Beijing IAAF worlds to contest masters men’s 800, women’s 400

Jai Black could make 400 field.

As previously noted, the 2015 IAAF World Championships will include masters exhibition events. The meet is in late August in Beijing — at the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium from 2008. But the masters events being contested were secret until now. In Anaheim this week, Sandy Pashkin announced that a men’s 800 and women’s 400 will be on the China sked — for ages 50 and over. Qualifying standards haven’t been told, and I’m not sure how athletes will be chosen. But I get the impression that travel and some lodging expenses will be paid. If American athletes are involved, USATF’s national team might handle arrangements. In any case, let men on the 800 list and women on the 400 list know that they might be eligible for a trip to Beijing. I’ll contact World Masters Athletics for nitty gritty on how to apply for these events, which take place a couple weeks after Lyon worlds.

Gary Snyder and Irene Obera (right) were honored at USATF breakfast Thursday. Awards Committee chair Mary Trotto joined the masters winners.

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December 4, 2014

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  1. Simone Geel - December 11, 2014


    I am a contestant of the 400m W50 outdoor and indoor World Series. At this moment, i am #1 in the World Masters Athletics Rankings. I just read your artikel, in which you imply you will contact the World Series Organization to be informed about how to apply for this event. Do you already have more information about the selection of contestants, or do you know where I can find more information about applying for this event? I would love to join these championships.


    Simone Geel-Herlaar
    The Netherlands

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