Rudy Briscoe burns a sub-23 200 at age 56 — with illegal wind

M55 sprinter Rudy Briscoe was being congratulated Monday on Facebook. An image showed his 200-meter time in It said 22.89. Yowza! That crushes the listed age-group WR of 23.36 by Bill Collins. It would make him the oldest man to go sub-23. The May 31 mark at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, demanded scrutiny. On Tuesday, Cristy Snellgroves of PURE Athletics wrote me: “We can confirm the time of 22.89. However, there was a wind reading of 3.4 [meters per second], so PURE Athletics will not be submitting it as a world record. The results can be found at under NTC/PURE Athletics Last Chance Meet.” Even with a 7.5 mph wind, the time is sensational. Hope Rudy travels to Winston-Salem for July masters nationals. (He’s a Jamaican national who lives in Florida, according to recent results. He took second in Olathe nationals in the 400 and third in the 1 and 2.)

Rudolph “Rudy” Briscoe of Jamaica wore SoCal TC colors in taking second to Ben James in the M55 400 final at 2013 Olathe nationals.

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June 4, 2014

6 Responses

  1. James Chinn - June 4, 2014

    Rudy, congrats on an amazing time!

  2. Matt B. - June 4, 2014

    Wind assisted converts to a 23.07 for lane 3, 23.08 if in lane 4, 23.1 lane 5, 23.12 for lane 6.

    A max 2.0 mps wind instead of 3.4 mps out of lane 4 would convert to -(.05) or 22.94.

    Incredible performance and as impressive as Bolt’s open WR.

  3. Gary D - June 4, 2014

    I was there and saw the race. Rudy was flying! The NTC just installed a new track surface and I guess it’s fast. (What does a thrower know of tracks?) Some youngster ran a 9.74 NWI earlier in the day. Holy cow!!

  4. EM - June 6, 2014

    It’s unreal. Too much of an outlier. He has been running 24s for several yrs. This much of a jump doesn’t square with reality. Let’s see how he does the rest of the season.

  5. Mark Cleary - June 7, 2014

    Ken, Rudy will be in Winston -Salem for the Nationals and he is a U.S. citizen-they did not have it right last summer.
    He was running injured last summer, but he’s healthy now !

  6. Wayne Redwood - June 9, 2014

    Rudy, Congrats on the performance. I was there at track side to see it all. Your fellow club members at Drivephaze Track Club are very proud of you. We all know how hard you work. You are an inspiration to us all. See you at Masters Nationals next month.

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