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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  No Comments

Rod Milburn will not be forgotten — thanks to hurdling’s Boswell

If Rod Milburn were alive, he might be training for 2015 Lyon worlds — ready to smoke the field in the M65 short hurdles. But in a tragedy to world sport and masters track, Rod died at 47 in a workplace accident. To those of my generation, Hot Rod was Hurdling’s God. He held the […]

October 20, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  4 Comments

Root against Eugene? TrackTown bid for 2019 IAAF worlds pivotal

Contrary to an August report in Athletics Weekly, WMA doesn’t have four bids in hand for the 2018 World Masters Athletics Outdoor Championships. That’s the word from my WMA source. In other words, we don’t know if Barcelona, Spain; Cardiff, Wales; Gothenburg, Sweden; and Toronto, Canada are in the running. My source says: “WMA … […]

October 19, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Brazilian medalist banned for life as age-cheater, WMA confirms

Francisco do Carmo Oliveira of Brazil, who won five medals in Porto Alegre worlds after lying about his age, has been banned for life, my source inside World Masters Athletics confirms. “This is a matter that is still ongoing, so until WMA [has] a final adjudication I will not give any official comment,” my council […]

October 18, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Brazen Brazilian, 76, won three M85 golds at Porto Alegre worlds

For at least five seasons leading up to Porto Alegre worlds, Francisco do Carmo Oliveira of Brazil competed with a claimed date of birth of June 8, 1927. That meant he was M85 at his home country’s 2013 world meet. But in a comment posted Friday, Italian statmeister Luigi Fasolato reported that Francisco was a […]

October 17, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

W50 javelin champion branded as a ‘witch’ in India, flees attack

India’s news media are going crazy over a crime report involving a W50 national champion javelin thrower who was attacked as a “witch.” The gold medalist in question is Debajani Bora. She appears to be OK, but the news (if true, since Indian press accounts can be flaky) is startling. The best report says: “Bora […]

October 17, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Porto Alegre results booklet is out soon — only a year late

WMA Prez Stan Perkins didn’t mask his pique. He’s PO’d that the Porto Alegre results booklet won’t be available till Halloween Eve.That’s scary late, since the meet ended Oct. 27, 2013. In a WMA post, he writes: “Finally we are able to announce that the Results Booklet from the 2013 WMA Stadia Championships held in […]

October 16, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  2 Comments

Quirky column salutes Charles Allie a year after IAAF honors

In a strangely written column, we learn that M65 sprint superstar Charles Allie was celebrated recently at a party drawing hundreds. “Over 300 people turned out to celebrate this champion. Wait, correction . . . 275 people came for him and 25 people slipped in for the free food and booze. I am just saying,” […]

October 15, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

WMA hoping for U.S. bid for worlds? Deadline delayed to Dec. 20

Even though WMA has a reported four bids in hand, Secretary Winston Thomas has announced that the deadline for submitting bids to host 2018 outdoor worlds is now Dec. 20, 2014, pushed back from Sept. 1. That would give USATF a chance to discuss a bid at its annual meeting in early December. Winston writes: […]

October 14, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Mensey’s trifecta: hammer, weight, superweight records in 1 day

Our 2013 USATF Masters Athlete of the Year Myrle Mensey continues to hammer the W65 records. Throwing Sept. 28 at Gary Cooper’s homegrown center in Troy, Missouri, she beat the listed WR in the 12-pound weight throw with a heave of 16.81 meters (55-1 3/4). Previous WR was 16.77 (55-0) by Holland’s Annie van Anholt […]

October 13, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments