Singapore redefines stupid: NGB mandates qualifying standards, ridiculous rules

A few days ago, Roald Bradstock poked a hornet’s nest by asking his Facebook followers whether masters track is a “sport” or “activity.” He wrote: “If there are NO ENTRY standards to competing in the USA, European or World Masters Championships then isn’t Masters Athletics just an activity like a 5k fun run?” I replied: “C’mon, Roald. Get a grip.” Roald, of course, has a great grip on the javelin, setting records every few years. But he didn’t realize that the recurring issue of qualifying standards has a less-amusing side. Just ask the nearly 1,300 Singaporeans who signed a petition…

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WRs fall to M90 Earl Fee (800), W55 Anne Gilshinan (1500 again) and W50 Irie Hill (pole vault)

In his new biography, Earl Fee said his goal, after turning 90, was to raise his world records count to 60. He had 56 age-group WRs when he wrote that. Don’t look now, but he’s at 59. After setting M90 indoor WRs in March in the 400 and 800, he crushed the listed M90 WR in the outdoor 800 on Sunday at the site of 2019 WMA regionals and 2020 worlds. On Facebook, Earl said: “Had some good fortune today at the Ontario Masters Championships at Varsity Stadium today, lowering the outdoor world record 800m in age group 90-94 by…