Search Results dead? Huge loss to sport if reports are true

The most serious and comprehensive masters track statistical site in history has closed. Shut after seven years. That’s the word from an Eastern European friend, with access to other sources. Masters Mole 377(c)2 wrote me in late October 2013: “All masters athletes are probably extremely disappointed to learn that Martin [Gasselsberger] has given up maintaining […]

January 26, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  8 Comments

World outdoor rankings for 2011 showing up on

It ain’t perfect, but it’s all we have. Martin Gasselsberger of Austria has been adding great seasonal stats to his world rankings page. See it here. He’s even reaching down to M30 and W30 submasters. It’s out of date already, of course, since it doesn’t list Clare Look-Jaeger’s world-leading 1.62 high jump of last […]

September 23, 2011   Posted in: Uncategorized  12 Comments adds to its legend: 2007 rankings up

Martin Gasselsberger of Switzerland, the founder and webmeister of has updated his world masters rankings in time for Orono nationals and Riccione worlds. Among its many revelations: Jeff Hartwig and Pat Manson aren’t the only stud M35 vaulters around. In fact, the No. 2 M35 in the world is Bulgaria’s Ilian Efremov, who jumped […]

August 2, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment posts complete 2006 world list!

Now we’re cooking with GAS! For the first time since 2002, a world masters seasonal rankings for all events is online. Dave Clingan of Oregon was the last to pull off this incredible feat. His worthy successor is Martin Gasselsberger of Austria. Check ‘out Martin’s 2006 masters list at These rankings are eye-opening. For […]

January 18, 2007   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments greets

Today in the IAAF Lounge I discovered a European-based stats site that has the potential to advance the masters movement as much as, uh, us. It’s called and it features records and seasonal rankings not seen anywhere since, uh, us. But enough snarkiness. This page is a player, with sharp design and serious content. […]

September 10, 2006   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

Joan Benoit Samuelson eyes sub-3 marathon at 60, book reveals

I wasn’t expecting hard news in Jonathan Beverly’s new book on lifetime runners called “Run Strong, Stay Hungry: 9 Keys to Staying in the Race.” But there it is on page 108, when the former editor of Running Times notes 1984 Olympic marathon champ Joan Benoit Samuelson, “who said she has not yet formally announced […]

December 26, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Jane Horder clobbers W60 WR in 300 hurdles at least four times!

Jane Horder is a BEAST! While scanning results from the recent British masters nationals in Birmingham, I came across a stunning result — Jane’s 51.25 for 300-meter hurdles in W60, which would have easily won silver in the M60 event. And it beats the listed world record of 51.64 by Aussie Marge Alison at 2005 […]

July 2, 2017   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Germany’s Norbert Demmel ups M50 WR in throws pentathlon

Our German blogger friend Alfred Hermes reports a sensational WR in the M50 throws pentathlon. According to these results, countryman Norbert Demmel scored 4,696 about 10 days ago to beat the listed WR of 4,590 by Britain’s Stephen Whyte in 2014. Norby’s marks were 6kg shot 16.18 meters (53-1), 6kg hammer 52.51 (172-3 1/4), 1.5kg […]

May 24, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  9 Comments

Jim McNamara dies at 77; Irish Olympian, masters distance star

Irish media Thursday reported the death of Jim McNamara, a 1976 Olympian for Ireland (39th in the marathon) who in the 1980s and 1990s became a masters record-holder and world champion. “He went on to win world and European titles at masters level, including setting a 10,000 world record in the M50 class in 1989,” […]

March 10, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

Sean Wade makes it a WR trifecta, adding M50 1500 to 2 others

All-Universe Sean Wade, again riding his M50 superfitness, claimed a world record for the indoor 1500 Sunday at the Boston University Last Chance Meet. (See results here.) Running with collegians, Sean was fourth in his mile heat in 4:26.53. But someone graciously arranged to get his 1500 time, which was 4:07.01. That shatters the listed […]

February 28, 2016   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments