Archive for August, 2016

5 spectacular world records reported by Spanish statmeisters

The Spanish masters website in July reported five world age-group records (including indoor W35 high jump) set in 2016. All are amazing. In M75, José Vicente Rioseco López ran the 800 in 2:30.59, beating the listed WR of 2:34.3 by Aussie David Carr in 2007. In M80, Manuel Alonso Domingo ran the 1500 in 5:47.35, […]

August 31, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

WR long sprinter Roland Gröger: ‘I love to run and I love to run fast’

Roland Gröger lives in Berlin with his family. He’s a sports, German and math teacher in a primary school. He competed in East Berlin until age 25 in 1989 — the year the wall fell. And then he took a 15-year break. At age 40, he says, he resumed track. And he hasn’t slowed down […]

August 30, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Masters track version of Abbie D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin at Rio

M60 photographer/sprinter Dave Albo tells a wonderful story on his blog. While shooting the 50-meter dash at the Rocky Mountain Masters Games in Fort Collins, Colorado, he captured a tumble near the start. But then something amazing happens. Dave tells the story: “Bobby Fischer (Ric Rojas Running) started fine, but the guy to his left […]

August 29, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Germany’s Roland Gröger claims M50 world record for 400 meters

Germany’s Roland Gröger on Sunday posted a video to his YouTube channel claiming to show him running 400 meters in 51.02 at age 52 — beating the listed M50 world record of 51.39 by American Fred Sowerby in 1999. Roland won the 400 at Lyon worlds (and took silver in 200 and bronze in the […]

August 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  16 Comments

Hey, Vancouver AMG, try emulating Paris IAAF on results posting

Trackos at the AMG are being teased. An email from organizers says: “Please follow the links to the last results of the Athletics competition at the Americas Masters Games 2016 in Vancouver [Racewalk] and [10K] Run.” (But no other events.) Elsewhere, the IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris is the gold standard for how to […]

August 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Mastersrankings.com on more solid ground; Seto posts survey

Fourteen months ago, I rattled folks with the headline “Future of mastersrankings.com in doubt — with funding an issue.” Now it appears the partial paywall is working. “Contributions since memberships have started have enabled the site to continue by paying most of the recent and some of the deferred operating costs,” says operator John Seto. […]

August 27, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Fei-Mei Chou dies at 81; beloved sprinter, jumper, friend of many

Fei-Mei Chou of Sunnyvale, California, has lost her fight with stomach cancer, I’m very sad to report. Her daughter, Ri-Chee, writes that “she fought a valiant battle for 8 months, but sadly, she passed away last night (August 25.). Please share this with the Masters community. That was such an important part of her life.” […]

August 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Americas Masters Games meet begins Saturday with dec, hep

About 500 people are entered in the five-day track meet at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, according to this list.Lots of U.S. stars are in the mix, including Colleen Barney, Joy Upshaw, Kathy Bergen, Don Drummond, Chip Crowl, Tecumseh Peete and James Chinn. Sadly, Canadian star (and local) Christa Bortignon won’t be […]

August 26, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Tony Echeandia running for Team USA at Perth, shunning P.R.

After many years wearing Puerto Rican colors at world masters meets, M50 Getulio “Tony” Echeandia of Queens, New York, will compete for Team USA at Perth, according to the entrants list. That means he can help America win 4×4 gold down under. He’s a U.S. citizen, of course. Last year, Tony explained: “I run for […]

August 25, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Pete Magill’s ‘Born Again Runner’ book offers masters motivation

Masters 5K legend Pete Magill has published a new book, “The Born Again Runner,” which gave me reason to interview the South Pasadena author. Among other things, he explains his skepticism of “shiny objects” — digital devices marketed to runners. I also pinned him down on doping. He told me: “Runners should definitely take medicines […]

August 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments