Archive for August, 2015 is named official WMA site for seasonal lists

For the second time this millennium, World Masters Athletics has named a rankings site as its official home for seasonal age-group lists. John Seto formally announced Monday that WMA “has endorsed (aka as the official WMA Rankings list for masters athletics.” A dozen years ago, WMA rankings fell apart amid mediocrity and no […]

August 31, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Not that it matters: France edged Germany in Lyon medals count

The founders of masters track despised medal counts, since nationalism was considered a blight on the sport. But for the umpteenth time, the LOC has provided the numbers. According to the Lyon 2015 site, the most medals went to host France — edging traditional powerhouse Germany in golds 106 to 105 (but leading in overall […]

August 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Brits sweep Beijing masters exhibition races; Yanks 4th and 5th

Running in late afternoon 84-degree temperature, British stars David Heath (800) and Sarah Louise Read Cayton (400) won the masters exhibition races Saturday at Beijing’s Olympic Stadium at IAAF worlds. David’s time of 2:00.92 bettered his M50 gold mark at Lyon of 2:01.93 but was short of his season best 1:58.72 on July 29 in […]

August 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  28 Comments

Lou Lodovico dies at 91; recalled as inspirational masters runner

Lou Lodovico, who raced as recently as 2014, died a week ago in Pennsylvania, his local paper reported. he was 91. “I know he has run at least one 5K in 2014 since I found the results where he ran a 44:04,” one fan posted. His obituary mentioned masters running in passing, but his guestbook […]

August 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

WMA counts 43 world records set at Lyon — nice but not quite

World Masters Athletics has posted what it calls world records set at Lyon. Wish it were true. More accurately, it’s a list of marks that beat listed world records. But at least a half-dozen were short of marks set earlier this year. M50 David Heath has at least two sub-4 1500s, for example — better […]

August 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Sorry about white screen of death: WordPress update downed site

Late Saturday night, I installed WordPress 4.3 on this site, using the same process I always do. Then my wife and I continued our vacation, and I didn’t check my site (or email) until late Sunday night. Uh oh. The white screen of death appeared. I couldn’t even access my admin tools. So I gave […]

August 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Who should USATF nominate for world’s best masters of 2015?

The Eurovets website is inviting nominations for WMA World Best Masters Athletes for 2015. The prize, of course, is a trip to Monaco for the IAAF Gala in late fall. Here’s what the Euros learn: “WMACS Lyon 2015 closed the final result booklet just a week ago. Now we are waiting to see who will […]

August 22, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

Peruvians welcome M90 champion ‘like a hero’ — how about you?

Anyone in Lyon would recognize this gent. Hugo Antonio Delgado Flores, 91, wore a big watch and bigger gray beard. It didn’t hurt his sprints apparently. Now we learn from his home country media that “he arrived last Wednesday night at the airport of his home town of Arequipa to proud family members and fans, […]

August 21, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Nearly 1,000 videos of Lyon worlds on YouTube keep spirit alive

M105 Polish sprinter Stansilaw Kowalski didn’t make it to Lyon. (I don’t know why.) So the oldest entrant at worlds was Brazil’s Frederico Fischer, 98, who ate up the attention. He told media folks that he was a decathlete in his youth and was a national champion 400-meter guy. “Sports are the best doctors you […]

August 20, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Angela Jimenez raising funds for ‘Racing Age’ book via Kickstarter

As many have noted, Angela Jimenez of Minneapolis took her world-class eye to Lyon and captured amazing images for The New York Times. (See the gallery here.) It’s part of her ongoing “Racing Age” series on masters track (which I first wrote about five years ago). Now I’ve been informed that Angela is using Kickstarter […]

August 19, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment