Report: Kathy Martin lowers W55 indoor mile record
From one of my masters moles: “I don’t know if anyone has let you know yet about more great performances from the amazing Kathy Martin. This was a New York Road Runners meet at the Armory in New York last night (mile, 800, and 2 mile). Kathy broke the world indoor record in the mile by a lot. I seem to remember 5:25 (no automatic timing, but they had multiple watches on Kathy), but don’t quote me on the time because I’m not sure of the exact time and maybe I’m remembering it incorrectly, but it was definitely announced as the world record.” The Armory site doesn’t lists results yet for these races. Neither does the NYRR site. But I’m trying to confirm the exact times.
My mole continued:
“Ian Brooks, the meet director of the NYRR, should have the exact time. In any event, the results should be posted on the NYRR website in a few days. Kathy came back a short time later to run the 800, and broke the American Record, previously held by . . . (Sylvie KimchГ©) of the Nike Central Park Track Club. Ian mentioned that Kathy will be going for the world indoor record in two weeks, when she will run the 800 fresh.”
If the report is true, Kathryn (as she’s better known) broke the year-old W55 world mile record of 5:43.75 by Carolyn Smith-Hanna set at the Hartshorne masters mile meet in Ithaca, New York. The listed American W55 record for 800 meters is 2:37.5 by Sylvie Kimchee in March 2003.