Americans already winning gold at Costa Rica WMA regionals
Rob Jerome, masterful masters photographer, writes Thursday from Central America: вАЬThought I would touch base with you from NCCWMA San Jose, Costa Rica. The action starts early each day (7 AM) and concludes in the early afternoon in order to avoid the daily late afternoon rains. Temperatures during competition today were in the 70s. Very comfortable. The stadium, built in 2011, is fantastic. It has a retractable roof. However, according to Sandy Pashkin, вА¶ it cannot be closed to ward off the rains because the meet would then no longer be considered вАШoutdoors.вАЩ The track dries quickly, but the sand in the jumping pits remains wet and heavy so long jumpers and triple jumpers are likely to be less than satisfied. Other than that, things look great.вАЭ [Results are posted here.]
Winners get the full Olympic treatment. They are led to the podium by young ladies carrying the national flags of the winners; officials in native dress place the medals around the necks of the winners, and the gold medal winner has his or her national anthem played.
Early gold medal winners for the U.S. were Lee McCabe in M75 shot put with 9.32 meters and Ed Hearn in M65 shot put with 12.59 meters.