Beth Potter on world record 5km: ‘I was convinced the clock was wrong, I couldn’t believe it’

Beth Potter after her 5km World Record. (Picture: Instagram Beth Potter / thatsagoodoneofme)

Last week she won the SLT Arena Games London and this weekend Beth Potter ran a 5km road world record – at least it will be if her 14:41 is officially recognized. It’s an understatement to say that the British athlete is in very good shape at the moment, which makes it all the more unfortunate that she will not be selected for the Olympic Triathlon in Tokyo after all.

Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jessica Learmonth have been named to the British team, which means Potter will miss out. “It’s frustrating because I feel like I’m an in-form athlete at the moment,” she told the BBC. Potter has already competed at the Olympics – in 2016 she finished 34th in the women’s 10,000 m track race. After that she started to compete in triathlon races.

While missing out the Olympics is still a bummer for Potter, she is obviously euphoric right now. “It all started to sink in when I had about a kilometre to go and I saw the clock said 11 something and I was trying to do the maths in my head, I was convinced the clock was wrong, I couldn’t believe it.”