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Happy M75 birthday to Olympian Ed Burke, happy hammer warrior

Hall of Famer Edward Andrew Burke, unlike other Olympic legends, never quit. Besides breaking throws records almost every year, he inspires and mentors other weightfolk, encouraging them by word and example. Today is his 75th birthday. Say buh-bye to a bunch of WRs. But when I contacted Ed a few days ago, he was nonchalant: […]

March 4, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Dave Albo’s art: Great images of Mid-America USATF Indoor meet

Dave Albo has posted sensational shots from Sunday’s Mid-America USATF Indoor Championships at the Air Force Academy, including the one below of Kathy Bergen en route to the first sub-10 60 in W75 history. See his gallery here. Results will be posted soon, probably on this page. Use the slide show function in full screen […]

March 3, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Kathy Bergen clears 4 feet at 75, becomes oldest to go sub-10 in 60

Hall of Famer Kathy Bergen turned 75 in late December and traveled with hubby Bert from SoCal to Colorado for Sunday’s Mid-America USATF Masters Indoor Championships at the Air Force Academy. Mission accomplished. She set two world indoor records — in the 60 and high jump — and is poised for a WR in the […]

March 2, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  16 Comments

Anselm LeBourne puts M55 indoor 1500 WR outtasight forever

Fred Profeta, upon learning that Anselm LeBourne had lowered his own M55 world indoor 1500 record by 6 seconds Sunday, posted on Anselm’s Facebook page: “Are you actually Benjamin Button?” No, he’s better. When Anselm gets younger, he keeps his good looks. As USATF reported, Anselm clocked 4:13.77 in the masters exhibition at Boston open […]

March 1, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  10 Comments

IAAF Masters Commission meets in Monaco; show us the money

America’s Sandy Pashkin and other poobahs of World Masters Athletics went to Monaco a couple weeks ago as part of the annual meeting of the IAAF Masters Commission (which replaced the IAAF Masters Committee last year). IAAF reports: “The Commission’s discussion focused on four main themes: the merger of IAAF member federations and WMA affiliates […]

February 28, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

IAAF seeking Lyon volunteers on behalf of World Masters Athletics

So now we know what the IAAF is good for — acting as a volunteers-wanted bulletin board. This week the Big Enchilada of world track posted an item headlined: VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 2015 WORLD MASTERS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LYON, FRANCE. (Hey! Tone it down, fellas! Yelling is so 1990s.) We learn: “The local organising committee […]

February 27, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  No Comments

Amy Acuff app aims to take you higher with iPhone or iPad help

Amy Acuff doesn’t turn 40 until July, but she’s still the Bernard Lagat of American high jumping. On Sunday, she’ll compete in the USATF open indoor nationals. If she medals, she’ll be asked how she did it. She’ll likely mention her free sports video analysis app called iAnalyze. Amy shared info on the app, which […]

February 26, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  3 Comments

World records in 1500 could fall in M45 and M55 at open nationals

Masters exhibition events at USATF open nationals are generally ho-hum affairs. Yes, races are exciting for a few moments. But they have no legs in historical terms. That could change this year. Middle-distance stars John Trautmann and Anselm LeBourne will be gunning for M45 and M55 records at Boston nationals Sunday, both in the 1500. […]

February 25, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  7 Comments

Slovenian sensation adds M65 high jump indoor world record

One way of measuring a mark is how it rates on the “absolute records” scale. In terms of the high jump, that means nobody older has leaped higher. So now we have another entry: Slovenia’s Dusan Prezelj cleared 1.68 meters (5-6) over the weekend at the Balkan Veterans Indoor Championships in Istanbul. Not bad for […]

February 24, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  5 Comments

Mike Powell plans professional comeback, not masters track debut

Mike Powell tells me his trip to New Zealand is twofold — get a masters record and make some money. In a Times of San Diego story, I share details of a 50-minute chat I had with Mr. 29-4 1/2 (aka Mr. 8.95WR). Among other things, he says: “I can’t jump for free. There’s value […]

February 23, 2015   Posted in: Uncategorized  6 Comments