Diane Cummins is threat to Podko’s W40 WR for 800 meters

Diane is easy to find on the Web, and leading the pack.

I really want Diane Cummins to break the W40 world record for 800. Why? Her name is so much easier to type than Yekaterina Podkopayeva, the listed WR holder from Russia. (That’s why I generally write Podko for short.) Diane showed her fitness Thursday night at the Oxy elite meet in Los Angeles, when she took sixth in Heat 2 in 2:02.39. (She turned 40 in January.) See her race on Runnerspace. Podko’s W40 best is now 20 years old at 1:59.25 — one of a handful of masters marks not used to compute the Age-Graded Table factors. She’s such an “outlier.” South Africa-born Diane was a 2004 Olympian for Canada and is hoping to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. According to mastersathletics.net, Diane’s 2:02 represents the No. 4 time by a W40 in history. It’s a Canadian record, of course, destroying the listed W40 mark of 2:08.3 by Erna Kozak. Go, Diane!

Here are complete women’s 800 results from Oxy, plus her heat:

Womens 800m Back to top
Name Yr School Finals H# Pts

1 Martinez, Brenda New Balance 1:59.91 1
2 Vessey, Maggie Unattached 1:59.96 1
3 Bishop, Melissa Nike 2:00.73 1
1 Grace, Kate Oiselle 2:01.57 2
4 McGowan, Brittany Melbourne TC 2:01.70 1
2 Rogers, Christina Spirit of Oregon 2:01.75 2
3 Smith, Jessica Nike 2:01.78 2
4 Kampf, Heather Team USA Minnes 2:01.87 2
1 Katsanevkis, Katherine Saucony 2:01.95 3
5 Tracey, Adelle England 2:02.01 1
5 Crofts, Helen Athletics Canada 2:02.10 2
2 Kajan, Selma Melbourne TC 2:02.13 3
6 Thomas, LaTavia NJ-NY Track Club 2:02.14 1
7 Crowe, Laura Melbourne TC 2:02.24 1
6 Cummins, Diane Mountain West Tr 2:02.39 2
7 Buckman, Zoe Melbourne TC 2:02.50 2
3 Wallace, Lauren Oiselle 2:02.55 3
8 Wright, Phoebe Nike 2:02.66 1
4 Praska, Bethany Unattached 2:02.83 3
8 Leinert, Shannon OTC Elite 2:02.89 2
5 Aubry, Rachel Speed River Olym 2:04.18 3
6 Moore, Erica Beasts TC 2:04.31 3
1 Brown, Alisha Unattached 2:05.65 4
7 Francois, Rachel Unattached 2:05.71 3
2 Zanotelli, Dalanne Unattached 2:06.13 4
3 Williams, Shawnice Unattached 2:06.15 4
9 Belleau-Beliveau, Kari VAINQUEURS 2:06.21 1

Womens 800m
Name Yr School Finals H# Pts

1 Grace, Kate Oiselle 2:01.57 2
2 Rogers, Christina Spirit of Oregon 2:01.75 2
3 Smith, Jessica Nike 2:01.78 2
4 Kampf, Heather Team USA Minnes 2:01.87 2
5 Crofts, Helen Athletics Canada 2:02.10 2
6 Cummins, Diane Mountain West Tr 2:02.39 2
7 Buckman, Zoe Melbourne TC 2:02.50 2
8 Leinert, Shannon OTC Elite 2:02.89 2
9 Ross, Cydney NJ-NY Track Club 2:07.33 2

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May 17, 2014

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  1. Matt B. - May 17, 2014

    Suprised it only comes out to a 95.2% age graded. Hope she breaks 2 this season. Is there a qualifying mark needed for the Commonwealth games?

  2. Ken Stone - May 17, 2014

    2:03.5. She has it.
    http://www.nirunning.co.uk/documents/Commonwealth%20Games%20Standards.pdf

  3. Sonja Friend-Uhl - May 18, 2014

    Those times are fast at any age! Very inspiring! Go Diane!! :-)

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