Legendary Joe Keshmiri’s M60 shot record falls to Quenton Torbert
Joe had masters records and a full life.
In my rush to celebrate Laurie Rugenstein’s mile world record
(unlikely to be ratified), I overlooked another 60-something’s record: Quenton Torbert
threw the 5-kilo shot 16.67 meters (54-8 1/4). The mark at the Mid-America USATF regional meet in Fort Collins, Colorado, beat the listed M60 American record of 16.46 (54-0) by the late throwing legend Joe Keshmiri
in 1998, a year before he died. And anyone who beats a Keshmiri record has to be awesome. His age group also is supercompetitive. Quenton has been national champion the past few years, throwing 16.36 (53 8 1/4) at Olathe. The listed M60 world record is 18.37 (60-3 1/4) by Germany’s Klaus Liedtke
in 2001. But many throwers suspect
that was a dope-fueled mark, since Klaus later was suspended after a positive drug test. Still, Quenton would rank fourth on the all-time M60 list
kept at mastersathletics.net. And on the Age-Graded Tables, 16.67 at age 61 is worth 21.77 (71-5 1/4) with the 16-pound shot. Not too shabby. So kudos to Quenton! Anyone have his email address?
September 12, 2013