Burke blasts two M65 world records at Sac
Ed Burke, a three-time Olympian in the hammer, is still going strong at age 66. Saturday at the USATF Pacific Association Masters Championships at Sacramento State (site of the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials), Ed spun the 5-kilo hammer 55.74 (182-10) to break the listed M65 world record in that event of 55.70. He also upped his own WR in the 20-pound weight throw, going 19.98 (65-6 3/4). Also setting records at Sac State were M45 Pete Magill, becoming the oldest American to go sub-15 in the 5K track race, and W50 Karen Kunz, setting an American record in the 2K steeplechase with her 8:43.77 — in her first-ever attempt at the 30-inch-barrier event.
Mary Woo, one of my legions of highly paid correspondents, shared that news and this:
“We had about 240 athletes compete, which I believe makes it the best attended PA Championship in quite some time. Full results are here.”
Pete Magill ran the 5000 in 14.45.96, blasting the listed M45 best of 15:12.25 by Mike Manley in 1989. The listed M45 world record is 14:23.6 by France’s Lucien Rault in 1982.
Karen broke the listed American Record of 8:54.19 by Sharlet Gilbert in 2003.