Anselm LeBourne sets another 800 world record
If Anselm LeBourne were a stock, Iâ€™d buy 10,000 shares. He sets middle-distance records like clockwork. Anselm, a NYSE analyst, reports (and another correspondent confirms) that he bettered the listed M45 world record in the 800 Sunday at a masters meet in New York City, clocking 1:55.13 at age 46 to beat the longstanding 1:56.16 by Dutchman Ronaldo Mercelina in 1991. LeBourne, who is savvy to media needs, sent his own press release.
â€śAnselm LeBourne 46, of Maplewood, N.J., set another pending world masters
45-49 age-group record Sunday at the Metropolitan Athletic Congress
Championship, held at the new Icahn Stadium in New York City.
â€śLeBourne ran the 800 meters in 1 minute, 55. 13 seconds to better the
previous world record of 1:56.16 by Ronaldo Mercelina of the Nederlands in
1991. LeBourneâ€™s performance also breaks the American record of 1:56.27
set in May of 1990 by Don Parker, and gave him the overall win in a race
that included 19- and 20-year-olds.
â€śDuring the indoor season, LeBourne ran the 800 meters in 1 minute, 56. 29
seconds to better the previous world record of 1:57.32 by Peter Browne of
Great Britain in 1990. LeBourneâ€™s performance also breaks the American
record of 1:57.81 set in March of 1990 by Ken Sparks and also set a 45-49
age group world indoor record of 4:02.62 for 1500 meters.â€ť
What Anselm didnâ€™t sayeth was shared by correspondent Frank Schiro:
â€śIn the height of the heat wave â€¦ two men broke the M 45 â€“ 49 800 meter record todayâ€¦.Anselm LaBourneâ€¦1.55.11 to Sal Allahâ€™s 1.55.13 FAT LeBourne runs â€śunattachedâ€ť and Sal runs for Sprint Force America.â€ť
LeBourne and Schiro differ on the time, so weâ€™ll have to wait for official word from the MAC , which normally posts results from its meet â€” and hope itâ€™s filing the proper paperwork to USATF for record consideration by WMA.
Later in the day, in answer to some questions, Anselm wrote:
â€śIt was a very good race for both Sal And I on a very hot day. I also had a
rabbit who took me to 600m meters. I really did not know that Sal was
going to run but it always good when we run against each other. The pace
was about 55-56 seconds. Sal and the rabbit was in front of me at the 400
mark. I past the 400 in about 56 secs. At about 500 meters I passed Sal
and started a long drive to the finish. Passed 600 meters in about 1min
25secs as the rabbit dropped out of the race doing a perfect job of setting
up the race. At that point I was in front. As I passed the 600 meters I
felt really relaxed and comfortable knowing that Sal would make a run at me
at some point. Again, from what I was told he was closing the gap on me
really fast but I never heard him coming or saw him until the last meter
when he leaned at the tape from the inside with me just getting the victory
just holding off Sal with an outstanding time of 1:55:13 to Salâ€™s 1:55:18,
establishing a new 800 World and American record. Have a few more upcoming meets with the main emphasis on the World Championships in San Sebastian, Spain.â€ť