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National, Regional and World Age Group Records

Octogenarian Yoko Nakano, Japan, ran a marathon in February in a World W80 Best time of 4.11.45. She has now followed that phenominal time up with a 10,000m World Record run in 53.12.59sec. Both times have now been ratified by WMA.

WMA has also ratified the Best Half Marathon times achieved on 25 March in Daegu by W45 Ester Alvarez Herrero, Espana (1.19.24), and 78-year old Marta Sarco, Argentina (2.06.08).

48-year old Allen Woodard, USA, has had his M45 400m 49.09sec run in Houston in March confirmed by WMA.

Mick Jones, GBR, who finished 8th in the Hammer at the IAAF World Cup back in 1998 is now in the M50 Age Category and actively coaching and competing. He sent the 6k Hammer hurtling out to 69.04m for a European record. He has entered the British Masters Championships on 24/25th June.

IAAF 2013 Best Female Masters Athlete of the Year, Christa Bortignon, Canada, is currently in brilliant form setting two W80 World Records. Here is what she has been doing: long jumped 3.10m (wind 1.7) at the Hayward Classic in Eugene, USA at the end of April. Triple jumped 7.16m (w0.0) in Kamloops, Canada, on May 6. Both have been ratified.

Another Canadian and multi WMA Champion Carol Lafayette Boyd, has five W75 records pending, all set at the same Meet where she ran the 100m in 15.15sec lowering Kathy Bergenís (15.31sec) from April 2015. A 200m in 32.83 that will erase Bergenís World Championships winning time of 33.79sec in Lyon 2016 from the Record Book. She bettered Rietje Dijkmanís 1.22m high jump by 0.01 clearing 1.23m. Carol went on to the long jump clearing 3.85m that breaks the long standing record (3.77m) set back in 1997 by the great German, Paula Schneiderhan. Her triple jump of 8.19m betters the 8.11m held by her Canadian team pal Christa Bortignon in 2012.

British Masters prolific record breaker, Angela Copson, may be losing some of her World Records but as she is now in the W70 category, she has started breaking those records. Running in a Meet near her home in Nuneaton on 4 June, she clocked 5.46.9sec for the 1500m.

Bridget Cushen
JUne 19, 2017