Taiwanese roller skater Chen Ying-chu has broken the world record for women’s 500 sprint at the World Roller Games 2017 in Nanjing, China.
Chen was part of the Taiwanese roller skating team that won 10 gold, 11 silvers, and two bronze medals in the recently concluded Taipei Universiade, or world college games. She had unofficially broken the record during the Universiade. However, her time was not officially recognized by FIRS, the official governing body of international roller skating competition, as a certified electronic timer was not used.
During the semi-final race at the World Roller Games on Thursday, Chen completed the race in 43.122 seconds. This beat the previous record of 43.247 seconds held by Hellen Montoya of Colombia.
The head of the Chinese Taipei Roller Sports Federation said Chen will officially be the new world record holder pending recognition by the FIRS.