News of Note: World Masters Edition

July 19th, 2011 in Articles by 1 Comment

Although we’re quite pleased with our fearless leader’s impressive 4th-place finish in the M40 division of the World Masters Championships, a number of elder statesmen prove there’s still plenty more to accomplish…

Women’s masters pole vaulter Johnnye Valien set a world record at the 2011 World Masters Games…

…As did Former Olympian Gary Stenlund (Battle Ground, Wash.) in the M70 javelin throw with a toss of 52.24m/171-4.

Albany NY’s Patricia Peterson and Corvallis OR’s John Altendorf set world records in the W85 400 meters and M65 pole vault, respectively. Peterson already set American records in both the 100 meters and 200 meters earlier in the meet and blazed a world record time of 2:07.79 in the 400 meters. Altendorf soared to a new world record of 3.84m/12-7.25 in the vault.

Charles Ross took up running at the age of 70 after attending his 50th-year high school reunion — seeing how most of his counterparts were declining in both health and endurance as they approached their final stretch. He is now 88-years-old and a U.S. Track and Field champion.

Retired accountant Frank Tilton didn’t know he had a hidden talent until he began to experiment with track & field’s jumping events at age 60. Five years later, Tilton is recording sizable leaps. The Springfield, Missouri resident competed in all three jump events at the World Masters Games.

And in case you were wondering, the U.S. dominates the sprints at pretty much any age…

Rick Miller is co-founder of Faster Than Forty…

Author: Rick Miller

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