Don Pellman a 4-foot high jumper — try that when you’re 94!
This took a while to nail down. But even now, it takes my breath away. Almost a week ago, Weia Reinboud of the Netherlands sent me a link to the results of the Bay Area Senior Games — an April 10-11 track meet held at Stanford. Buried therein was this line for the M90 high jump: “1 Pellman, Donald M94 4-00.00 1.21m.” To knowing eyes, this is a stunner. It means Don had raised his own world age-group record in the high jump by more than 4 inches! (He cleared 1.11, or 3-7 3/4, at the Huntsman World Senior Games in 2005.) I couldn’t believe it, and neither could Weia.
So I wrote to the meet organizers.
Last night I got this note from Anne Warner Cribbs, president of the 2010 Bay Area Senior Games: “Ken, this is correct. Sean from Record Timing will file the paperwork.”
Sean is Sean Laughlin of Record Timing in San Francisco.
When I informed Weia, the keeper of all HJ records, she was nearly speechless, mustering only this response: “Wow!!!”
On the 2010 Age-Graded Tables, a 1.21 for M90 is equivalent to an open (ages 20-30 mark) of 2.497 — or 8 feet 2 inches.