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Another record: Kathy Martin repeats at USATF Athlete of the Week

This is rare. W60 distance star Kathy Martin has been named USATF Athlete of the Week — for the second time in three months. This just adds to her legend. And not a second too soon. I spoke at length recently to a New York Times sportswriter who is preparing a story about Kathy. I’m […]

December 24, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Kathy Martin on a records rampage; 3000 AR reported

Kathyrn Martin’s time for the indoor mile Jan. 11 has now been posted. According to the New York Road Runners site: “Kathy Martin’s world record in the mile (was) the highlight (of the Armory all-comers meet).” But no sooner we learn of the 5:26.0 hand-time mark that we hear she set another W55 indoor best […]

January 26, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Kathy Martin crushes W60 world indoor record for 1500 meters

Thursday Night at the Races at the Armory in New York yielded a stunning time this week: a 5:12.2 world record for W60 Kathy Martin in the indoor 1500, chopping 10 seconds off the listed WR of 5:22.50 by Britain’s Pat Gallagher in 2006. When I heard about this, I wrote Kathy. She replied from […]

February 25, 2012   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Report: Kathy Martin lowers W55 indoor mile record

From one of my masters moles: “I don’t know if anyone has let you know yet about more great performances from the amazing Kathy Martin. This was a New York Road Runners meet at the Armory in New York last night (mile, 800, and 2 mile). Kathy broke the world indoor record in the mile […]

January 12, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  Comments Closed

Kathy Martin mauls W60 world record in mile with stunning 5:42

Hall of Famer Kathy Martin, 61, has won so many honors she almost ceases to surprise. She took the 10K at Olathe nationals in an American record 41:10.57 — 33 seconds better than the listed W60 best. No sweat. But that was but a warmup for her latest shocker. At Valley Stream North High School […]

July 18, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

How Gia Lewis-Smallwood got American discus record — at 35

Never stop learning. That applies double to older athletes. Just because your sainted high school coach told you one thing, it don’t mean you still gotta obey. That’s my takeaway from a great IAAF profile of Gia Lewis-Smallwood, whose American elite record in the discus this year is probably worth submitting as a W35 American […]

October 23, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Tyke Peacock, former American record holder, reveals ’84 secret

In 1984, former KU jumper Tyke Peacock cleared 7-4 1/2 in his sweats to make the finals of the Los Angeles Olympic Trials. But the day of the final, he bombed out. Injury was claimed. The truth — told 30 years later — was Tyke feared being drug-tested and banned. In an amazing story, in […]

October 21, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Kathy Martin, Oscar Peyton marks among 9 new last-minute records

Nobody’s perfect, so it’s no surprise that Sandy Pashkin’s list of USATF masters records nominations fell short. But the official list of ratified records shows nine that escaped Sandy’s notice or nod. Among them were Kathy Martin’s W60 outdoor mile record of 5:42.65, Oscar Peyton’s M60 outdoor 200 record of 24.23 and Ty Brown’s M65 […]

December 9, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Bard Barton lowers own steeple AR, falls short of world record

Two months ago, Brad Barton of Ogden, Utah, broke a 37-year-old American record in the M45 steeple. Saturday in Seattle, he shot for the world record but fell 1.5 seconds short. In the process, however, he became the fastest steepler over 40 in U.S. history (by bettering the listed M40 record). Kathy Martin and Nadine O’Connor […]

July 21, 2013   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Gosa, Arlin Genet claim masters exhibitions at USA nationals

Duane Gosa upset world champ Robert Thomas today to win the men’s masters exhibition 400 at the USA open championships in Eugene, Oregon. Duane, about 44, went 49.92 in windy conditions on a sunny day in the low 70s. Robert, with the best seed time of 49.76, was inexplicably assigned to lane 1.  Minutes earlier, Aeron […]

June 28, 2009   Posted in: Uncategorized  31 Comments

Strong reception for Toland M45 record in ultraweight pentathlon

“I thought I felt earthquakes this weekend.” That was one of dozens of reactions Sunday on Facebook to Patrick Toland’s report that he’d set an American record in the ultraweight pentathlon at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Results weren’t immediately posted, but an image of scores shows M45 Patrick with a total […]

August 3, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Long hurdlers claim two world records at Riccione

At Riccione, Saturday was a day of rest. But today (Sunday) at least three world records fell, and some athletes executed difficult doubles. In the W50 300 hurdles, Jan Horder of Britain ran 46.19 to beat the listed WR of 47.01 by Aussie Jan Hynes in 1994. In the M85 300 hurdles, Romain Henri Maynard […]

September 9, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Legendary masters 100 record falls (at last) to Kim Collins (9.96)

Ratification is another matter, but there’s little doubt that 38-year-old Kim Collins ran 100 meters in 9.96 seconds Sunday in London. That breaks the listed M35 world record of 9.97 by British Olympic champ Linford Christie in 1995. By contrast, Chris Ricketts won the M35 century at North Carolina nationals in 11.84 (into a 1 […]

July 21, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Party time follows record-setting day at North Carolina nationals

The shuttle hurdle relay came of age Saturday. Three age-group records were set at North Carolina nationals on a day when the weather was near perfect for all events. Rain early in the day and later in the afternoon kept things cool mostly. World records were set in several events, aptly detailed by USATF intern […]

July 19, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

50 years later, Otis Burrell still hoping to leap into record books

Otis Burrell turned 70 in May, and when I met him for the first time at the Chuck McMahon meet Saturday, I was in awe. Sorry. Greats of the 1960s have that effect on me. He never made it to the Olympics, but he was often world-ranked and had a best of 2.19 (7-2 1/4) […]

July 1, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Carol Finsrud W35 discus record beaten at last (or yet again)?

Hall of Famer Carol Finsrud, now 57, has set American records in the discus in every age group she’s been in since 1992, when she was 36. She holds ARs in W35, W40, W45, W50 and W55. Quite a run. But Sunday at the USA nationals in Sacramento, 35-year-old Gia Lewis–Smallwood won a national title […]

June 30, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Jean-Luc Duez destroys M50 world decathlon record in Lyon

In 2010, Sacramento hosted nationals a year before worlds. Lyon did the same this year. French masters nationals, held last weekend at the site of 2015 worlds, drew a record 1,100 entrants, including more than 40 athletes from Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Russia and Portugal. And at least one Yank — multi-eventer Chris Bates, who […]

June 13, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Kamloops sees Kotelko add 6 notches to her world record belt

They held a little meet in Kamloops over the weekend. A little lady named Olga Kotelko showed up. The result? BOOM! SIX more world records. I don’t know if the Canadian records czar will ratify marks set at the two-day Centennial meet at Hillside Stadium. But it shows our 95-year-old friend hasn’t let fame go […]

May 22, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Oldest sprinter on record? Polish gent, 104, claims Euro record

He doesn’t look a day over 90, but Poland’s Stanisław Kowalski, reportedly born in 1910, “has become the oldest person in Europe to run a 100m race – smashing the record previously held by a 96-year-old,” says one of several reports of his run Saturday. Says a correspondent: “Kowalski’s time is less than 3 seconds […]

May 12, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Willie Gault ‘wipes the dust off’ in winning Mt. SAC 100 in record

Former Super Bowl champ Willie Gault is no hot dog — despite his recent remarks about being faster than all but 8-10 current NFL speedsters. After winning the Mt. SAC masters 100 in an event record 11.28 seconds, he simply walked off to the west stands. I managed to flag him down for a short […]

April 20, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments