You won’t believe Ed Whitlock’s M80 world record for indoor 3000

Ed Whitlock shot by Doug Smith

Ed Whitlock trains at an Ontario cemetery, but he’s about 10,000 miles from the grave. Over the weekend, he ran 3000 meters in 12:00.88, lowering the listed M80 world record of 13:30.77 by Oregon’s John Keston in 2005. He did this at Kamloops indoor nationals—the Canadian masters championships—only 13 days after turning 80. For sake of comparison, the M80 indoor record for 1500 meters is 6:19.34 by Ernie Warwick in 1996. So if he ran even splits, he set back-to-back 15 records. Impossible. You don’t want to know the age-graded equivalent of his 3K. OK, it’s 7:22.5. The real-world WR is 7:24.90 by Daniel Komen. The other WR-setter in Kamloops needs no introduction. W90 Olga Kotelko raised her own 4.90 WR in the shot with a toss of 5.25. On her next try, she put it 5.74 meters (18 feet, 10 inches). Results for Day 1—Saturday—are posted as a PDF. A bunch of Canadian records were set as well. Congrats to Ed and Olga, two peas in a superhuman pod.
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March 20, 2011

9 Responses

  1. Patrick Haines - March 21, 2011

    Komen’s 3000 m record is 7:20.67 and it has been a very tough one to break or even approach. El Gherrouj tried very hard and was only around 7:23.

  2. Ken Stone - March 21, 2011

    Yup, the outdoor 3K WR is 7:20.67 by Komen. I cited the indoor WR for sake of comparison.

  3. Gary - March 21, 2011

    That is fantastic. I read an article about Ed in Running Times. He is awesome!

  4. TBell - March 21, 2011

    Full results now posted:

  5. TBell - March 21, 2011

    …including an update to your story.

    Whitlock, Ed M80 Canada 5:48.47 WR CAN

  6. Doug Smith - March 21, 2011

    I just finished the NEWS page. Ed wound up with THREE World Records…..we weren’t expecting the third one!!

  7. peter taylor - March 21, 2011

    Ed Whitlock rocks. That young man can rumble. What, he’s in the 80-84 group? Doesn’t sound right.
    Running 5:48.47 when he should be out playing croquet and stopping every 10 minutes for lemonade? Hmmm…

  8. Ken Stone - March 21, 2011

    Details to come soon, but John Altendorf raised the M65 world record in the pole vault to 3.70 meters — also at Kamloops.

  9. A Brief Chat with Ed Whitlock | Racing News - April 6, 2011

    […] turned 80 on March 6, and 13 days later set his first world record for his new age group, running an indoor 3000 in 12:00.88 (a 99.4 on the age-graded calculator). More single-age records seem sure to follow. Whitlock has […]

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