Incredible M40 WR: Tony Whiteman breaks 1:50 barrier in 800
Two-time British Olympian Tony Whiteman turned 40 last November, but his latest 800 meters was that of an elite collegian. Running at the Loughborough International Athletics Meet on Sunday, he burned two laps in an incredible 1:48.28, blasting through the 1:50 barrier and crushing the listed M40 world record of 1:50.34 by Jim Sorensen. (See results here.) I’ve also discovered that he ran an indoor WR 1500 meters in 3:44.12 this season, nipping the listed WR of 3:44.39 by Russia’s Vyacheslav Shabunin. This puts Tony on track to be the first M40 to run a sub-4 outdoor mile (which is his stated goal.) Here’s the 800 WR race:
Here’s a recap of Sunday’s race:
Humber Runner store manager Tony Whiteman was in fantastic form at the annual Loughborough International Athletics Meet on Sunday 20th May. Competing in a high standard 800m race Tony rolled back the years against his younger opposition to finish 5th in a new Vet 40 World Record of 1 min 48.28 secs. The record was previously held by American 800m legend Johnny Gray.
Tony, who’s main aim this year is to become the first man over 40 years old to run a sub 4 minute mile outdoors, will now return to a short period of training before flying to the United States to attack the 1 mile record in Nashville.
The Nashville meet apparently is the Music City Distance Carnival, which has a reputation for fast miles.
And according to this UK rankings site, Tony is in the top 10 nationally. Woohoo! Go Tony, go!