Archive for September, 2017

China bars W100 Indian sprinter Man Kaur from AMA champs

Looks like China didn’t want its centenarians overshadowed by India’s centenarian. That’s my take on the latest politics-infects-sports story: “The last four months have seen 101-year-old Chandigarh athlete Man Kaur shift base to Punjabi University, Patiala, along with her 79-year-old son Gurdev Singh, to train for the Asian Masters Athletics Championships to be held in […]

September 25, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

President of Southern California Striders backs Trump on ‘SOBs’

Joe Ruggless, a national-class M60 sprinter, is president of the Southern California Striders, a diverse club of champion masters athletes. Over the weekend, Joe posted [and apparently deleted] a 685-word defense of Donald Trump’s condemnation of NFL players who “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem. The president said at an Alabama […]

September 25, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  16 Comments

3 centenarians expected at Asian Masters Athletics Championships

Africa, Europe and NCCWMA (us) have held WMA regional meets this year. Now it’s Asia’s turn. For the next five days, “more than 1,900 masters athletes from 20 countries and regions will gather in Rugao [China] to display their skills to the full” at the Asian Masters Athletics Championships, says an LOC press release. “Therein, […]

September 23, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Puerto Rico catastrophe sparks memories of 1983, 2003 worlds

Hurricane Maria, destroying power to Puerto Rico for months, is a catastrophe for the island. It brings to mind the fifth and 15th World Masters Athletics Championships — held in San Juan and Carolina in 1983 and 2003. Forty world records were set in the first visit and 27 the second. Al Sheahen’s account of […]

September 22, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

W50 Geraldine Finnegan claims tetradecathlon (14 events) WR

After claiming six individual medals at Daegu worlds and a handful more at the Auckland World Masters Games, W50 multi-eventer Geraldine Finnegan of Ireland was still hungry for more. How hungry? Try competing in 14 events over two days. Her local paper reports that she won her age group at a Belgian tetradecathlon, and set […]

September 21, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Hold medal ceremonies at masters nationals? Most efficient way?

World-class W45 sprinter Emma McGowan posed a question on the USATF Masters Facebook page that deserves attention: “Who thinks it would be a great idea to have a podium ceremony at all indoor and outdoor Masters Championships? Great suggestion or not?” My reaction: “Many meets schedule awards ceremonies near the track, but not stopping competition. […]

September 20, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  13 Comments

Sprinters, throwers shine at the 30th San Diego Senior Games

The San Diego Senior Games celebrated its 30th anniversary track meet Sunday at San Diego Mesa College, and Jim Waters graciously shared results, below. (I missed taking pictures, having gone to bed at 2 a.m. helping photojournalist wife prepare photo gallery of the local ritzy music festival.) Was impressed by the sub-30 200 by former […]

September 17, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

M45 starter gets credit for first sub-10 100-meter Japanese dash

On Sept. 9, Yoshihide Kiryu became the first Japanese sprinter to go sub-10 in the 100-meter dash. He’s 21, but that’s not the story. Yoshi’s 9.98 had an aiding wind of 1.8 mps — just under the legal limit of 2.0. And for that the starter is credited — an M45 masters athlete. The local […]

September 16, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Mastershistory.org moves to WordPress platform: Now easy peasie

Nearly 10 years after launch, our online museum has moved to a WordPress platform. Underwritten by the USATF Masters T&F Committee, mastershistory.org boasts results, publications, photos and other material from our half-century-old sport. The new design is appreciably the same as the old one, but its ease of management is exponentially better. That means more […]

September 15, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

M50 Tom LeGan clocks mighty 4:32.80 mile at NorCal all-comers

The latest all-comers meet at Terra Linda High School in the Northern California town of San Rafael Track was special. On Tuesday, it was the scene of a great M50 mile. The listed WR is the fabled 4:25.04 by Nolan Shaheed in 2001. Franklin “Frank” Ruona picks up the story: “A few days prior to […]

September 14, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments