Archive for August, 2017

M45 Kevin Castille’s busy weekend nets USATF Athlete of the Week

M45 distance phenom Kevin Castille didn’t stop with his 14:11.09 track 5K WR in Nashville in June. USATF named him its Athlete of the Week on Wednesday after his 4:24 out-and-back road mile Friday in Michigan and a 49:03 10-miler Saturday also in Flint. Age-group records were set in both, USATF says. We hope he […]

August 30, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Mexican thrower tosses Sandy Pashkin as president of NCCWMA

The day before Guillermo Guzmán Magaña of Mexico City won the M50 hammer at Toronto WMA regionals in mid-August, he won a runoff race against Sandy Pashkin of Oregon. He replaced her as president of the North and Central America and Caribbean Region of World Masters Athletics. Sandy had been prez since 2012, when she […]

August 28, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Ex-WR flopper Carlo Thrânhardt clears 5-7 after heart surgery at 60

West German Olympian Carlo Thrânhardt was a beast indoors, clearing a world-record 2.42 (7-11¼) in 1988. He’s still a beast. Seven weeks after turning 60, he jumped 1.70 (5-7) in Eberstadt. He passed two heights and then went straight for a WR-equalling 1.81 (5-11 1/4). He failed in three tries, but wow, what gumption. I’m […]

August 27, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Texas masters, stay safe and report how you are faring amid Harvey

NBC reports that the eye of Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast late Friday, and the Category 4 storm could cause “catastrophic flooding.” My thoughts are with all our masters friends, including Houston Elites led by Bill Collins and throwers such as Carol Finsrud. I hope y’all aren’t affected by the monster rains. […]

August 25, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

BBC documentary features 4 M90s competing at 2016 Perth worlds

A British site called Radio Times reports a “one-off” documentary focusing on four M90s at Perth worlds. It aired Thursday. We learn: “So unusual is the sight of grey hair in elite athletics that after Van Niekerk’s win, when (74-year-old coach) Botha ran to congratulate him, she was blocked by officials who didn’t believe she […]

August 24, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Aussie David Carr crushes M85 WR in mile with crazy fast 7:16.7

Down Under, athletes are running in conditions akin to late February Up Over. So behold what old David Carr did last week. His western Australian club reports: “With great conditions at Ern Clark Athletics Centre on Thursday night, David Carr set a pending new world record for the M85 mile with the fantastic time of […]

August 23, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

IAAF Worlds champ Spotakova won gold at 36, lovin’ London

What motivates you to stay in the game? For Czech star Barbora Spotakova, the double Olympic javelin champion, it’s throwing in a favorite stadium. At IAAF worlds, the 36-year-old was lovin’ it. London, that is. “The possibility of competing at this stadium once more motivated me to continue my career after the Rio Olympics,” she […]

August 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

African WMA regionals set this weekend for Abidjan, Ivory Coast

A Nigerian news outlet notes the forthcoming 2017 African Masters [Athletics] Championships Aug. 25-27 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire [Ivory Coast]. Thirty Nigerian athletes will compete in the WMA regional meet, “Solomon Aliyu is the team coach, Abubakar Aliyu will be the team manager and Uruemu Adu is the head of delegation,” we learn. The African […]

August 21, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

M45 British sprinter organizing international masters meets in 2018

You may have heard about the kiddie-class USA-Britain dual meet planned for July 21, 2018, at London Stadium. USATF will pay for entrants and travel. “USATF is thrilled to collaborate and innovate with British Athletes on ‘The Meet,’” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “Team competition captures the attention of fans in a way that brings […]

August 20, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Anthony Whiteman runs MONSTER sub-1:50 for M45 WR over 800

Five years ago, I was crazy impressed with a mark by Olympian Anthony Whiteman, headlining a post: “Incredible M40 WR: Tony Whiteman breaks 1:50 barrier in 800.” So now what do we do? At a British Milers Club event Saturday in Stratford, Tony torched his own recent WRs to clock a sub-1:50 at age 45. […]

August 19, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments