Masters events at IAAF world meet get no respect
It was supposed to be a milestone in the masters movement — age-group athletes performing on the world stage. Instead, it’s a mirage. I’m having a heck of a time finding results for the “athletics through generations show” exhibition events at the IAAF world meet in Helsinki, which were to take place after today’s marathon start.
I’ve written to the contact person in Finland, pointing out that Ii can’t find results on the IAAF or Helsinki championship Web sites. Maybe I’m just brain-dead.
Oh well. I await guidance from anyone.
However, I did get some details on the Lahti, Finland, qualifying meet for the eight events that were to have been contested today at the 1952 Olympic Stadium.
Olympian and 1995 masters world high jump champ Jim Barrineau writes:
Just got back from Finland last night. The “Grand Prix” in Lahti/Helsinki was well run, but not well attended. I was told it was because of the World Masters Championships being so near in time. Anyway, I was the only M50 in attendance and cleared 1.80 in about 58-60 degree breezy and wet conditions. My approach was sluggish and my attempts at 1.86 were lackluster. I see from the M50 results in Hawaii and Edmonton that others may be keying in on San Sebastian. Now I’m wishing I was there. Anyway, my hat is off to Bruce McBarnette with his 1.96 in Hawaii (at 47). I am attaching a group picture (the men’s 35, 40, 45 and 50 winners) from the Lahti HJ apron beneath the big ski jump facility. Take care, Jim
Here’s the shot, with Jim second from the left: