profiled by The New York Times. A newbie W60, she was mowing down age-group records. The video below shows her setting the 3K indoor record (11:16.50) at the Armory on Jan. 19, 2012. A week short of five years later, Jan. 12, Kathy returned to the Fort Washington Avenue track and ran the 3K again. Same result: a WR of 11:37.19. I wasn‚Äôt aware of this when she clocked 11:53.32 at ABQ nationals, which was depicted as an American record. (The WR she broke was Angela Copson‚Äôs 11:49.53.) Freshly minted as USATF Athlete of the Week, Kathy graciously shared some thoughts in a quickie Q&A. And that‚Äôs where I learned of her incredible 11:37. I asked her which if her three records at nationals was toughest, and she replied: ‚Äú3000 at about lap 11 I was struggling for air and times showed it. I had run 11:37 in Armory.‚ÄĚ There‚Äôs humble Kathy for you. But she‚Äôs still ambitious. Check out her list of potential records in 2017.Five years ago, Kathy Martin was
Kit Fox ran down M99 Orville Rogers and M92 Dixon Hemphill about their stirring 60-meter dash showdown, which Orville won by an eyelash. ‚ÄúDixon Hemphill wishes he would have simply leaned at the finish. Maybe he didn‚Äôt do it because of lack of experience ‚ÄĒ he was, after all, the youngest of the two competitors in the race. Or maybe he didn‚Äôt do it because of his replacement hip,‚ÄĚ Kit writes, quoting Dixon: ‚ÄúI think had I leaned a little bit, I would have won.‚ÄĚ In fact, the video suggests he was leaning backward at the finish. Orville just barely nipped him in the last few yards. ‚ÄúRogers has defeated Hemphill in the 60-meter-dash at the USATF Indoor Championships four years in a row,‚ÄĚ the story says. They expect to meet again at Baton Rouge this summer. ‚ÄúI know I can improve for the future,‚ÄĚ Dixon said. ‚ÄúThere is training that I am not doing that I should.‚ÄĚThe most dramatic race at ABQ gets proper retelling on Runner‚Äôs World.
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.Last weekend, M50 French multi-eventer
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.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
Orville Rogers 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!
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.Had World War II not intervened,
‚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 Martin is in real estate, with the slogan
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!USATF has a
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.In a terrific