Karla del Grande added to her legend at two recent Canadian meets, setting and lowering the W65 world records in the 100 and 200. She clocked 13.96 to beat her late-July mark of 14.00 at Ontario, and 28.53 to beat her own recent 29.21 and lower the listed 200 WR of 29.37 by Nadine O’Connor in 2007.
And a masters mole tells me: “Due to a timing glitch in the 200-meter race, Karla and another competitor had to rerun their race about 30 minutes after the first race. We will never know what her time was in the first race, but am guessing it was probably a world record, judging by her other results.”Now Karla holds the outdoor 1 and 2 WRs at W60 and W65, and became the oldest woman to go sub-14 for the 100. (She also holds the indoor 60 and 200 WRs for W60.) But she wasn’t alone.
At last weekend’s Canadian masters nationals in Surrey, British Columbia, Carol LaFayette-Boyd lowered her own W75 100 WR and tied her own 200 WR. (Her latest marks of 15.03 and 31.89 are astounding.) On the Age-Graded Tables, Carol’s marks are worth 11.14 for open ages 20-30 and 23.01. (Karla’s marks are worth 11.32 and 22.84.)
Former world-class sprinter/hurdler Harold Morioka sent me this list of world and Canadian records set in Surrey.
Besides Christa Bortignon’s WR (noted earlier), also setting a pentathlon WR at Surrey was M85 Ted Rowan, whose 3635 points beat the listed mark of 3470 by Japan’s Shinichi Terao in 2016.
Karla, Carol and Ted are all entered at Malaga worlds. (And Christa is entered in seven events.)
Nadine, our friend near San Diego, has been in contact with Karla and shared her thoughts about her and Carol:
“She is absolutely amazing and I have long admired her and Carol. They are not only talented, hardworking athletes, but also very kind, helpful human beings continuing to do worthwhile things that make a positive difference to their friends, families and communities.”
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