Decathlons kick off World Masters Games in Turin, Italy

They prefer Torino, but I like the Shroud reference. Decathlon results are now posted on the official site at the World Masters Games in Italy, starting with M30. Other events are there as well, including M55 100-meter dash, where the only American to make the final was M55 high jumper Bruce McBarnette. The American team is listed here. Photo of the Mondo track was posted by an aerial track geek named Scott Meier. He writes: “The track at Stadio Primo Nebiolo is the main venue, but there is also a secondary track where some of the field events will be contested. This stadium was built in 1959, but has been renovated recently, including a new Mondo track surface…. Good luck to my fellow masters athletes!” Meanwhile, Phil Raschker shares word of another deadline extension at the WMA world meet in Brazil: “Porto Alegre Deadline extended to August 24 (02.08.2013).” Too many meets, too little lira. (Canadian nationals ended recently, and the National Senior Games are in the rearview mirror.)

If weather holds and wind cooperates, great times are in offing at WMG.

If weather holds and wind cooperates, great times are in offing at WMG.

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August 3, 2013

11 Responses

  1. James Chinn - August 6, 2013

    Congrats Cornell !

  2. Scott Meier - August 6, 2013

    Thanks Ken for linking to my blog! I am always looking for suggestions for new tracks to post, so if anyone wants to see their favorites covered, please let me know! Feel free to email them (track name/location/info) to me a dailytrackpic@gmail.com . Thanks again!

  3. Sully - August 8, 2013

    Great Job Mr. Moody and Mr. Stephenson finishing 1-2 in the 400 ……Cornell I just started back to teaching and received message ..could not reach you …Later Sully

  4. Anthony Treacher - August 10, 2013

    Henry, lighten up. Party, party, party…

    No athlete here is under the impression that WMG Torino 2013 Athletics are a world championships. We are all well aware that the masters world championships in athletics are organized by the governing body World Masters Athletics (WMA) and the next is to be held in October 2013 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

    WMG is akin to an Olympic Games for masters, comprising Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volley, Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Duathlon, Field Hockey, Football/Soccer, Golf, Judo, Karate, Orienteering, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting – Clay Target, Shooting – Rifle & Pistol, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting.

    If you like, the WMG Athletics event is equivalent to Athletics at the Olympic Games (IOC), while the WMA World Championships are equivalent to the IAAF World Championships. The essential difference is that IAAF approves of Athletics at the Olympic Games, while the authoritarian WMA manikins – just to demonstrate that they have ‘power’ – do not approve of Athletics at WMG. In the WMA world, Usain Bolt would not get a world record competing at our ‘Olympics.’

    WMG events will be well run, provided that the overall governing bodies such as WMA simply allow the national governing bodies, FIDAL in the case of WMG Torino 2013 Athletics, to get on with it without WMA authoritarian bullying, obstruction and intimidation (including of the athletes).

    We athletes see WMG Torino 2013 Athletics just as another competition, another welcome opportunity to compete and attain our personal goals, perhaps at a time and a venue that is more convenient for us. For that we are grateful. The more opportunities we athletes get to compete, the better. And WMA – if it is truly working in the interests of masters athletes – should of course be thinking along the same lines.

    As to ‘voting with their feet’ – well I see all the friendly athletes at my hotel from Brazil, Canada, USA, Australia, etc. as making a real effort and commitment to travel here and compete at WMG Torino 2013 at considerable personal expense and inconvenience (which included the medical certificate required by Italian law, which probably cost each an extra Euro 60).

  5. Henry Kallioniemi - August 10, 2013

    Anthony, I agree with you in welcoming every opportunity to compete and meet with other athletes from all over the world.
    Maybe the organisers of WMG would like to see their games as Olympic Games for veterans. At least the four years between successive games point that way. But winning an Olympic gold is regarded higher than winning a gold in World Championships also among athletes themselves. For the Master Games that is not yet the case.
    If we for instance compare the 100m in M50 and M70 at Rimini 2007 and Torino 2013 we see that the number of partitioners have diminished from 72 to 25 in M50 and from 42 to 12 in M70. The time required for the final were 11.85 and 14.05 at Rimini 2007 compared with 12.49 and 15.43 at Torino.
    Especially europeans seem to be less interested in WMG. Maybe due to selfish interest among leaders of concurring national and european bodies. But the athletes are allowed to make choices of their own. And the results also have a saying.

  6. ventsi - August 10, 2013

    I fully agree with Anthony that WMG is the equivalent of the Olympic Games (for the young professionals).
    And there is absolutely NO reason that the records and results set at WMG would not be recognized by the WMA. This is a thoroughly ungrounded discrimination on behalf of MWA – of something outside their control!
    The equipment for measuring the results at WMG (devices, gauges, photofinishes, etc.) is without any doubts professional, reliable, official, etc.
    The referees are quite competent as well.
    This is some kind of boycott on behalf of WMA, or maybe “showing muscles”, demonstrating something – power, or whatever.
    For example, WMA may also decide to not recognize results from some regional or national championships!? They may decide whatever they want.
    Should the response be some kind of boycott of WMA Championships on behalf of large groups of masters athletes?
    Isn’t there a possibility to consult lawyers and to sue WMA for this discrimination?
    Concerning the average results – if those at WMACS are better than those at WMG, etc. – this is a secondary issue. The reasons may be numerous, and should not be discussed here. The fact is that MANY results at WMG are world-class, and MANY world-class athletes participate in WMG (which means they pay full respect to this competition).
    Again, there is NO reason to not ratify and recognize the results from WMG!
    WMG are really wonderful events, with unique atmosphere, and spoiling them with discriminating decisions is a devilish deal and does not benefit anyone.

  7. Cornell - August 11, 2013

    The WMA and those championships are no more valuable to most than the WMG. From what I saw and experienced, the WMG has tons to be proud about. The atmosphere was tremendous and most all of the competition was thrilling and inspirational. There is no way or no one to take any of the joy of the athletes who competed in Torino. When a meet says ‘WORLD’ and I’m healthy, I go and compete against anyone at anytime. Lastly, if the WMA championships are SO superior, why is the entry deadline being adjusted again?

  8. Anonymous - August 12, 2013

    Speaking of the WMA in Brazil I have noticed a number of athletes that are so far absent. There are always injuries of course but I see several standouts who have competed strongly in the rankings for local events but have skipped nationals and so far have not registered for worlds. Will it be a weak showing this year?

  9. Anthony Treacher - August 12, 2013

    @Ventsi. Droog (may I call you droog?) You are a Man of my own heart. Please contact me. I wish to join your fan club.

    However Ventsi, boycotting the WMA championships is not a good idea. We would simply be depriving ourselves of what are essentially well-run competitions by dedicated people. I say “essentially” because all organizers, including WMA and WMG alike, seem inevitably to have their problems – it seems that they are cursed with an inability to learn from the experience of their predecessors.

    No, as I said before the solution is to boycott the officers. Just ask your national officers and WMA candidates if they approve of WMG. If the answer is: “No” – just do not vote for them, or kick them out if they are already in. If the answer is: “No, because we have no choice by to obey WMA on this matter” then they are miserable committee manikins without minds of their own – so tell them that and kick them out once and for all and for ever.

    By the way. I am amenable to reason if given the chance. If anything I have written is incorrect or unreasonable, please inform me and I will adjust my ways.

  10. Weia Reinboud - August 12, 2013

    I have not considered going to Torino as I have no idea what kind of a meet it is. The list with sports sometimes looks a bit playish and how can I know the track and field is serious? There also exist two kinds of European masters games, I do not know the status of it. And it seems my countrymen also have no idea about this meet as only 15 have competed.

  11. Anthony Treacher - August 13, 2013

    Weia, “the list with sports seems a bit playish”? You would not say that if you had witnessed the sheer size, muscles and enthusiasm of the Australian, Russian, Brazilian volleyball players, rowers and others at my hotel. I believe the masters governing bodies of several disciplines, for instance masters weightlifting, even co-located their World Championships for 2013 to WMG Torino 2013. There are other sports besides Athletics.

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