Geraldine Finegan bumps Rita Hanscom as W50 decathlon record-holder

Bernd Rehpennig tracks the rarely contested women's decathlon in masters ranks.

Dieter Massin of Germany shares news of an unofficial WR in the W50 decathlon. (Unofficial since WMA contests the women’s hep, not dec. Hence no records kept.) Dieter writes: “In 2010 these [age] factors changed; Bernd Rehpennig was the person in charge and he got an ‘order’ by WMA to revise all factors. Due to this change of factors, the results of Rita Hanscom are less than before, see the attachment. In regard to the performance of Geraldine Finegan in Stendal 14 days ago, the result of Geraldine is ‘unofficial’ world record. By the way: Bernd Rehpennig has created a list of the top ten in [women’s] decathlon and heptathlon.” That list is still to come my way. Stay tuned. The chart should give women entered at the end of this month at the USATF masters national combined-events meet in Grass Valley, California, something to shoot for. And Rita, our San Diego friend, will be gunning for another record, this time in W60. For more info, see Jeff Watry’s Decamouse site. Here’s coverage of the last major masters women’s dec — in 2009 at Shoreline, Washington.

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6 Comments on "Geraldine Finegan bumps Rita Hanscom as W50 decathlon record-holder"

  1. Tiny typo’s: Finegan 6857 because shot put is 1 point too high. Hanscom 6767 because hurdles is 10 points higher.

  2. Weia Reinboud | June 9, 2018 at 2:32 pm | Reply

    Tiny typo’s: Finegan one point lower because shot put points aren’t correct. Hansom 10 points higher (hurdles).

  3. David E. Ortman (M65), Seattle, WA | June 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm | Reply

    It would be very helpful if someone could create/link the different age-grade multi-events scoring tables/calculators over the years. That way one could plug in the raw times and distances and get back the age-graded total for each of the past set of age-graded scoring tables.

    This would also be helpful for the open Dec/Hept, as the open Dec/Hept scoring tables have also been revised several times.

  4. Weia Reinboud | June 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm | Reply

    Good remark. I once started with it, but forgot to finish the project…

  5. Roger Vergin | June 12, 2018 at 2:08 pm | Reply

    In terms of a comparison of combined event scoring over the ages, Jeff Watry developed an outstanding data base for the Indoor Heptathlon. It has a complete history of the national championship meet that Jeff has been running at Carthage College for the years 1997 – 2018. It is truly awesome and it would be great to see a similar production for the other combined events and over a world wide horizon.
    Take a look at it at Jeff’s website. The database is at

  6. Thomas McGrane | July 16, 2018 at 6:15 am | Reply

    Geraldine Finegan added over 400 points to this mark with a total of 7285 points at the Scottish Combined Events’ Championships in Grangemouth on 14 and 15 July. Details here:

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