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South America to include Masters events in their Championships
Following the popularity of a Menís 800 and 400m for Women Masters races in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing and the IAAF Indoor in Portland, USA, the South American Athletics Association has announced that they will include a W45 200m race for eight women and a menís mixed age groups javelin competition during their Championships to be held in the city of Asuncion, Paraguay, from 23-25 June.

M45 800m World Record
British Masters Tony Whiteman has lowered his own short lived 800m World Record that is still waiting ratification, when he finished 10th from 11 starters at the Loughborough International Meet on 21 May, running 1.50.52sec.

South African Masters Championships attracted a large entry.
There were some excellent performances in the Green Point Stadium, Cape Town weekend 4-6 May. Having returned home from the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth with two gold and one bronze medal; Burton Haupt easily won the M55 Shot 15.08m, the Discus with a throw of 53.09m and the Hammer 50.19m for a successful weekend.

The 45 men and womenís Age Category were particularly strong with Adri Schoeman winning the 100m in 12.62sec (w1.1) and the 200m in 25.64sec. Charmain Barnard 80mH 12.36sec and a great 800/1500m 2.21.84/4.56.41sec double by Salome Vermeulen. M45 Marius Basson took the 400m in 52.44sec and a 2.1.62sec 800m run gave Joe Viljoen the title.

Other notable performances include M60 Philip Ruddís 300mH win in 50.16sec from 63-year old Dennis Varty 51.59sec. Wayne Holroyd victories in the M40 100m in 11.50sec (w-1.3), 200m 23.29sec and the 400m 52.03sec. Ian Hacker, son of former WMA Secretary Monty, won the M50 title in 12.28sec. (w0.3) and 200m 25.30sec, with the M55 dash won in 12.52sec by Johan Myburgh (wNW1) who also took the 200m in 25.62.

Bridget Cushen
May 23, 2017