Deadline extended for Budapest worlds; entry lists are posted
Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, you can always count on deadlines being pushed back for major international masters meets. The latest is Budapest. Despite a USATF statement that “the entry deadline is February 3, 2014 (no exceptions),” the LOC says: The deadline to enter for the 6th World Masters Athletics Championships indoors, to be held in Budapest between 25-30 March 2014 has now been extended due to the significant interest the event has attracted. The LOC has been receiving entries since the middle of December, yet many affiliates have indicated that more athletes are looking to sign up to the event that offers two 200m tracks under one roof. … The LOC has to receive the entries and the payments by midnight Central European Time on 17 February 2014.” Interest may be significant, but methinks money is the crucial issue. They need more entries to make it. A couple days ago, entry lists were posted. So far, no Olga Kotelko, the WR machine who turns 95 in March. She might be the oldest entrant.
The LOC site further says:
According to the registrations, the most popular events are the 200m, half marathon, and the 60 m, the least popular events are the pole vault, the weight trhow and the hammer throw. Based on our database, Germany have the most candidates (222 athletes at this moment), second place is Great Britain and Northern Ireland with 194 patricipant (sic), the third is Russia with 142 athletes.
Haven’t seen a breakdown by nation. But you can search the entire list.
Several dozen Americans are entered, including superstars Bill Collins, Bob Lida, Kathy Martin, Jeanne Daprano, Rita Hanscom, Steve Robbins, Thad Wilson and Antwon Dussett. Great to see Emil Pawlik still in the game at M75.