Age-group PRs for Canadian pair also equate to world records
Canadian superstars Christa Bortignon and pal Olga Kotelko opened their season with a pair of world records over the weekend in Kamloops, British Columbia. On Feb. 16, 93-year-old Olga upped her own high jump indoor WR to 0.77 (2-6 1/4) from 0.76 (2-6) and 76-year-old Christa went 7.54 (24-9) to beat her own triple jump WR of 7.43 (24-4 1/2). The meet was the Van Ryswyk Invitational. (See complete results.) Also notable was the return to competition for long-sprint legend Harold Morioka. Heâ€™s now 70. He entered the shot, where he tossed the 4-kilo ball 10.06 (33-0 1/4), but scratched from the 200 and 400. In 2009, Harold had quadruple-bypass heart surgery.
I asked Christa about her track plans for 2013, and she graciously replied:
For the indoor meets, I have registered with both the Canadian and the USA Championships.
For the summer, I plan to go Turin (World Masters Games) and Brazil (WMA worlds).
Also there is a brand new meet in Germany for multi events on June 1-2 in Stendal,The Stendal Hansa Cup.
Other meets I am considering are: Hayward Classic, Canadian Championships in Regina, USA Championships in Olathe, San Diego Senior Games, Senior World Games in St. George.
Locally there are the BC Championships, the Trevor Craven Memorial and the BC Senior Games.
Wishing that I stay healthy I would like to participate in all.
Well then. Pace yourself, Christa. You have a lot on your plate! Best of luck, and congrats to you and Olga on your latest records.