Masters Record Breaking in Cleveland
What will you be doing when you’re 90 years old? Ralph Maxwell, 91, of Alamo, Texas does decathlons. Three weeks ago, he solidified his status as the best 90+ athlete in the world by winning the decathlon at the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships with a total of 7069 points (nearly double the previous point record!)
This week, Maxwell won his age division in the pole vault by soaring 1.43m/4-8.25 to eclipse the previous world record of 1.42m/4-7.75 set by Vic Younger of Australia in 2003. Amazing! Especially when you find out he’s only been doing the pole vault for two years!
In other amazing performances, Carol Young of Marietta, Ga. headlined the opening day with an American Record in the W70 hammer throw, bettering her own American record of 29.06m/95-4 by launching the hammer a staggering 29.66m/97-3 on her first throw. Yes, that is in the Women’s over 70 years category!
The following day, running faster than most runners half his age, Khalid Mulazim of Cleveland, Ohio, set the world record in the M45 400m by posting a time of 50.18 seconds.
The final world record performance of that day was by Thaddeus Wilson of Oxnard, California, who won the M60 100m short hurdles with a world record time of 14.37 seconds. He bettered the previous record of 14.62 seconds set by Courtland Gray of the United States in 2004.
Day three of the Masters Championships saw five more American records fall. Carol Young bested her own American record in the weight throw, Robert Whilden won the men’s 75 year old 100m in a blistering 13.67 seconds, surpassing the previous record of 13.72 seconds set in 1992 by Payton Jordan, Ruth Welding set the W55 American weight throw record, and Jennifer Stephens also improved her own W35 American mark in the weight throw.
For a complete review of those records, and all the Masters results, check out the USATF website.