Canadian miler Helly Visser adds to legend with W80 1500 WR

Christa Bortignon, as Canadian masters records coordinator, reports that Helena “Helly” Visser over the weekend broke the 1500 world indoor record with a time of 7:48.23 at the Golden Bear Open T&F Meet in Edmonton, Alberta. “Just missed the world record in the 3000m of 16:04.94 by 19 second with a time of 16:23.93, a Canadian record,” Christa adds. Helly turned 80 Jan. 9 so she didn’t wait long to attack age group’s records. Her mark, set at the Universiade Pavilion (aka the Butterdome), beats the record of 7:52.11 set by Germany’s Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel in 2013. Helly ran for a video in 2011. Except for her white hair, she looks 35! She won W75 gold in the 800 and 1500 at Sacramento worlds. She also hold WR in W70 4×800.

Helly, handing off at 2011 worlds, has been competing since the 1980s.

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January 23, 2014

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  1. Mary Harada - January 24, 2014

    Bravo Helly: congratulations, great to see you doing so well.

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