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  Most people running in a "Stiletto Sprint''-Australia sets world record
 

 SYDNEY, Australia -- 265 competitors, including some few men, dashed their way around the 80m track at Sydney's Circular Quay wearing three-inch heels, setting the world record for the Most people running in a "Stiletto Sprint".

   Photo: Brittney McGlone leads a pack of stiletto-wearing Australians who set a world record for the  Most people running in a "stiletto sprint' / AP Photo
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 The race was won by 400 metre professional hurdler Brittney McGlone who was victorious by several clear lengths and took home $5,000 Australian dollars, or (€2,876), and a pair of gold Terry Biviano stilettos.

   The 18-year-old left the other competitors in her wake as many fell, suffering scratches and scrapes to knees and hands. Other sprinters had to be treated for bruises, it was reported.

  Photo: Brittney McGlone, 18, of Braidwood near Canberra runs to victory in a stiletto sprint race for a prize of 5,000 Australian dollars (4,250 U.S. dollars) at Circular Quay in Sydney Sept. 2, 2008. Over 260 women broke the world record for the most runners in a high heels sprint, said organisers. /Reuters Photo (enlarge photo)

  There were a few messy stacks, bumps and bruises as the contestants attempted to claw their way past the competition. But blonde track athlete Brittney McGlone, 18, blitzed the field to emerge as the clear winner.

   Despite appearances, the stiletto sprint is not McGlone’s pet event — she is in fact the national under-20 400m hurdles champion. The Sydney-based waitress is also a specialist in the short dash, running a 100m hurdles in 14.66 seconds, according to Athletics Australia records.

  Photo: Brittney McGlone, 18, of Braidwood near Canberra kisses her trophy after winning a stiletto sprint race for a prize of 5,000 Australian dollars (4,250 U.S. dollars) at Circular Quay in Sydney Sept. 2, 2008. Over 260 women broke the world record for the most runners in a high heels sprint, said organisers. /Reuters Photo
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    Former Australian sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor inspected the athletes and ensured they were wearing the mandatory three-inch heels. "All the girls were pumped and I don't think I've experienced such energy since my racing days" she told Australian media.

  The stiletto sprint also raised money for charity, with Venus Embrace donating $2 for every participant — or $530 — towards breast cancer research.

   This new world record had topped the previous world record of 150 which was made in Holland.
 

   Wednesday, September 3, 2008

 
 
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