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WR+WR+WR+WR+WR = Credibility for Bateman book on running

Aussie runner Keith Bateman told me in 2010 that his short-term M55 goals were “world records for 1500, mile, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000! Ambitious or what! :-)” Well, yeah. But he did it! In coming months, he set WRs in all five races. (See times below.) Now he’s come out with a book that aims […]

December 15, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

Bateman demolishes M55 world record for outdoor 5000 meters

Keith Bateman’s world record tour continues unabated down under. On Wednesday, Keith ran 5000 meters in a hand-timed 15:29.7 at an Athletics New South Wales “permit meet” at Blacktown Olympic Park in Sydney, reports Simon Butler-White, who says results of the meet should be online soon. The listed M55 WR is 15:37.0 by Britain’s Michael […]

January 7, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  22 Comments

Keith Bateman’s book bonus: videos on how to run, fix knees

Aussie supermaster Keith Bateman and co-author Heidi Jones have begun posting video extras to their new book “Older Yet Faster.” Here’s Heidi with a knee exercise. Below is how Keith begins teaching his running technique — kind of like starting floppers out with a scissors. But I thought running was supposed to be a natural […]

December 26, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Bateman smashes M55 world record in 3K at Sydney stadium

Simon Butler-White writes from Down Under: “I’m pleased to report that Keith Bateman broke the WR at the New South Wales 3000m championships at Sydney Olympic Park on November 13. Competing in the ‘C’ race (athletes were seeded based on best times), he clocked 8:56.80. The race was filmed and can be viewed on YouTube. […]

November 16, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Keith Bateman makes it a sweep! WRs from mile through 10,000

Last August, Aussie Keith Bateman called his shot. He came to the plate and pointed toward five world records in the M55 distances—1500, mile, 3000, 5000 and 10K. Nonsense, huh? Look again, sports fans. He made it 4-for-5 Saturday by lowering the outdoor record for 10,000 to an incredible 31:51.86— better than a half-minute faster […]

March 27, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Keith Bateman’s goals: WR’s at every distance from 1500 to 10K

M55 supermiler Keith Bateman of Australia says he probably won’t enter Sacramento worlds next year. Not because of potential 1500 rival Rich Burns. “(I) would love to meet and race Rich,” Keith says. But the 2011 meet poses a problem: “Too expensive for me at the moment.” In any case, Keith graciously replied to my […]

August 9, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Keith Bateman turns 60, turns eyes on basketful of world bests

Shortly after Australia’s Keith Batemen turned 55, he announced his goals — five world age-group records. He delivered with WRs in the 1500 (4:12.35), mile (4:35.04), 3000 (8:56.80), 5000 (15:29.7) and 10,000 (31:51.86). Today (June 29) Keith turned 60, and in the run-up to aging up, he posted (on Facebook) his latest goals. Five more […]

June 29, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Aussie Bateman scorches Burns’ WR in M55 mile, clocks 4:35.04

Who said it was indoor season? Not Keith Bateman. The Aussie superstar yesterday ran a mile outdoors in 4:35.04, taking nearly 2 seconds off Rich Burns’ 6-month-old M55 world record of 4:36.94. Rich had lowered a record that had lasted 33 years. Now this. No word short of awesome suffices. From Down Under, Simon Butler-White […]

December 19, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Keith Bateman runs M55 Aussie records for 3,000 meters and 1500

Simon Butler-White writes from Down Under: “I thought I’d pass on the early season progress of Keith Bateman, Rich Burns’ friendly long-distance rival. Keith broke the 34-year-old Australian 3000-meter record (John Gilmour, 9:20) on October 16 at Sydney’s Narrabeen track, running 9:14.27, and yesterday (October 23) broke the 29-year-old Australian 1500-meter record (Jack Ryan, 4:17.6) […]

October 24, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

Rich Burns on mile rival Bateman: I hope he can get all WRs

Rich Burns says he knew his crossworld distance friend and rival Keith Bateman was going for his M55 world mile record. They exchange notes. “He was good enough to e-mail me from the track that he had run around 34/35 ( hadn’t had the official time at that point),” says Rich of Keith’s WR 4:35.04 […]

December 20, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Neni Lewis WR in W50 weight throw among many Sac highlights

Who’s the athlete of the meet at Sacramento worlds? The answer might not come until WMA picks its IAAF Best Masters (male and female) in three or four months. Could it be Canada’s Ed Whitlock for his 10K, 5K and 1500 star turns (the latest being a world record 5:48.93 in the 1500 Friday morning)? […]

July 15, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  19 Comments

Aussie hot on the heels of Rich Burns and his M55 mile WR

Rich Burns is a runner who comes around once in a generation. Or maybe not. When Rich ran his 4:36.94 mile in June, he crushed a 33-year-old world record for M55. Good for another 33 years? Try six months. On July 31, about six weeks after Rich did a number on the WR, Sydney’s Keith […]

August 7, 2010   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Treacher sets M65 record; indoor world entries listed

Anthony Treacher, the banned-in-2006 Briton, jumped in the Swedish masters indoor nationals last Saturday and broke the listed UK M65 indoor record in the long jump. His mark of 4.79 (15-8 1/2) pipped Tony Bateman’s 4.77, set in February 2003 in Glasgow, Scotland. Tony was a world champion at the 2003 Puerto Rico WMA meet. […]

February 15, 2008   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Anselm LeBourne opens outdoor record onslaught with 1500 AR

Competing against collegians, Anselm LeBourne on Monday crushed the American record in the M55 1500 meters in his first outdoor race this season, clocking 4:12.54 — and just missing Aussie Keith Bateman’s listed world record of 4:12.35. The race was at a Swarthmore College “last chance” meet in Pennsylvania, and video has been posted on […]

May 11, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments

Anselm LeBourne, 55, pops mind-blowing 4:34.79 mile at Armory

At the start of the season, the listed M55 indoor world record in the mile was Nolan Shaheed’s 4:42.89 from 2006. Tuesday night at the Armory track in Manhattan, Anselm LeBourne lowered his own mile WR to 4:34.79 — worth 3:50.7 on the Age-Graded Tables. (See results and splits here.) The Hall of Famer, in […]

March 11, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

How do you grade the local organizers of Sacramento worlds?

Foreign athletes, used to more convenient public transit, were critical of the Sacramento shuttle system, and some were upset over the absence of showers at the stadia, according to a Sacramento Bee story and my own chats with entrants at worlds. With rare exceptions, athletes found the officiating and meet experience excellent and humane. (A […]

July 17, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  43 Comments

Anselm LeBourne eyes outdoor WRs in 8, 15, mile and maybe 3K

Only hours after claiming his fifth world record of the season Tuesday, M55 Anselm LeBourne was pounding out responses to my quickie Q&A. As if he didn’t have enough to do. (But thanks for the gracious reply, champ.) As you might expect, he’s not done with record attempts. The Hall of Famer says he’ll target […]

March 12, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Place your bets: List contains IAAF World Masters Athletes of Year

A friend called me the other day, asking: How do they pick the IAAF World Masters Athletes of the Year? You know, the male and female supergeezers who get free tickets to the IAAF Gala in Monaco every November. My answer: Officially, the process involves every WMA region nominating a pair of athletes (with help […]

August 9, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  31 Comments

Antwon Dussett’s stunning debut at worlds: 47.34 in 400 meters

Antwon Dussett has been running marvelous as a submaster for years, but his debut as an M35 in the World Masters Athletics Championships today in Sacramento was still a stunner: 47.34 seconds in the 400 final. (That’s a second off the listed American record of 46.38 by James King way back in 1984.) In the […]

July 16, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments

Pete Magill credits Cal Coast teammates on, off track for 5K AR

Pete Magill is the Bill Collins of distance comebacks. Let me explain. With his M55 American record Friday in the track 5K, Pete pulled off a 15:42.13 in the wake of fighting injuries from age 53 1/2 to 54 1/2, when “I wasn’t sure I’d ever come back strong,” he says. In Bill’s case, his […]

March 14, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments