Karla Del Grande adds 2 WRs, Alice Cole a third at Ontario meet

Quarter-mile studs Alice (left) and Karla at Ontario meet.

Two weeks after serving notice of her fitness, Karla Del Grande took down two W60 indoor world records Sunday in Ontario. Doug Smith reports via Facebook (and shares photos on this post): “THREE World Records at today’s Ontario Masters Winter Mini Meet #2 at the Toronto Track and Field Centre. Karla Del Grande broke the W60 60m in 8.56 (WR 8.68). She also broke the 400m WR in 1:07.17 (WR 1:08.34) Alice Cole from Montreal broke the W80 WR in the 400m in 1:39.83, She broke the old WR of 1:54 by over 15 seconds!” Results are here. On Jan. 4, at the first Ontario mini-meet, Karla ran 50 meters in 7.51. So 8.56 sounds about right. Her 60-meter record beats the listed W60 best by Britain’s Valerie Parsons in 2007. Her 400 knocks off the venerable record by American Phil Raschker in 2008. Alice annihilated the W80 record by Switzerland’s Ruth Helfenstein in 2012 at JyvГ¤skyla worlds.

Alice crushes the listed W80 world indoor 400 record by 15 seconds.

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January 19, 2014

3 Responses

  1. Cassandra Smith - January 20, 2014

    Well done to both ladies – Karla you are a champion!!!!!

  2. Peter Taylor - January 20, 2014

    Karla Del Grande needs some sort of monicker. Karla “Too Good” Del Grande is all I can think of right now. I wonder whether Karla has also broken the W60 mark in the 200 this year …. let me go search this site. Well, I couldn’t find anything.

    Keeping up-to-date is important, as Boston nationals are looming (Irene Obera is competing there, but I don’t know whether Karla will be). For example, when Irene O. comes out on Friday at Boston to destroy the W80 world mark in the 400 she may be surprised to learn that Alice Cole beat it by 15 seconds, as shown in this story.

    Announcers hate to be ambushed by these record-breaking marks that have not been entered anywhere.

  3. Doug Shaggy Smith - January 25, 2014

    Karla set a CAN record in the 50m at our first meet. She didn’t run the 200 at the last meet – on her Coach’s advice.
    Unfortunately, I had to schedule the Canadian Championships for the same weekend at the USATF meet.

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