Archive for April, 2017

Spanish hammer thrower draws 4-year doping ban for steroids

Malaga worlds (the 2018 WMA meet) just lost its home-nation favorite in the M35 hammer. According to the IAAF and local reports, “Veteran hammer thrower Cristóbal Almudí Cid has been sanctioned with four years of disqualification after a positive analysis by the anabolic steroid Estanozolol [probably Winstrol or Stanozolol] in a competition control.” Cristóbal’s name […]

April 28, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Germany joins critics — won’t recognize results from Kiwi WMG

Germany is not amused. News that Russians are competing at the World Masters Games in Auckland (against IAAF rules) has stirred a soup Nazi reaction: “No records for you!” According to a Google translation of Alfred Hermes’ blog, we learn: “DLV does not recognize the achievements of the WMG 2017. The WMG organization does not […]

April 27, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

British masters official aghast that Auckland WMG allows Russians

I’m warming to these World Masters Games. They let anyone come and play — the spirit of the founders of WAVA in the mid-1970s. Back in the day, the likes of David Pain and Bob Fine rebelled at restrictions on who could run and jump at worlds. They went to bat for “professional athletes” and […]

April 26, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  11 Comments

Can Indian sprinter Man Kaur document her being 101 years old?

Flame away. But I’m just a tad skeptical about Man Kaur, the “101-year-old” star of the World Masters Games in Auckland. The other day she ran the 100 in 74.56 seconds, and New Zealand media dubbed her the “miracle from Chandigarh.” But Indian athletes have a history of inflating their ages. The most notorious is […]

April 25, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  16 Comments

Throwers young and old gathering for Big Guys party in Sacramento

Gary England writes to invite all American Big Guys (and Gals) to the annual Traveling Big Guys Party on the Saturday night of the USATF open championships in Sacramento. The party “has been a rite of passage for throwers since 1990,” Gary says. “I have decided to combine it with the West Coast Throwers Reunion […]

April 24, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Barrineau posts top HJ mark on Day 1 of Kiwi World Masters Games

The World Masters Games were fully under way Saturday in Auckland, and track results are rolling out here. Helpfully noting the age-graded percentages, separate files for Day 1 track and Day 1 field show some nice efforts in the high jump and long hurdles. Olympian Jim Barrineau cleared 1.65 (5-5) to win M60, and fellow […]

April 23, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Deadline for 2021, 2022 WMA world meet bidders is Sept. 1, 2017

World Masters Athletics is calling for bidders to host the 2021 indoor and 2022 outdoor world championships. The deadline is fast approaching: Sept. 1, 2017. So if any American sites have any interest, it’s time to boogie. If an indoor meet requires multiple venues, the best are in the Boston and New York areas. Maybe […]

April 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Ray Bower dies at 93; pioneer at worlds, M75 sprint champ at Penn

I smile in recalling Ray Bower’s butt. We shared a dorm room at 2005 Hawaii masters nationals, and his cute little rump stuck out from the bed covers across the room. More important was the fact he could move that butt on the track — and he became a friend as we reunited at nationals. […]

April 21, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Someone at Eurovets is silencing debate, erasing EMA content

A couple days ago, the Facebook group for European Masters Athletics went from open to closed — meaning new members have to be approved by the admins. One reason for the change is the apparent effort to purge critics of EMA President Kurt Kaschke of Germany, including German masters track blogger Axel Hermanns. His recent […]

April 20, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Meet North Carolina’s Musa Gwanzura: Daegu silver medalist in 3K

At 2015 indoor nationals, M40 Musa Gwanzura made up a 20-yard gap on the last lap to win the 3000 in 9:08.88. (See the video.) No wonder he made it look easy. He’s a former 4:04 miler who helped Abilene Christian win an NCAA Div. II indoor title in the late 1990s. Now he’s getting […]

April 19, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments