Margaret Peters claims W80 WR for 200 meters at Oceania meet

Margaret Peters

Margaret Peters at Bendigo.

World champion Margaret Peters of New Zealand won the 60 (into a stiff wind), 100 and 200 at the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships in Bendigo, Australia, and may have been disappointed in her 19.2 hand-time for the 1. She made up for it Saturday, however, by blasting a 10-year-old W80 world record for the deuce. According to results, Margaret had a legal 1.5 mps wind when she clocked 40.27 seconds — beating the listed WR of 40.78 by Japan’s Mitsu Morita in 2003. The local newspaper profiled her earlier in the meet. “Peters, an Oceania Masters record holder in the 60, 100, 200 and 400 metres events, says taking part in the games was fun,” said the Bendigo Advertiser. “It is the thrill of doing the sport and joining in and taking part with everyone,” Margaret is quoted as saying, noting that she had been running laps every other day to prepare for the meet. “You have to try your best because you don’t really know what everybody else has been doing.” Margaret has competed for many years and was the New Zealand Masters Athlete of the Year in 2011.
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January 12, 2014

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  1. Mary Harada - January 12, 2014

    I have watched her run in a number of WMA championships- she is a very talented athlete and a lovely woman. Congratulations and continuing good success.

  2. Ken Stone - January 13, 2014

    Thanks, Weia. I confirmed Emma’s mark on the Eurovets record site:

    So again World Masters Athletics disappoints in its record-keeping. WMA records were last updated Dec. 15, 2013, but Emma ran her 200 in September 2013. That’s why I refer to “listed WR.”

    The actual WR may be different.

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