M80 Bob Hewitt takes break from the dec for long hurdles WR

Bob Hewitt is our Ashton Eaton. If he isn’t setting world records (M75 and M80) in the decathlon, he’s trying the long hurdles. But not even Ashton can boast what Bob did over the weekend at the Portland Masters Track Classic in Gresham, Oregon — set an age-group WR in the 200-meter hurdles. Results aren’t yet posted, but PMTC Prez Linda Phillips reports that Bob, 81, ran the 200s in a wind-legal 35.71, shattering the listed M80 WR of 36.95 by Canada’s Earl Fee in 2010. And Bob also triple-jumped 8.34 meters (27-4 1/2) to nip the listed American record of 8.27 (27-1¾) by Edwin Lukens at 2002 Orono nationals. (The listed WR is 8.95, or 29-4 1/2). “It was a great day at Mt Hood CC!” writes Linda. “Sunny but not too hot and little to no wind all day (which is unusual to have both at the same time).” A throws record also was set, and I’m awaiting details. Same for official results of the USATF East Regional Ultraweight Pentathlon Championships at Chelmsford, Massachusetts. A bunch of records were set.

Wayne Sabin (left) and Bob Hewitt enjoyed brews after Portland Masters Track Classic.

Wayne Sabin (left) and Bob Hewitt enjoyed brews after Portland Masters meet.

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June 24, 2014

5 Responses

  1. Christel Donley - June 24, 2014

    Bob, you are simply awesome, not only on the track!
    Hope, the nomination for the “Hall of Fame” will come through, as the honor is long overdue!!

    Jerry and Christel

  2. Liz Palmer - June 24, 2014

    Several years ago I got to interview Bob for an article I wrote for National Masters News and I’ve been a fan ever since.

  3. marcus - June 24, 2014

    I was at the meet and watched his race. It was amazing! His stride length, knee lift, his form was simply superb. it just does not seem possible that he is over 80! or 70, heck even over 60! Maybe in his fifties….

  4. marklinda - June 25, 2014

    Bob you are awesome! That 200m hurdle time would be a GOOD time without the hurdles!
    However, we all know that Rita is the real reason for all this success. Cheers!

  5. Ken Stone - June 26, 2014

    Results of the Portland Masters Track Classic 2014 are here:

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