You won’t believe Ed Whitlock’s M80 world record for indoor 3000
Ed Whitlock shot by Doug Smith
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 nationalsâ€”the Canadian masters
championshipsâ€”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 1â€”Saturdayâ€”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.
March 20, 2011