M40 Kim Collins cuts 60 WR; W50 Lisa Mikkelsen cracks 400 AR

Lisa, shown in 2013, is a CrossFit champ as well.

No shock here. In his first indoor season as an M40, Kim Collins lowered the world record at 60 meters. Just for fun, he did it twice Wednesday — with a heat of 6.58 and final of 6.56 at a German meet to destroy the listed WR of 6.78 by Holland’s Troy Douglas in 2003. Yowza. Kim’s better time is worth 6.24 on the Age-Graded Tables. (The real WR is Mo Greene’s legendary 6.39.) Sunday in Rhode Island, Lisa Mikkelsen of Holliston, Massachusetts, clocked 62.24 in the 400 to break Jackie Board’s W50 listed American indoor record of 62.82. Lisa’s time in Providence was on a flat track at the USATF-NE & East Region Masters Championships. Lisa could go faster still this year — on a banked track, for example. Kim turns 41 in two months, but still has legs.

Results of Kim’s 60s:

3 Everton CLARKE JAM JAM 6.60 q
4 Yunier PÉREZ CUB CUB 6.63 q
5 Hassan TAFTIAN IRI IRI 6.64 q
6 Robin EREWA GER GER 6.69 q
7 Maurice HUKE GER GER 6.82

1 Yunier PÉREZ CUB CUB 6.56
3 Everton CLARKE JAM JAM 6.57
5 James DASAOLU GBR GBR 6.63
6 Joseph MORRIS USA USA 6.70
7 Hassan TAFTIAN IRI IRI 6.70
8 Robin EREWA GER GER 6.74

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February 1, 2017

12 Responses

  1. Matt B. - February 1, 2017

    Amazing speed!

  2. ventsi - February 2, 2017

    It is so inspiring to see athletes like Kim for whom age does not matter. It seems that sprinting is in all his genes, in every cell of his body, and even age can’t change that.
    Video from the final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpTHDZNChCQ .
    His WRs on 60m and 100m in M40 will hardly ever be improved.

  3. Joseph Burleson - February 2, 2017

    Lisa’s cross-fit training certainly contributes to her success in the 400. If an athlete who does cross-fit exclusively/professionally wished to make sprinting/middle-distance running their exclusive sport, they would certainly modify many elements of their workout, the main one being a reduction of muscle mass in (some) of the upper body muscles. But I would guess that if sprinters who do NOT do weights and/or strength exercises would do even SOME of the CF routine, they might well improve their times (and certainly their starts!)

  4. Michael D Walker - February 2, 2017

    Joseph is on the money in his comments about crossfit. It is way for adults who want to get into shape quickly but in my experience, the workouts are not suitable for the sprints and jumps other than for a couple of weeks in the fall. They seem to rely on strength endurance work rather than speed/power and to me there is a lot of potential for injuries in their programs.

  5. Patrick Toland - February 2, 2017

    I feel like I have to comment since you guys mentioned crossfit 🙂 I am a thrower, and two years ago I was tired of just being a strong fat old guy who could incline 315 and deadlift 450 with ease, but could not do a small box jump, run a 100 yard dash or do a single pullup (weighed 310 lbs)… I changed up my workout from the tradition “football lifting” to a crossfit program I purchased online.. I modified it a small bit, but the results after three months were pretty awesome for me, as I broke the M45 American Record at the time in the Ultraweight Pentathlon, and hit PR’s in all my events… FYI, that’s throwing a 35, 56, 98, 200 and 300 pound weight for distance. The one thing I experienced was an awesome increase in speed and power… My vertical jump really exploded and all my fast twitch fibers seemed to come alive after 25 years of being buried by big macs and whoppers… Anyway, Just wanted to share that as a thrower, a modified cross fit program did wonders for me.

  6. Michael D Walker - February 3, 2017

    Patrick, That is fantastic! As I commented on in my remarks [#4], crossfit seems to be very useful for adults who want to get in shape. I long jump and coach jumpers, hurdlers and multi event athletes and our experience with athletes who did crossfit was that they lost speed and quickness and their performances suffered but please keep in mind they were already in good shape and were above average performers in their events.

  7. Mike Sullivan - February 4, 2017

    Great performance Lisa,

    Crushed american record by over half second !!


  8. EM - February 6, 2017

    “Kim’s better time is worth 6.24 on the Age-Graded Tables”

    Age-Graded Tables – Another demonstration of how this arbitrary and flawed formula is really meaningless.

  9. ventsi - February 6, 2017

    Kim Collins improved his record. He ran 60 for 6.52 on Saturday in Mondeville (France).

  10. Matt B. - February 6, 2017


    EM- probably factors are off. AG works for the individual to compare their own performances over the years. WR’s not so much. As more pros compete past 40 these factors will adjust I’m sure.
    Kim Collins was running 6.53 in 2000 about age 23-24. Surely his 6.52 is superior. How to properly age grade that to the current WR? Not sure, probably equal to it though in my eyes and many others – on an “impressiveness” scale anyway.

  11. Michael D Walker - February 6, 2017

    That Kim Collins is faster now than in 2000 is fantastic! My impressions and I may be wrong is that the age graded factors are based on actual performances/open world records and someone like Collins just changes everything.

  12. Darren Scott - February 7, 2017

    what we all should remember Kim Collis is a Professional Athlete and is doing some amazing times but 99% of Master Athletes have a full time job to train around , and just shows you don’t have to retire so early in there athletic career .

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