Brazilian claims M85 world record in 100 as Americans take 9 golds

Saturday was Speed Day at Porto Alegre worlds with finals held in the 100-meter dashes. See results here. Completing his comeback from a 2009 doping suspension, Val Barnwell won M55 in 11.90 as fellow Americans Tom Jones and Ken Thomas took third and fourth. Other Yanks taking gold were W35 Brandi Bernert (12.23), W50 Joy Upshaw (13.24), W65 Phil Raschker (15.06), M35 Babatunde “Tunde” Ridley of San Diego (10.66), M40 Tod Long (11.04), M65 Charles Allie (12.55), M70 Steve Robbins (13.16) and M75 Bob Lida (13.75), who won by more than a second. M85 Yoshiyuki Shimizu of Brazil set a world record with his stunning 15.97, beating the listed WR of 16.16 by Japan’s Suda Giichi in 1998. (Yes, Yoshiyuki is Brazilian.) And 15.97 is worth 10.09 on the Age-Graded Tables.

Tunde Ridley, shown in Porto Alegre, won his first world masters title in the 100.

Tunde Ridley, shown in Porto Alegre, won his first world masters title in 100.

Results also indicate world records in these events (note hashtag by marks):

W80 Hammer Throw
80 WMA: # 27.09m
Name Age Team Finals
1 518 Tisinova, Ludmila W80 Argentina 28.12m#

W85 Hammer Throw
85 WMA: # 20.49m
Name Age Team Finals
1 3198 Huapaya, Julia W86 Peru 22.38m#

M65 5000 Meter Race Walk
WMA: # 24:14.04
Name Age Team Finals
1 2540 Richards, Ian M65 Great Britai 24:13.10#

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October 19, 2013

13 Responses

  1. Cornell - October 19, 2013

    Great Job, Team USA!! I would have loved to join you guys but the WMG was a better option for my profession (teacher). I hope each of you perform at levels you never dreamed of.

  2. Curt Morgan - October 20, 2013

    I was seriously considering entering this meet…then, read about the rapes perpetrated on tourists on public buses, as well as the great dichotomy between rich and poor in Brasil. In the past, I have actually dreamed about being in Rio, but, given the wretched conditions in that country, I think I’ll give visiting Brasil, a permanent “PASS”.

  3. Nolan Shaheed - October 20, 2013

    Thanks Curt. I hope all who went don’t get raped on buses.
    I heard the same things about the wretched conditions in Chicago but went to the outdoor championships last year and didn’t get raped once.
    I rode public buses in Kansas City and Washington D.C. this year at Nationals, (talking about dichotomy)and wasn’t touched.
    I even went to Brazil a few years ago and lucked out again.
    I did read in the news though about someone who got raped in Minnesota. Pass on going there.

    Good luck to all the athletes who are competing in Brazil.

  4. Peter Taylor - October 20, 2013

    Some wonderful performances, to say the least, for the American sprinters. I recognize all of the U.S.A. winners except for Tod Long (M40); I hope that Tod will join us in Boston and Winston-Salem next year.

    Good to note, in passing, that Tom Jones pulled down a bronze in M55, as Tom has been “in and out” over the last few years. I also see that Christa Bortignon, our Canadian friend, ran 15.94 against a slight wind in W75, missing the world mark by just 0.03 seconds.

    Finally, maybe I don’t have to say “Babatunde” any more, as Mr. Ridley may well prefer “Tunde.” By either name, he made a big splash at Landover nationals in March by running 6.86 in the 60.

  5. Terry Parks - October 20, 2013

    Nolan is right, there are places in the US where very bad things happen and the gap between the have and the have nots is pretty bad. I think that instead of being afraid to visit a place, one should take the proper precautions and look upon the opportunity to see a new place as that — an opportunity. My most memorable trip was to Indonesia. People were pretty poor and some of the conditions were shocking to me. But the people were very nice, the country was beautiful and waking up to the sound of the call to morning prayers all made me realize that the world is a big place with some very different ways of living. I learned to appreciate my privileged position as an American, but also realized that happiness does not equal wealth.

    Take some chances in life, otherwise just playing it safe all the time limits you. Heck, I never really thought about running the 800 when I was younger, but I love it now. I am no where as good as Nolan, but I am learning and having fun. Life is short, see the world take some chances and enjoy meeting people. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy things that you thought that you would not.

  6. Curt Morgan - October 20, 2013

    Nolan, Terry: simply google “Brazil social unrest”, then justify why I (or anyone) should contribute financially to such a political system, particularly in the name of entertainment.

    Nolan, “playing it safe”? You don’t know me, so please save your lecture. I have worked and lived overseas in several countries in Asia, Oceania, and Europe, traveled extensively in about 30 more, and spent twelve years of my life outside the USA. I grew up in Washington, D.C. (where I currently live) and have no qualms about my wife traveling alone on public transportation here. Only a fool would advocate such in Brasil.

  7. Terry Parks - October 20, 2013

    Curt you seem to miss the mountain for the forest.

    You have the right to do whatever you want, but seeing the world from goggle is not my idea of travel. I am sure there are many in Europe who look at the US murder rate from gun deaths via google and believe that coming to the US is just too scary. The point is, that there are bad things happening everywhere including the USA. That seems to be the human condition. But along with the badness, there are some amazing things to see and experience. If you close to focus on the badness then that is all you will see.

    I am watching my friends compete and become world champions and international medalist. I wish them God’s speed and I have been enjoying their Facebook updates.

    I am going to Budapest in March and they have political, economic, and social problems too. However, I look forward to celebrating my 50th, which is on the start of the meet, by running the 800 heats as a proud member of team USA. I count myself lucky to be able to see the world and compete with people from all over the world.

  8. Tommy Aunan - October 20, 2013

    One wise man is known to have said: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
    -Mark Twain or like travel-guru Rick Steves say:”Keep on traveling.” Bad things can happen anywhere.

  9. Nate Sickerson - October 21, 2013

    First of all, great job US. Just curious what is up with the results and wind readings? Are they even using an auto timing system at least one that works. All of the mens finals either have a 0.0 wind or NWI up through M65. The mens 40 final has 2 guys tied for 2nd at 11.12 and 2 guys tied for 4th at 11.15. I know any meet I have been to breaks those down to a thousandth to break the tie. The mens 50 semi’s only had times to the tenth of a second. Just an observation considering other things I have read about the meet.

  10. Tod - October 21, 2013

    @Peter. I just started running master events in May of this year. Won nationals in July (100m). Decided to come down to Porto Alegre and run the 100/200. You have seen the results in the 100m, I hope to capture gold in the 200m (we just ran the semi finals today, I won my heat, but not sure of the time, prelims I ran 22.36).

    I have some peer pressure from friends to try for a WR in the M40 4x200m, so indoors is a possibility. I don’t really run the short sprints (60m), so it will depend on how my training goes for the deuce over the next few months.

    I will for sure be in Winston-Salem to defend my National Championship title in the 100m :)

  11. Tod - October 21, 2013

    @Nate They didn’t have a wind gauge in most of the 100m heats on Friday or Saturday. Both days there was a headwind.

    As far as the final in the M40, I noticed that same thing. I didnt mind much because it didn’t affect me, I do recall several different times being displayed after mine (11.12, 11.13, etc.). It looks like they did a good looking at the picture and determined the dual ties. I didn’t wait around at the finish line to see all the discussions though. I think that Reggie Pendleton did wait around to ensure he had the second place 11.12 time over the Japanese competitor.

  12. Peter Taylor - October 22, 2013

    Thank you, Tod. Looks like you should do very well in the 200. When you said you were going to Winston-Salem (2014) to defend your national title, I momentarily asked myself, how did I miss this guy? Then I remembered I was not at Olathe, the first outdoor nationals I missed since 2003 in Eugene.

    Boston (Reggie Lewis Center) is a nice facility but not extraordinarily fast. The track is lightly banked. You could run three races (200 trial, 200 final, and 4 x 200 final) and have a good experience.

  13. Tod - October 22, 2013

    Peter, I think that I have ran on the track in Boston. I have ran there on several occasions. I recall the first time being in 1993 Indoor USA Nationals (I was a Sr at Oklahoma University at the time). I got 4th in the 200m (James Trapp won that year). I believe this was at Harvard’s indoor facility. I also went back a couple of times while running for NIKE in the mid 90s. I want to say that I was at the Reggie Lewis Center for these races (ran the 200m each time).

    I will have to see what I am running like in late Jan/Feb. I don’t have access to an indoor facility down in Dallas, TX. I am always outside in the elements, and the cold can cause me problems when trying to sprint, lol.

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