Notice is posted on Daegu site.
Last weekend, M50 French multi-eventer Francois Bontemps
posted on Facebook: ‚ÄúIn four weeks, most of us will be in Daegu ‚Ä¶ but detailed schedule is not available yet ‚Ä¶ This is not correct for an event qualified as ‚ÄėOfficial World Championship.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Mission accomplished, Francois. The timetable appears to be up now. (See it here.)
Meanwhile, WMA is reminding folks about the TUE drill. If you take medications for quality of life or whatever, get an OK to use them.
I‚Äôm still looking for complete results for Indian masters nationals, but I also found what I think are WMA Prez Stan Perkins
and Aussie wife Wilma
in turbans at the opening ceremonies. Check out this little-seen video.
I guess the Perkinses are taking the grand tour of Asia before heading to South Korea. On WMA‚Äôs dime? We‚Äôd like to know.
Stan and Wilma Perkins in India? Only their hairdresser knows for sure.
February 23, 2017
Silver-haired Indian dude competing at 2012 Indian masters nationals in Bangalore.
What if USATF masters nationals drew 4,000 athletes but after two days posted no results? You‚Äôd have a riot. But that appears to be the case for the Masters Athletics Association of India nationals in Hyderabad,
the capital of the southern state of Telangana. At least the federation website
is mum on marks. We also learn from a state paper
that the meet, which began Tuesday and ends Saturday, almost didn‚Äôt happen. It was scheduled elsewhere. ‚Äú(MAFI) secretary David Premnath
lauded the State for coming forward to host the event after Kerala backed out from the hosting in the last moment. ‚Ä¶ ‚ÄėWe didn‚Äôt have much time. This event is prestigious event for us as the Indian team for this year‚Äôs Asian Masters Championship scheduled to be held in China will be selected from this championship.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Yeah, they‚Äôre still promoting the fiction that WMA meets require qualifications. I think what they mean to say is India will help pay the way of certain folks. Whatever.
February 22, 2017
M80 WR guys (from left) in Facebook photo: Whilden, Kaspari, Cozens and Lida.
At least two world indoor records were set in relays at ABQ nationals, including the M35 4√ó200 (equaling a 2015 mark by a British quartet) and the M80 4√ó200 that included superstuds Bob Lida
and Bobby Whilden
(whose Houston Elite team took a monster 10 seconds off the listed WMA record of 2:21.50 by a German team in 2011). The Southwest Sprinters TC squad had 41-year-old Antwon Dussett
, who dropped down an age group to join Jassiel Torres
(39), Dedrick Clark
(38) and Sean Burnett
(35) in their WR-tying 1:29.74. (I led off my old Omaha high school team‚Äôs 1:30, outdoors, so I‚Äôm in awe.) Other (mostly club) American records were set by the W35 4√ó2 team from So Cal Track Club, W40 4√ó2 Southwest Sprinters, W50 4√ó2 Athena Track Club, M45 4√ó2 Southwest Sprinters, M50 4√ó2 Southwest Sprinters and W40 4√ó4 Southwest Sprinters. Quadruple whew! Lemme know if I missed anyone.
Dave Albo shot of Southwest Sprinters reacting to Latrica Dendy finish time in W40 4√ó4. Others are Rachel Guest, Cynthia McNamee and Vanessa Juarez.
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February 21, 2017
Dave Albo shot Orville (and his fans) in mile.
at 99 wasn‚Äôt cut any slack at ABQ nationals. In his 60-meter dash, he had to push to beat M90 Dixon Hemphill
in a photo finish ‚ÄĒ 18.00 to 18.05. Orville also won the 200 (1:24.54), 400 (4:08.88), 800 (8:58.40) and mile (19:23.23). Whew! In the mile, where he holds the M95 world record of 14:39.91, he ran negative splits ‚ÄĒ doing the first half in 9:55.7 and the second in 9:27.5. Double whew! On the Age-Graded Tables, his times were equivalent to these for open (20-30) athletes: 60 (4.99 seconds!), 200 (22.75), 400 (63.99), 800 (2:18.37) and mile (4:09.2). So he‚Äôs a natural sprinter after all ‚ÄĒ who knows how to pace himself. He turns 100 in late November, so he‚Äôll be using this season to sharpen up for an attack on M100 records in 2018. WMA doesn‚Äôt list M100 records in these indoor events:
200, 400, 800, 1500, mile and 3000. WMA lacks outdoor M100
WRs in these Orville-possible events: 800, mile, 3000, 5000, 10K (no M95 either). So unless Wilbur gets there first, he‚Äôll be our First in Centenarian Flight. Go, Orville, go!
Orville‚Äôs 200 splits in mile show he handled mile high elevation quite well.
February 20, 2017
Bob is unpressed in ABQ 200 WR. USATF photo
Had World War II not intervened, Payton Jordan
would have been a medal favorite in the 1940 and 1944 Games. But Payton became a legend anyway ‚ÄĒ as an Olympic and Stanford coach and a world-record sprinter into his early 80s. Twenty years ago, when I began covering masters and seeing Payton run, nobody could fathom anyone going faster than him at 80. Now we have Bob Lida,
my Kansas Jayhawk buddy. And Payton has been beaten again. At ABQ nationals Sunday, Bob ran the 200 in an M80 indoor world record 29.84, beating even Payton‚Äôs outdoor AR of 30.89 from 1997. Bob‚Äôs a lock for the outdoor WR, which is listed as 29.54 by Japan‚Äôs Hisamitsu Hijiya.
On Friday, Bob claimed the 400 indoor American record with his 1:13.34. (The listed WR is Earl Fee‚Äôs
1:11.24. The listed outdoor WR is Hisamitsu‚Äôs 70.01.) Bob now owns 10 outdoor and 10 indoor ARs, including relays. He holds four indoor WRs and three outdoor WRs. Even if the mile elevation cut down wind resistance, his sub-30 at 80 is astonishing. And in case you missed it, Kathy Martin
set her second world record of the meet Saturday in the 800, clocking 2:44.35 five months after turning 65. USATF‚Äôs Ashlee Mitchell
noted other records in her Day 3 release below.
Here‚Äôs Dave Albo shot of Bob at ABQ nationals, apparently near the 200 start.
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February 19, 2017
is in real estate, with the slogan ‚Äúmiles ahead of the competition.‚ÄĚ
That was never so true as on Day 2 of ABQ nationals, where she set a W65 world record of 6:01.46 for the mile. On the Age-Graded Tables, her mark Saturday is worth 4:06 for 20-30 age group. Talk about insane. So now that she‚Äôs guaranteed USATF Athlete of the Week, the only question is by how much she‚Äôll crush the 800-meter record Sunday, if she has any gas left. The listed indoor American record is 2:52.49 by Marie Michelsohn
at 2007 Boston nationals. (It was Marie‚Äôs 3K record that Kathy broke Friday.) The listed W65 WR is 2:47.75 by Germany‚Äôs Lydia Ritter.
At Perth worlds four months ago, Kathy was silver medalist in the 800 with a time of 2:41.34. Anyone think she won‚Äôt do the middle-distance record trifecta? Also kudos to M45 Derek Pye
and M55 Karl Smith
, who both set age-group PRs in the 60-meter hurdles. They also happen to be world records, since they both bettered their own marks of last year or this season. And stay tuned for Kathy‚Äôs outdoor WRs. Among others, she‚Äôll likely improve the mile WR of 5:54.59. Hope she sells some homes as well.
Kathy‚Äôs 200 splits in W65 world record mile were amazing as usual.
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February 18, 2017
Larry Hart, in USATF photo, spun a WR.
USATF has a nifty summary of Day 1
of ABQ indoor nationals, with newbie press staffer Ashley Mitchell
giving proper attention to Larry Hart
beating follow hammer Olympian Ed Burke‚Äôs
M70 record in the weight throw. WRs always demand attention. (See results here.
) But in my mind the best mark of the meet ‚ÄĒ which may stand up through the end ‚ÄĒ is Kathy Martin‚Äôs
W65 American record 11:53.32 for 3000 meters. Let‚Äôs count the ways to be amazed. 1. It shatters the 12-minute barrier and Marie Michelsohn‚Äôs
12:03.78 from a decade ago. 2. She now holds the AR for W55, W60 and W65. 3. Her time is less than 4 seconds off the listed WR of 11:49.53 by Britain‚Äôs Angela Copson,
and Kathy did at mile elevation! 4. Her last 200 of 42.34 was third-fastest among all age groups and even beat the 42.64 of 37-year-old Nadia Hernandez Morales.
And 5. It‚Äôs 16 seconds faster than Marie‚Äôs listed outdoor AR of 12:09.65. Kathy is the Paavo Nurmi
of American women‚Äôs track (with the benefit that she won‚Äôt retire after ‚Äúwinning it all‚ÄĚ), and she‚Äôs also entered in the 800 and mile. Another especially interesting USA record was Gloria Krug‚Äôs
W85 long jump of 1.51 meters (4-11 1/2). It‚Äôs short of the W90 AR of 1.60 (5-3), but no matter. USATF doesn‚Äôt list a W85 AR, so tag she‚Äôs it. Technically, Gloria set four records ‚ÄĒ going farther with every leap ‚ÄĒ 1.27 (4-2), 1.37 (4-5 3/4), 1.48 (4-10 1/4) and finally 1.51 before passing her last two tries.(The listed WR is 2.01/6-7) by Finland‚Äôs Senni Sopanen
. But the season is young. Respect to all the record-setters!
Kathy was a machine in her 200 splits, except when she went crazy the last lap.
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February 17, 2017
Irene is a sprint legend going back to age 41.
In a terrific hour-long interview
, WMA Athlete of the Year and Hall of Famer Irene Obera
(‚Äú83 years young,‚ÄĚ she says) tells how she evolved from her beloved game of softball to track, where she became a legend with no ending. The chat, graciously flagged by Rob Jerome
, starts about 8 minutes in. She begins by saying she thought she was going to be a musician. But when she heard herself on a record she made with friends, she said: ‚ÄúOh, that can‚Äôt be me. I was so pitiful.‚ÄĚ First she fell into recreational hoops, walking 4-5 miles to a court. She later met Wilma Rudolph
at Tennessee State. She became a PE teacher after attending Chico State. ‚ÄúI thought there was nothing better in this world than softball.‚ÄĚ The interviewers on the National and International Roundtable are Arif Khatib,
founder and president of the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, and Municipal Court Judge Fad Wilson Jr.
She recalls inspirational sayings and stuff. ‚ÄúRecords are made to be broken and medals tarnished, but friendships are forever‚ÄĚ was one. She recalls winning $160 in an age-graded race. She didn‚Äôt get a deserved WMA trip to Monaco for IAAF shindig, but this was nice. ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt ever say you‚Äôre retired,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúSay you‚Äôre on a break.‚ÄĚ She‚Äôs taking one now (for a year), playing tennis.
February 16, 2017
Rob Jerome‚Äôs iconic image of Orville in 2016 setting M95 WR (16:32.19) in indoor 1500.
At 99, Orville Rogers
is just getting started. Famed for his middle-distance exploits and records, Orville says he looks forward to turning 100 so he can enter about five running events and five field events at both indoor and outdoor championships ‚Äúso I can have 10, 15, 20 world records,‚ÄĚ he told his Dallas paper.
‚ÄúHe set his first two world records in 2008, 16 years after bypass surgery to open six blocked arteries. The indoor track championships were held two weeks after Beth, his wife of 64 years, died. His family convinced him that she would want him to race. In 2011, Rogers suffered a major stroke. He requested the most rigorous rehab possible and pushed himself to return to his prestroke condition. ‚Ä¶. He said he plans to work with Elizabeth Murphy,
an assistant throwing coach at SMU, to prepare for field events for the 2018 world meets.‚ÄĚ At ABQ nationals
this weekend, Orville is entered in the 60, 200, 400, 800 and mile.
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February 15, 2017
Last week, the IAAF doubled down on its ban on Russian athletes from international meets (including WMA). But several news outlets noted a loophole being carved out for masters. ‚ÄúAthletes between the ages of 15 and 18 and Masters-level athletes who want to compete ‚Äėneutrally‚Äô [are] allowed to apply to the IAAF‚Äôs doping review board for individual consideration,‚ÄĚ said swimswam.com. How do you apply for neutral status? Contact info and other details are noted in this PDF. The info sheet says: ‚ÄúAny athlete seeking exceptional eligibility for International Competition under Competition Rule 22.1A should apply in writing without delay by email to the following email address: email@example.com. Any delay in making the application is at the athlete‚Äôs own risk. ‚Ä¶ Save in exceptional circumstances, the IAAF will not process applications if they are submitted less than 2 weeks before the entry deadline for the International Competition for which eligibility is sought.‚ÄĚ Sadly, the Daegu deadline has passed. (And no ‚Äúneutral‚ÄĚ athletes are listed.) But 2018 Malaga worlds remain a possibility for the Russians. —É–ī–į—á–ł!
February 14, 2017