Archive for March, 2013

Eurovets insanity: M90/M95 sprint champs were denied medals!

When my UK friend Tom Phillips pointed out that the viral video stars from Eurovets didn’t get medals, I had to check it out. In fact, M90 Emiel Pauwels and M95 Ilmari Koppinen fell short of the medal standards by a second and half — even as they brought more public attention to our niche […]

March 30, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

M90s bring the speed—and comeback drama—in 60-meter duel

This is a treat. Eurosport video has gone viral, especially on Facebook, showing Finland’s Ilmari Koppinen and Belgium’s Emiel Pauwels in the 60-meter finals March 21 at the Eurovets indoor championships in San Sebastian. Since one is 94 and the other 95 (but separated by only 11 months, both born in 1918), they both won […]

March 30, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Athletes panel unveils plan to overhaul masters records process

I’m so happy I could, you know, do No. 2. A committee of respected masters athletes has come up with ideas for fixing our excremental records process. Chaired by sprint record-holder Stephen Robbins, the group including announcer Peter Taylor, sprinter/hurdler Liz Palmer, multi-eventer David Ortman, distance superstar Nolan Shaheed and throws legend Carol Finsrud has […]

March 26, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

McBarnette, Rogers explode for more world records at Landover

Rob Jerome, who took the storytelling photos on this entry, wrote Saturday: “Bruce McBarnette just won M55 HJ with 1.88 (6-2). Doesn’t that beat the 1.87 WR he set just a weeks ago? I ran into Bruce right before the competition, congratulated him on the WR he set a few weeks ago, and asked him […]

March 24, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Burke, Rogers set WRs to launch Landover indoor masters nationals

Didn’t take long to kick off record spree at Landover nationals Friday. Before breakfast, I’d already sent news and Ed Burke photo to his hometown Los Gatos Patch about his latest superweight throw record. Later in the day, records fell to Orville Rogers (M95 400 WR), Anthony Palazzo (M85 superweight AR) and Charles Allie (M65 […]

March 23, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Brits open Eurovets indoor championships with 3 world records

Landover indoor nationals start Friday and run through Sunday (including a live webcast), and organizers are giddy a record 1,043 are entered. Big whoop. Italian masters indoor nationals had 1,341 entrants, and the Eurovets indoor championships boast 3,200-plus (see the entrants). That meet began Tuesday in San Sebastian, Spain, and at least three world records […]

March 21, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Women’s 800 added to masters exhibitions at the Drake Relays

Jim Schoffman shared this news with me recently — great news for the womenfolk. “I received this notice that the Drake Relays Masters registration has opened. But more important is the addition of a women’s master 800 this year.” The info on the entry form adds: “Master’s 800 Meter Run (40 years and older) Men […]

March 18, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Earl Fee, Ed Whitlock team for M80 indoor WR in 4×400 relay

Marathon superstar Ed Whitlock and long-sprint/middle-distance legend Earl Fee would rarely face each other on the track, but a relay? Teammates! They and two other M80s — Ray Wardle and Bill Thompson — joined Sunday at the Canadian Masters Athletics Championships to set a 4×400 indoor world record of 6:06.23, beating the listed WR of […]

March 18, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Linda Cohn beats collegians, sets W60 javelin American record

She may have been throwing a lighter stick, but Linda Cohn at 60 is taking up where she left off at W55 — setting American records in the javelin. According to results from a Cal State Northridge meet (near where she lives), Linda threw 38.40 meters (126-0) on her fifth try to crush the listed […]

March 17, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

Canadian 4×8 team sets indoor W50 world record after predicting it

Our moles report: “Team Canada Women 50 broke the World Record in the 4X800 Relay at the first day of the Canadian Masters Indoor Championships in Toronto, running 10:32.66. That broke the existing USA record of 10:38.97 set last year. Pictures will be posted by Doug Smith on ontariomastersathletics.ca soon!” Actually, Doug posted the shot […]

March 17, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments