Archive for September, 2015

Alfred Hermes’ German masters site shares newsy news of nation

If it’s news, it’s news to me. Especially German masters news. On Wednesday, I learned of a German masters track website, whose title translates as “magazine for senior athletics.” Use the Chrome browser to see it translated into English. The gent behind it is 69-year-old Alfred Hermes, who excels in sprints and middle distances. He […]

September 30, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

IAAF Portland 2016 worlds should host M105 sprinters showdown!

Kudos to NBC Sports for correcting its earlier, erroneous report that the 105-year-old Japanese gent was the fastest and oldest M105 sprinter on earth. In this post, writer Nick Zaccardi says: “Hidekichi Miyazaki may have been presented with a Guinness World Record as the world’s oldest competitive sprinter on Wednesday, but another man deserves the […]

September 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

‘Supermasters’ beer mile record downed; Finlayson clocks 5:01.24

Quaffing a bottle of Sleeman’s Honey Cream Ale every quarter-mile, Jim Finlayson of Victoria, British Columbia, crushed the beer mile world record for “supermasters” — age 40-plus — Saturday in his hometown. He ran 5:01.24, which is pretty good without the suds. According to this report, Jim previously held the open beer mile world record […]

September 28, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

SoCal coach Mark Cleary on Leland McPhie: ‘He loved to compete’

SoCal Track Club coach Mark Cleary, who oversees the winningest masters track club in America, recalls teammate Leland McPhie with fondness and admiration. Leland died three weeks ago at 101, and Mark graciously provided this tribute. Mark writes: “It was back in 2011 in Sacramento at the world championships. I spent a great deal of […]

September 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

WMA region snubs LeBourne, picks Mexican walker for IAAF honor

José Luis López Camarena of Mexico is a superb M65 race walker. He won Lyon gold in the 10K and 20K walks and silver in the 5K walk. (He also ran a leg on a 4×400, dropping down to the M60 race. What a stud!) But his times of 25:17.82, 51:47 and 1:53:21 were far […]

September 26, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

Myrle Mensey’s monster throws pentathlon: 4754 points = W65 WR

The listed W65 world record in the throws pentathlon is 4411 by Inge Faldager of Denmark, but Margaret Tomanek of Belgium scored 4599 at Lyon worlds. Yet Inge has a pending mark of 4634 from a May meet. Forget all that. As of Sept. 12, the best score on record (using the newly required 500g […]

September 25, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

M100 record-breaker Pellmann named USATF Athlete of the Week

Don Pellmann broke another barrier Thursday. He became the first M100 track star named USATF Athlete of the Week. And he had competition — Molly Huddle and David Torrence among them. (But he didn’t compete in seven events as news release says. The announcer made a flub.) So far this year, seven masters athletes have […]

September 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

‘Golden Bolt’ Hidekichi Miyazaki DID NOT set M105 WR in the 100

Hidekichi Miyazaki, the “Golden Bolt” of masters track, lost his M100 100-meter world record Sunday to Don Pellmann but showed his fitness Wednesday by running the race in 42.22 a day after his birthday, according to an explosion of media reports. But all those reports are wrong in one respect. Hidekichi isn’t the fastest 105-year-old […]

September 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Irene Obera, Anselm LeBourne are U.S. picks for IAAF Best Masters

USATF leadership has chosen world-record setters and Lyon champions Irene Obera and Anselm LeBourne as nominees for the year’s top award — IAAF Best Masters, I’ve learned. But it’s up to WMA regional brass, led by Sandy Pashkin, on whether the Americans are in the final hunt. (Canadians, Mexicans and Central Americans are in the […]

September 22, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

M100 superstar Don Pellmann makes cover of The New York Times

Nice treat for old Don. More media attention is coming, including ABC’s national evening news Tuesday — about 6:30 p.m. in various time zones. Not bad to share spotlight with the pope! (But no promises on story being aired. Stuff happens.)

September 22, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments