorokin’s report will stand the take a look at of time, however the 40-year-old ultrarunner says he’s not achieved but with the 24-hour distance.
After breaking Yiannis Kouros’s long-standing 24-hr report of 303.506 km a yr in the past, with 309 km, Sorokin has as soon as once more redefined human efficiency, beating his previous mark by greater than 10 kilometres.
No runner has ever lined 200 miles (321.86 km) in 24 hours, however Sorokin has come the closest, together with his most up-to-date report of 319.61 km. “I’ve unfinished enterprise with the 24-hour distance,” he says. “There’s rather more to return.”
Ten kilometres is a major enchancment for Sorokin in a yr, however he says he hasn’t modified a lot in his coaching. “Nothing has modified, however little by little, my physique has change into sooner,” he says. “We’ve added a bit of extra mileage this time round, too.”
Three to 4 weeks out from the European championships, Sorokin’s peak coaching weeks have been between 360 and 380 kilometres (a mean of 50-plus kilometres per day).
“My coaching for these extremely races isn’t any secret,” Sorokin says. “My coach and supporters inspire me to realize my objectives and work exhausting.” Sorokin has a public Strava profile the place he uploads all his coaching within the lead-up to every race.
In a 2021 interview with Sorokin, he spoke about how successful European championship gold for Lithuania was his final purpose when he started working in 2013. Sorokin holds seven world information on the observe and highway: 100,000m (observe), 100 miles (highway), 100 miles (observe), six-hour run, 12-hour run (observe), 12-hour run (highway), 24-hour run (highway).
The Lithuanian distance runner has no races deliberate for the speedy future however he’s excited for what’s but to return. “I feel working 200 miles in 24 hours is feasible,” says Sorokin. “There are lots of elements that must go your means—like good climate and a quick course.”
In January, Sorokin turned the primary runner to break the 11-hour barrier for 100 miles in 10 hours, 51 minutes and 39 seconds on the Spartanion Race race in Tel Aviv, Israel.