Ed Whitlock is Beamonesque at Canada masters nationals: 2 WRs

Ed in 3000 at Canadian nationals.

Ed in 3000 at Canadian nationals.

Redefining our notions of running limits, M85 Ed Whitlock has crashed more barriers. Over the weekend, Ed added two world indoor records to his quiver — in the 1500 and 3000. Competing at Canadian masters nationals at the Toronto Track & Field Centre, Ed, who turned 85 a few weeks ago, shattered the 15 WR by going sub-7: 6:38.87, equivalent to an open mark of 3:24.27. The listed indoor WR is 7:18.32 by Sweden’s Holger Joseffson in 2004, and the listed outdoor record is 6:51.32. Ed lowered the listed 3K WR of 15:46.41 by American Hugh Campbell by clocking 13:41.96 — breaking the 15- and 14-minute barriers at once. (The listed outdoor WR is 14:13.4.) Ed’s mark is worth 7:33.32 on the Age-Graded Tables. (The IAAF indoor WR is 7:24.90.) Nationals records fell like flies, too. See complete results. And for fun, Ed dropped down to help an M70 team win the 4×400 relay in 6:02.70. Anybody get the marathon man’s split? For photos, see links on this page.

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March 21, 2016

4 Responses

  1. Matt B. - March 21, 2016

    Amazing stuff.
    Outdoor 1500 WR 6:37.75
    Francisco do Carmo Oliveira
    85 WMA: # 6:37.75 10/26/2013 Francisco do Carmo Oliveira
    Name Age Team Finals
    1 Oliveira, Francisco do C M86 Brazil 6:37.75#
    2 Canelo, Jose M89 Portugal 8:30.30
    3 Maedo, Seijun M85 Brazil 9:21.98
    — Torres Rosa, Luis M85 Puerto Rico DNF

  2. Matt B. - March 21, 2016

    Oh, I see:

  3. Ken Stone - March 22, 2016

    Yup, you can’t tell the M85 frauds without a program. Glad that Ed is legit. Makes his records easier to cover.

  4. Matt B. - March 22, 2016

    Who is the oldest to break a 7 minute mile? David Carr maybe.
    His 6:28 1500 last year at 83 was impressive and probably already eyeing Ed’s 1500 record for next year.

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