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100M WORLD RECORD IN SKI BOOTS! - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Wednesday June 14, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Two British people have set world records for the fastest 100 metres wearing ski boots. So how fast did they go?

Guinness World Records have confirmed that Emma Kirk-Odunubi and Max Willcocks are the new fastest people on the planet in ski boots.

Willcocks, who's 34 and from London, smashed the existing 100m record with his time of 14.09 seconds.

The previous world record of 17.65 secs was set by German Andre Ortolf in 2015.

World record holderMax Willcocks, world record holder




















Kirk-Odunubi's time would also have beaten that.

The 24-year-old from Brighton set the first official time for the fastest female over 100m with 16.86 seconds.

Emma Kirk--Odunubi, world record holderEmma Kirk-Odunubi, world record holder




















The pair are talented athletes and work at the West London ski boot specialists, Profeet.

They were determined to set good times at Barn Elms athletics track in south-west London.



For those of us who know how difficult it can be to walk in ski boots, let alone sprint in them, their choice of boot was as important as their athletic ability.

The Profeet Ski Lab team selected the Atomic Backland, a super light and flexible ski touring boot.

After a warm-up session led by Dr Craig McLean from Putney Chiropractic, and some short sprints to get the blood flowing, Willcocks and Kirk-Odunubi both ran their attempts perfectly.

100m World record in ski bootsLooking good




















"I'd skied and toured in the Backlands so I knew the boot, but the only times I had ever run in them before was while running away from lifties when we were night touring," Willcocks said.

"I don't think I'll be running full tilt in ski boots anymore: it's seriously hard on the hip flexors. The next time I'm in ski boots, I'll be ski touring!"

Kirk Odunubi said she hadn't prepared for the sprint.

Women's world record 100m in ski bootsOn your marks....
















"I was doing some speed endurance and strength training ahead of the Amsterdam Marathon, but I didn't do any specific training for the 100m attempt," she said.

"It was the initial powerful driving start phase that I found the hardest. Maintaining high leg turnover as the fatigue hit me 80-90m in was really tough."

Women's world 100m record in ski bootsDriving on




















Women's world 100m record holder in ski bootsGlad that's over




















World record holdersIt's official















Now they're world record holders in the 100 metres, perhaps they could go for the endurance events next.

Al Machell tackled the London Marathon in ski boots, completing the 26.2 miles in just over eight hours, and spoke to PlanetSKI after the event.

The Profeet Ski Lab offers expert ski boot fitting, ski boot modifications and advice on buying the right ski boots...just for skiing though, not running.

Profeet are sports footwear and orthotics specialists, based in Fulham in London.

Photos by Konrad Bartelski Photography

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