M45 Anthony Whiteman wipes out own WR, screams 800 in 1:51.3!

Anthony deserves a rest this week.

What a loser. The 10th-place finisher in the B heat of the British Milers Club meet Saturday at Solihull had an 800 PR of 1:45.81 but managed to run only 1:51.3. His club, Shaftesbury Barnet, must be hanging its head in shame. But wait! What’s that? The runner is 45 years old? Oops, never mind. Just another world age-group record for sub-4 masters miler Anthony Whiteman, who lowered his own pending M45 WR of 1:53.40 from a week earlier. (See results here.) That mark in turn bettered the 12-year-old listed WR of 1:54.18 by American Sal Allah. So yowza, y’all! Anthony’s mark ranks among the best in masters track. On the Age-Graded Tables, his mark is equivalent to a stupendous 1:41.07. David Rudisha’s real WR is 1:40.91. Anthony’s 1:51.3 would have been an elite WR as recently as 1928.

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May 14, 2017

10 Responses

  1. Matt B. - May 15, 2017

    Amazed. His first lap alone in 54.3 would have been quite an accomplishment for a M45 runner.

  2. Matt B. - May 15, 2017

    If the AG calculator used 1:40.91 instead of 1:41.11 (Kipketer) then a 1:51.12 would be 100%. Factor used is .9081.
    I was curious how this compared to the 400.
    M45 400 factor – .9023. Using the current 400 WR it would equal 47.69
    For Allen Woodard M48 it would be 48.67- 100%
    In a few years the M50 WRs are going to be where many of the M45 records use to be.

  3. Peter L. Taylor - May 15, 2017

    Too bad that Anthony was given only a hand time (1:51.3). That, of course, could wreak havoc with the ratification process. Were there 3 stopwatches timing Mr. Whiteman?

  4. Matt B. - May 16, 2017

    The clock stops at 1:51.57 in the video as he crosses the line.
    Hand timing is usually a bit slower. I suspect it really doesn’t matter. He will lower the record over the next couple of months.

  5. Peter L. Taylor - May 16, 2017

    Thanks, Matt. I agree he will lower the record again.

  6. Terry Ballou - May 16, 2017

    Outstanding!! Congrats!

  7. David E. Ortman (M64), Seattle, WA - May 17, 2017

    Yes, very odd that of seven 800m men’s heats, only Anthony’s heat is given in tenths, while the remaining heat result go to hundreds. Another cautionary tale against proclaiming world records without checking on rails, steel tapes, winded-aided, hand timing, correct hurdle heights and all the other “hurdles” that make a “world record,” well, not a world record.

  8. Ken Stone - May 18, 2017

    In response to a tweeted question on whether 1:51.3 will be submitted for WR, Anthony writes:

  9. Brian Owen - May 18, 2017

    The 1:51.3 will not be ratified by WMA, EMA and the BMAF as all the organisations require correctly aligned electronic timing. It was in fact the only race of the evening where the automatic timing failed.

    I have spoken to Tony, whose 1:53.40 has been accepted as a British Record, but he wishes to improve on this time before submitting paperwork to claim European and World records. Which will happen this season.

    BMAF Records Coordinator

  10. Matt B. - May 22, 2017

    1:50.52 5/21/2017


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