Horace Grant claims M60 world indoor record at 800 meters at LSU

Bill Collins writes Saturday from Baton Rouge: “Wanted to update you that Horace Grant broke the world record in the indoor 800 meters today. The meet was the Southwest regional championship at LSU. (See results here.) He ran 2:14.23, which breaks the American record of 2:14.75 by Sid Howard. The old world record of 2:14.42 was by Harold Morioka.” I had heard that Nolan Shaheed was set to run at LSU, but his name wasn’t in results. Nolan holds the listed M60 outdoor record at 2:08.56. Horace must have had fun — beating a guy almost half his age. Blake Bearden, 31, ran 2:23. Don’t feel bad, Blake. Horace is a legend. He holds the M55 AR in the 800 at 2:06.53, also set at LSU (back in 2009). Here’s Horace at a WR run three years ago:

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March 2, 2013

15 Responses

  1. Tony Plaster - March 3, 2013

    Glad you got this out of the way early Horace,sky is the limit at National. My Congrats. Tony

  2. Ed Winslow - March 3, 2013

    Congrats Horace!

  3. Liz Palmer - March 3, 2013

    I see another fabulous mark…a new W60 American record by Eleanor Gipson in the high jump. She jumped 1.39m and the listed record is 1.38m. Congratulations Eleanor!

  4. Peter Taylor - March 3, 2013

    Horace, you “run young,” as they say; hard to believe you are in M60. Let me mark down your time in preparation for the big meet in Landover that starts on March 22 (our nationals).

    Looking over the entry list, I see that you will have a lot of strong competition at nationals in the 800. Nolan Shaheed (the legend) and Ronville Gravesande look like the strongest, with perhaps Tony Plaster next.

    Gravesande is from Guyana, I believe, and when he cranks it up is very hard to stop. Wish I could learn how to pronounce his last name.

  5. Horace Grant - March 3, 2013

    Thanks all! I appreciate the congrats. I am blessed to have the continued encouragement from my teammates at Houston Elite and a coach like Bill, who can get me ready and advise me through my continued aches and pains allowing to compete.

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  7. Rich Burns - March 3, 2013

    Nice run Horace! Glad to see you healthy.

  8. Gary - March 3, 2013

    That is great. ….as an 800 meter guy..I know what it takes …and it takes a lot! Great

  9. Rick Riddle - March 4, 2013

    Horace – you ARE the MAN! Keep it going amigo.

  10. Sid Howard - March 4, 2013

    Hey Horace, I’m proud to know that my name can be mention in the same sentence with The Great Earl Fee, Nolan Shaheed and you. Congrats on a great race. Hope to see you in person so I can give you a hug.

  11. Horace Grant - March 4, 2013

    Hey Sid, it’s great runners and friends like you, my good friend Nolan, and the Great Earl Fee, along with the many other middle distance runners (list too long to mention here), that give me the inspiration to continue to chase the clock and in many cases chase the guys too :-). Records are nice, but just being blessed to just be able to continue this is my real prize….thanks again.

  12. wayne bennett - March 6, 2013

    Congratulations to a great friend. It is always a pleasure to watch you run and talk with you. You are an inspiration. Your friendship means a lot to this old sprinter.

  13. Doug Thompson - March 7, 2013

    Horace! congratulations – its great to see you doing so well. I hope to see you later on this year my friend.

  14. Steve Chantry - March 8, 2013

    Wow! Great run Horace!

  15. david crenshaw - July 22, 2014

    Little Horace Grant I Can remeber back in the 70’s when I would come to Houston & I would be riding on the bike trying to keep up with you & you would out run the bike & beat me home every time Congrad // Cusin Dave

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