Danny McFarlane threatens own M35 WR in 400 hurdles
A ladies pole vault record dominated headlines from yesterday’s Monaco meet, but It was Danny McFarlane who had the most impressive mark. Leading most of the lap, the 36-year-old Jamaican won the 400 hurdles in a season best 48.39, just off his world age-group best of 48.32. (The listed WR is 48.93 by Merlene Ottey’s ex-hubby Nat Page in 1992.) Danny’s latest mark corresponds to an Open (ages 20-30) equivalent of 46.19 on the Age-Graded Tables.
The 48.32 came at the IAAF Osaka world meet last year, but officiating there must have been suspect. WMA won’t touch it.
So what will it take for Danny to get credit for a world-age group record?
Ooh, ooh! I know! I know! He’ll have to beat Kevin Young’s open WR of 46.78. That way, the WMA records czar can be assured that no gentleman between the ages of 35 and 39 has run any faster.
And it will have to be done in the Beijing Olympic final, just to make sure officiating is up to snuff. And it’ll have a few witnesses to boot! Yup, that’s the ticket!
Go, Danny! You can run 1.55 seconds faster, can’t you?