Irene Obera pulls a Jesse Owens at Bay Area Games: 3 WRs!

Haven’t seen results posted online, but Masters Mole 673(c)4 reports: “I work closely with [W80] Irene Obera and I thought you might like to know what she did today at the Bay Area Senior Games held at the College of San Mateo. The meet is USATF-sanctioned and run under the auspices of senior USATF official Leroy Milam. Irene first ran a 17.06 in the hundred meters, with a wind reading of -0.1, besting both the listed and pending WRs. Then she long jumped 10-1 1/2 inches (3.09), which betters the listed outdoor WR held by [Christa] Happ of Germany. Finally, Irene blasted a 35.69 [in the 200] to eclipse her recent indoor WR time (36.53) as well as the unofficial outdoor best of 39.92 by [Emma] Mazzenga. I didn’t get the wind reading.” Whatta day for Irene! If the report pans out, she set three world record inside of 2 hours. Incredible.

Irene flew at 2011 worlds. Now 80, she’s redefining what sprinters can do.

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May 11, 2014

8 Responses

  1. Ken Stone - May 11, 2014

    BTW, the listed W80 WR is 18.42 by Hanna Gelbrich of Germany in 1993.

    The listed AR is 18.76 Marjorie Fitzgerald in 2007.

    A 17.06 is beyond comprehension.

  2. Bernie Wooster - May 11, 2014

    Wished i could have been there to see you Irene. I heard you were awesome!!! You are redefining how we should think about aging. If you’ve got your health, then get up and MOVE people :)

  3. Nicholas Pang - May 11, 2014

    I was priviledged and humbled to watch Irene break the world record in both the 100m and 200m yesterday. I missed her long jump as I was competing on the track at the same time. AWESOME! Simple AMAZING!!!


  4. Raisin - May 11, 2014

    I had to work so I wish I could have been there to see Irene…She is the greatest,,good luck in the World Masters outdoors in July

  5. Peter Taylor - May 12, 2014

    What a beautiful photo of a beautiful woman. Go ahead, Irene, do some more wonderful things.

  6. Christa Bortignon - May 13, 2014

    Congratulations, Irene.
    That makes it 6 world records this year so far, what
    amazing results!

  7. Weia Reinboud - May 14, 2014

    No wind readings in the results, amateuristic…

  8. Ed - May 16, 2014


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