Archive for May, 2017

M45 Whiteman lowers 800 WR to aw, you’ll never believe it anyway

Who would be the first M45 to run sub-1:54 in the outdoor 800? That was answered several weeks ago, when British Olympian Anthony Whiteman scorched two laps in 1:53.40 and shattered Sal Allah’s 2005 mark of 1:54.18. Then came: Who could go sub-1:53? Whiteman replied with a 1:51.3 — breaking the 1:52 barrier as well. […]

May 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Baltic Open Championships in Estonia set for August; Yanks, too?

A week after the Eurovets hold their WMA regional in Aarhus, Denmark, the Estonians (no relation) plan an open masters meet in Pärnu. The event is August 12-13, and info is here. “This will be a good possibility to improve the results in less formal atmosphere – have good food and beer after competition, walk in […]

May 21, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Where is Robin Williams as French mocker when we need him?

A month ago, I noted how the German track federation was rejecting any records set at the Auckland World Masters Games because — horrors! — satanic dope-fiend Russian masters were allowed to compete. I summoned the Soup Nazi from “Seinfeld” to illustrate the inanity of that stand. So who do I recruit for comment on […]

May 20, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

‘Superman’ Dan Bulkley at finish line of masters career: 100 at 100

Last October, I wrote about Dan Bulkley of Oregon being entered at the Huntsman World Senior Games. At 99, he was set to run sprints and do discus and javelin. He didn’t make it to the meet. But thank goodness he made it to 100 (on May 4). In one of the greatest masters profiles […]

May 19, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Irene Obera vows comeback for 2019; expect W85 WR rewrite

Mark your calendars for 2019. That’s when W85 world records will drop like pins on the PBA tour. That’s when Irene Obera is coming back. The Masters Hall of Famer periodically emerges from her Bay Area habitat to rewrite the record books. After winning 2016 Top Female Athlete of the Year Honors, she’s biding her […]

May 18, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Chinese runner’s goal: Guinness world record for most gold medals

The Malaysian-based Star2 website posted a story about China’s Chen Xuhua of Jinan, Shandong province. “At the Perth 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships… Chen won the 5,000m and 2,000m steeplechase for women in the 75-79 age group,” it notes. (Her times: 25:56.79 for 5K and 11:30.55 for 2K steeple.) She also was fifth in the […]

May 17, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

W80 Christa Bortignon closing in on Irene Obera WRs in 100, 200

Christa Bortignon of Vancouver, British Columbia, continued her world record tear a couple weekends ago, claiming a W80 triple jump WR at the Dylan Armstrong meet in Kamloops. (See results here.) She spanned a legal 7.16 (23-6), destroying the listed WR of 6.55 (21-6) by Sweden’s Elsa Enarsson in 2010. But she’s still short of […]

May 16, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Roald Bradstock as Babe Ruth — calling his M55 world record stick

Zak Vince taped Roald Bradstock’s M55 WR in the javelin, which shows him saying: “Six-six 12 — world record right here” — where the listed WR is 66.11. (Babe Ruth didn’t throw javelin, but legend has it he also called his shot.) The video also depicts the official calling out all three throwers’ names, the […]

May 15, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

M45 Anthony Whiteman wipes out own WR, screams 800 in 1:51.3!

What a loser. The 10th-place finisher in the B heat of the British Milers Club meet Saturday at Solihull had an 800 PR of 1:45.81 but managed to run only 1:51.3. His club, Shaftesbury Barnet, must be hanging its head in shame. But wait! What’s that? The runner is 45 years old? Oops, never mind. […]

May 14, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Olympian Roald Bradstock adds M55 WR in javelin to his M50 mark

Two-time British Olympian and never-quit thrower Roald Bradstock is the listed holder of the M50 world record in the javelin at 76.16 meters (249-10). He threw that mark in 2012 at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. Well guess what? He’s baaaccck. Saturday at the NTC, he chucked the 700-gram stick 66.76 (219-0) to […]

May 13, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment