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British Masters Open Outdoor Championships 2013 (set 1)

Masters Athletes, UK


Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, September 14th-15th, 2013.

  1. Rosemary Chrimes, multiple national and world champion (high jump, discus and shot putt) in her age group (80-84 years) changes shoes after one of her events in Birmingham.
  2. David Proffitt nears the finishing line in the 1500m race, 60-64 year old category at the British Masters Athletics Championships in Birmingham, September 2013. He time of 5:33.26 brought him across the line in 5th position. (The winning time was 4.45:19.) The GB record for this age group was set in 1985 by Harry Tempan and is 4:36.04 while the world record for this event and age group is 4:24minutes (Nolan Shaheed, USA, 2011), just 50 seconds slower than it took Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi to win Gold at the 2012 London Olympics in 3:34.08.
  3. Anne Martin leaping to 1st place in the Triple Jump 75-79 year old competition, clearing 5.82meters. She already holds the British record for her age group, clearing 6.48m. The world record for this age category is 8.11m.
  4. Alasdair Ross running to 2nd place in the 100m, 60-64 year old category, in a time of 12.44secs (1st place was won in 12.02secs). The British and world record for 100m in this age group is 11.70secs, held by Ronald Taylor. This is only just over 2 seconds slower than Usain Bolt’s London Olympic Gold medal time of 9.63secs and within the times run by preliminary round competitors at the London Olympics! The world record for masters in the 35-39 year old category is a speedy 9.97secs (jointly held by GB’s Lynford Christie and Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis) – well within the speeds run by other competitors in the semi-finals of the London Olympics, as indeed is the WR for the 40-45 year old age group of 10.29 and the 45-49 year old category of 10.72secs. Even the world record holder of the 50-54 year old age group’s time of 10.88secs would have seen him within the times of Round 1 competitors at the London Games. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: masters athletes run fast.
  5. Melanie Garland jumping into 2nd place in the long jump 50-54 year old category with 4.36m (the winner cleared 4.63m). The British record for this competition and age group is 5.04m and the world record is 5.41m.
  6. Sue Yeoman, national and world champion in the pole vault competition, 60-64 years, runs towards the bar at Birmingham, which she cleared at a height of 2.60m. Her own British record is 2.70m. The world record for this event and age category is 3.12metres.


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