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World Indoor Age Group Records Broken

Britain's Tony Whiteman, double M40 World Masters gold medallist over the 800/1500m in Budapest in 2015, has now moved into the M45 category and quickly set about breaking the Indoor records. Since 29 January he has lowered the current 800m (1.56.10sec set in 2014 by Nicholas Berra USA), to 1.54.81sec when finishing second in an Open Festival Meeting in Sheffield. At the same venue on 10 February he entered the British Athletics Trials for the European Senior Indoor in Belgrade in March. In the first of four heats, running with British top 20-31 year olds, he followed through the first 400m in 56.68, going on to finish in a new M45 WR 1.52.96sec, fractionally slower than his M40 winning time of 1.52.60 in Budapest! He has a best 400m this year of 51.80. In London on 1 February he tackled the rarely run Indoor mile clocking 4.12.94sec. Again in Sheffield on 7 February he lowered the current 2009 1500m World Record (3.57.91 Tony Young USA) to 3.54.94sec finishing 3rd against younger runners. With outdoor times in 2016 of 1.49.56/3.53.21sec he admits he likes racing the younger guys who he meets in the League system. Unfortunately he is not going to Daegu to defend his title.

Competing in an international Meet in Metz, France on 4 February, Kim Collins from St Kitts & Nevis set a M40 WR in his 60m heat 6.54sec bringing that down to 6.52 in the final. The previous record stood to Troy Douglas from the Netherlands since 2003.

Fiona Matheson, GBR, set a World W55 1500m record in 4.56.51 when finishing 5th in the Scottish Senior women’s race on 28 January in Glasgow.

Warming up for Daegu, W60 pole vault medallists in Perth Sue Yeoman and Sue Dassie GBR, cleared 2.62m and 2.12 and M60 Alan Williams won with 3.52m vault at a meeting in Surrey on 5 February. Sweden-based M75 Briton, Anthony Treacher ran 200m 31.71sec and long jumped 3.78m in Stockholm on 29 January.

Bridget Cushen
February 2017