Video posted of Willie Gault’s 4×1 anchor leg at Mt. SAC

M45 sprinter Willie Gault isn’t old by our standards, but his anchor leg in the invitational 4×100 relay at Sunday’s Mt. SAC Relays must have made him feel aged. (He’s wearing all blue, in lane 2 in this Flotrack clip.) He took the baton from a Hudson Smith International teammate in fourth place (in a very smooth handoff). Then he proceeded to be outlegged by three youngsters. (But I timed Willie in 10.1!) Still, I can’t think of any other sub-40 relay anchored by any anyone older than Willie at 47. He’s not the only 40-plus relayist to go sub-40, however.

I’ve been reminded that in 2003 the Dutch won IAAF world championships bronze in 38.87 and ran 38.63 in the semi with 40-year-old Troy Douglas on second leg. The Netherlands also ran a 39.18 in April 2004 at El Paso with Troy still on the team.
Sadly, I don’t see any video of the masters sprints or 800s on this Flotrack archive page from Mt. SAC.

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April 22, 2008

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