7 pacesetters help Emma Mazzenga set W80 WR at 400 meters
Emma, No. 80, surrounded by pacesetters after WR 400.
A month after turning 80, Emma Mazzenga
ran 400 meters at an elite meet in Padua, Italy. (See results here.)
In front of 6,000 people September 1 and with seven pacers, Emma clocked 1:31.21
, crushing the listed W80 WR of 1:40.45 by American Polly Clarke
in 1990 but also a pending mark of 1:35.76 by Alice Cole
in July. Our friend Rosa Marchi
, one of the pace-setters, writes: “Emma run in a meeting with international champions like Kellie Wells, Dylan Armstrong, LaShawn Merritt
and Krivoshapka.” Here’s the phototimer shot
. After the race, she signed autographs. Nani Prampolini
shot the video below. Her time вЂ” a tenth faster than my 400-meter hurdles at Olathe вЂ” is worth 48.24 on the Age-Graded Tables. Congrats to Emma!
September 6, 2013