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Whiteman Rewriting Records

45-year old breaks through the 1.50sec 800m barrier

He will be 46 in November; he already holds the M45 World Indoor 800/1500m records, his best ever time for 800m is 1.45.81, but since joining the British Masters Tony Whiteman won World Masters Athletics M40 Indoor titles in Budapest, broke the World M40 800/1500m records and has since July set three more M45 World marks. Arguably, the most outstanding of these is his phenomenal 1.49.86sec run on Saturday 19 August in Trafford, Manchester, whilst competing in a BMC Grand Prix graded 800m race against younger athletes where he finished 8th overall. He is the first person aged over 45 to run sub 1.50 for the two laps. It lowers the previous mark set in 2005 by Saladin Allah, USA, by over four seconds.

1.49.86sec equates to 1.39.75sec on the WMA Age Graded Tables. The previous European record stood at 1.56.16sec to the outstanding Dutchman Ronald Mercelina, since 1991.

Tony can now also claim the M45 1500m World Record. In July running at Loughborough he lowered the World 1500 to 3.48.72sec, to break the 2016 mark set by the Russian, Vyacheslav Shabunin in 3.50.55. Tony knocked a full six seconds off the World best for the one mile at an Open Meeting in Cardiff on 12 August, finishing in 4.10.00.

Bridget Cushen
August 21, 2017