Belgium's world-famous distance runner Emiel Puttemans thrilled French sports enthusiasts at the Porte de Pantin Stadium in Paris on Saturday (22 February) when he won the 10,000 metres race in a new world indoor record time.
LV Runners and officials at start
SV Start of race with Puttemans (No. 201) taking up second place
SV Race in progress with Puttemans still in second place (3 shots)
LV AND SV Puttemans and leading runner well head of rest of field (3 shots)
SV Puttemans takes lead as he laps other runners
SV Runners in pursuit
SV Puttemans on last lap
SV Officials in crowd
SV Puttemans being cheered on by crowd
SV Finish of race. Puttemans finishes amid bunch of lapped runners
CU Puttemans jogs past
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Background: Belgium's world-famous distance runner Emiel Puttemans thrilled French sports enthusiasts at the Porte de Pantin Stadium in Paris on Saturday (22 February) when he won the 10,000 metres race in a new world indoor record time.
Puttemans' time of 28 minutes 12.4 seconds knocked 53.2 seconds off the world record time set by Seppo Toominen of Finland in February last year.
The Belgian distance star ran a tactical race, allowing himself to stay in second place for much of the race, but still keeping well enough in front of the rest of the field to set a very fast pace. By the time he took the lead, he was lapping slower runners ... and cheered on by the crowd, Puttemans put everything into the final stages to clinch the record time he set out to achieve.
Puttemans' pace was so fast throughout that he shattered another indoor world record time by passing the six mile mark in a time of 27 minutes 17.8 seconds.
The 10,000 metres record run means that Puttemans has become the first man ever to hold all the indoor world track records from 2,000 metres to 10,000 metres -- seven in all. In addition, he also holds the world outdoor 5,000 metres and 3 miles record.