Archive for April, 2016

Sex or track? Italian jumper’s provisional suspension raises issue

Italy’s Giorgio Maria Bortolozzi, a retired gynecologist almost 80, is a world champion masters long and triple jumper who competes in many events. But at his indoor nationals, he tested positive for DHEA and testosterone — after neglecting to apply for a TUE. News accounts of a month ago say he’s under provisional suspension, but […]

April 30, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Unbreakable Bill Collins back at Penn: wins 4×1 relay and M65 100

Competing at Penn for the first time since 2013, Bill Collins was in his element Friday at Franklin Field, again anchoring a winning 4×100 in 50.37 and taking the M65 100 in 12.57. Most other 100s were run as well (sometimes into a wind), with winners being: M40 Jeff Mack of DrivePhaze (gottalove club name) […]

April 29, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Ed Whitlock runs 8:27 mile at 85 — again and again 13.1 times

I have trouble fathoming stellar distance marks. But Runner’s World helpfully noted that M85 Ed Whitlock’s latest world record — a half-marathon in 1:50:47 — averaged 8:27 per mile. He broke the listed WR of 2:00:05 by Germany’s Georg Gabriel by 9:18. “Each new birthday has brought a chance for Whitlock to destroy a new […]

April 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

The New York Times discovers Yale prof’s Age-Declining Tables

You’ve heard of the Age-Graded Tables, right? Now The New York Times writes about the converse — Professor Ray Fair’s Age-Declining Tables. That’s what I call them, at least. In a story headlined: “Aging Runners Find Help for a Question: How Slow Will I Get?” our old runner friend Gina Kolata talks about Ray, “a […]

April 27, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Butch Reynolds renews vow he’d like M50 world record in 400

In December 2014, Butch Reynolds confirmed he was shooting for a masters comeback in the 400 — and a world record in M50. But he didn’t record a time in 2015. Now a new profile of the Ohio coach shows he still has WR dreams. He told a Columbus paper recently: “I’ve been dealing with […]

April 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Help Alex Rotas win Imagery of the Year Award for masters photos

A Bristol, England, paper reports that masters photographer Alex Rotas is a finalist in the Be a Game Changer Awards for the Women’s Sport Trust’s “Imagery of the Year” category. You can help by taking the survey that includes her category. (Find it here.) “The awards celebrate individuals and companies who have helped progress women’s […]

April 25, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Wall Street Journal nails down quiet change in masters doping rules

Many people sent me the link to Friday’s Wall Street Journal story about TUEs and masters athletes. I knew (back in January) that “recreational” (non-elite) masters could get therapeutic use exemptions for medications that include testosterone, but I buried that element in my Greg Pizza reports. The WSJ made a big deal of it, however: […]

April 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

W45 Kris Paaso sizzles in 1500, but it wasn’t an American record

The USATF Pacific Association erringly reports: “Most of the athletes at (Friday’s) Stanford Twilight Meet were looking for an NCAA Qualifier, but the PA’s Kris Paaso was looking for a fast race to break the F45-49 American Record for 1500m, and that’s just what she got. Running in Section 3, Paaso powered to a 4:34.50 […]

April 23, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Ida Keeling poised for Penn — and W100 world record in 100

At last. Ida Keeling, who turned 100 nearly a year ago, is ready to run a sanctioned 100. She’ll have quite an audience — at the Penn Relays. If she doesn’t get an illegal aiding wind, the title of W100 world-record holder is hers. The sked shows a mixed masters over-80 race at 3:45 p.m. […]

April 22, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Dr. Ed Holmes dies at 82; 2014 national weight throw champion

Steve “Hummer” Holmes, a coach in the Northeast, shares sad news of the March 8 death of his brother, Ed Holmes, at age 82. Cause of death was adenocarcinoma of the lung — lung cancer. “Ed was a lifelong nonsmoker, so his diagnosis was perplexing to us all,” Steve writes. “In March of 2014, he […]

April 21, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment