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 Porto Alegre, Brazil, has been finalised and is in print. A spokesperson for the LOC, Sinara Zorzo, has indicated that the posting of the booklet should commence on 30 October, 2014. The final draft of the booklet was viewed in the past week and it includes all results and a good range of action photographs from the competitions. It has been very disappointing that the issue of the results booklet has taken so long. Apparently, financial difficulties experienced by the championship organisers prevented them from meeting this responsibility. However, additional funding has now been provided to permit this final responsibility of the LOC to be delivered.” The results have been online for months, of course. I added them to mastershistory.org last weekend, in fact (along with the past seven USATF nationals). So I’m guilty of felony procrastination. But Porto Alegre had promised the books to entrants.

October 16, 2014  2 Comments

Quirky column salutes Charles Allie a year after IAAF honors

My favorite image of Charles. Too fast to shoot.

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,” said Pittsburgh writer Bill Neal, who went on in countdown fashion: “:04—Olympic Gold medalist and World Champion Kevin “Freight Train” Parker presented the award and yours truly MC’ed the event…Please y’all know. :03—If that wasn’t enough, Sugar Ray Leo­nard’s brother and his wife were there.” Anyone have real details on party?

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October 15, 2014  8 Comments

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

Hayward Field hosted WMA worlds in 1989. Time for an encore. Host the 2018 worlds, Ducks.

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: “The Bid application, Bidders Guidelines and a Preliminary Contract are on the WMA Website under “Championships.” For all Affiliate, Cities or Towns with interest, please read the information and for any further information please contact the WMA Secretary (info@world-masters-athletics.org). Please also note that bid applications having now been extended to 20th December 2014 The Bid Application and all other documents fully completed should with the Secretary by this date.” Eugene can handle it. Wassup, TrackTown USA?

October 14, 2014  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 in 2012. Myrle also extended her own American records in the hammer and 20-pound superweight to 39.61 (129-11 1/2) and 11.41 (37-5 1/4), respectively. Still looming is the W65 hammer WR of 44.38 (145-7 1/4) by Germany’s Jutta Schäfer way back in 1997. Myrle writes: “And I’m not finished. I think I got some better ones in me.” Results of the USATF-sanctioned throws meet where Myrle went bonkers are posted here. I converted the Word doc into a PDF here. Mega-mazel-tov to Myrle!

MM is 'mmmm, 'mmmm good in the hammer and weight throws.

Missouri’s MM is ‘Mmm Mmm Good’ in the hammer and weight throws.

October 13, 2014  6 Comments

Yank reveals Japan meet experience, officiating that hurt Olympian

Dennis competed at WMA Asian regional meet in steeple and other events.

M65 Dennis Scott competed at WMA Asian regional meet in 2K steeple and other events.

A month ago, I wrote about an American set to compete in the Asian Masters Athletics WMA regional meet in Japan. M65 steeplechaser Dennis Scott lives in the Philippines. [But I linked to the wrong Dennis Scott in mastersrankings.com. Sorry.] Also contrary to my posts, Dennis competed after all — albeit hobbled by injury. Dennis posted a detailed comment, saying: “The reason you didn’t see the steeple results is that you were looking at the page listing only the Japanese runners. What was supposed to be the 18th AMA was changed by Japan into a joint venue to include the Japanese masters national championships. They created a huge delay in event start times because they brought in 1,944 athletes (every city team and track club), and not just in masters age 35+, but starting from 25+. Whereas you might normally expect 3 athletes from one country in an event, the Japanese flooded almost everything with their people. In one of my events, the M65 1500m, there were 31 Japanese.” But his biggest revelation was about the atrocious officiating at the Japan meet, where one of his teammates (a long jumper and two-time Olympian) was injured after not being given a chance for warmup. See below.

Dennis wears a Kanya singlet sometimes, and has made friends with them. They call him "the white Kenyan."

Dennis Scott wears a Kenya singlet sometimes, and has made friends with that country’s runners. They call him "the white Kenyan."

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October 12, 2014  5 Comments

Anselm LeBourne seeking votes for chance at $150,000 grant

Anselm in his school’s old jersey: Seton Hall.

Masters middle-distance legend Anselm LeBourne has a youth-oriented business in the running for a $150,000 small-business grant from an arm of JP Morgan Chase. (See the deal.) “Our company, Running Development Academy, has applied for a Mission Street Grant,” he writes. “We needs 250 votes by Oct. 17, 2014, to be one of the finalists.” Voting is free and easy. Just click on the blue Vote now button on this page. “Help us gain enough votes to apply for a grant,” he says of Running Development Academy, “an athletic company specializing in the facilitation of athletic scholarships to Colleges in the USA for those children in the urban communities. This program is a year-round program and also Provide SAT classes to better prepare athletes.” When the voting period ends, a grants panel decides on the top businesses. Recipients will be announced in January 2015. Best of luck, Anselm!

October 11, 2014  4 Comments

Mastersrankings.com plans ‘World Rankings Awards’ in 2015

The late Olga Kotelko would likely be No. 1 in any 2014 rankings.

John Seto thinks his seasonal lists website can be a platform for “World Rankings Awards” for 2015. He writes: “Athletes will get points for their ranking (legal wind performances only) in each ranked event and the athlete with the most combined points in each WMA region after the 2015 rankings are finished in early 2016 will receive an award. The athlete who earns the most points worldwide may get a different award.” He concedes this is an idea-in-progress. But first he has to assure mastersrankings.com (or its parallel sites) is financially sustainable. More recognition is good. But some single-event athletes may consider this unfair. (What if a 50-year-old high-jumps 7 feet or runs a sub-4 mile?) Also TBD: What prizes, and who pays for them? On the positive side, this could encourage more event experimentation — and compete with the highly subjective (and political) IAAF World’s Best Athlete Awards. We’ll keep an eye on this, and see what WMA thinks of it.

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October 10, 2014  18 Comments

Doc has the wobblies in Indian 100-meter masters championship

Tamil Nadu is a state in southern India. One of its masters sprinters is named Dr. George Abraham Ambattu. But he could use a cure for the wobblies. Watch him cross the line in a 100-meter dash in March, winning what a YouTube video depicts as the “National Masters Athletics Championships-2014 in Coimbatore. Tamilnadu. Men U40 100M Final.” Officials appear to be watching the start well. Hope they watched the finish as well. Anyone got results?

October 9, 2014  4 Comments

WR in W75 shot by 18 feet? Results posted for Huntsman Games

The Huntsman World Senior Games track meet wrapped up Wednesday in St. George, Utah, and results have been graciously shared by Judie Pesznecker. One stuck out as Beamonesque, but I doubt its accuracy. W75 Ingeborg Siegers of Germany is credited with a 2-kilo shot mark Monday of 16.63 meters (54-6 1/2), or 18 feet better than the listed WR of 11.10 (36-5) by Evaun Williams and nearly twice as far as the runner-up. [Thursday update: Judie says she looked at a later report of the shot put and it shows Ingeborg Siegers with a 6.63m shot and in 6th place. "I’ve made that change on our website," she writes.]. Also, we see a first-place tie in the M80 shot of 10.02 meters (32-10 1/2) by Melvin Heath and Leonard Rosen. So neither had a second throw to break the tie? I don’t have my PDF-combining software with me at the moment, so here are the files separately for all three days: Monday field events and Monday track events, Tuesday field events and Tuesday track events and Wednesday field events and Wednesday track events. Sorry for the hassle. Any notable marks I’m missing?

October 8, 2014  13 Comments

Are track women more competitive than road-running women?

Track women have different motivations?

Women like road races more than track meets because LDR events aren’t as competitive. That’s my summary of a story summarizing an article in Evolutionary Psychology. I suspect some of y’all may beg to differ. Is it really true that female distance runners don’t really care how they finish? In any case, here’s what a Michigan shrink said: “Road races have grown tremendously in popularity in the past few decades but most runners have a recreational orientation, not a competitive one. This is shown in how they answer questionnaires and in their generally slow performances. They run for their mental and physical well-being and to socialize. Track meets are completely different — there aren’t medals for every finisher, they haven’t become popular, and the runners that do show up almost always run fast.”

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October 7, 2014  4 Comments