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 4Ч100 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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