With 700 Brits entered at Malaga worlds, it’s worth noting how they fared at their masters nationals over the weekend. (See results here.) The top performers were both in their 65s or 70s, including Ian Richards, who claimed W70 world records in the 3000 and 5000 race walks. On Saturday, Ian clocked 15:07.43 for 3K. On a rainy Sunday, he strolled 25:48.50 for 5K. The listed WRs are countryman Arthur Thomson’s 15:15.24 and 26:01.52 from 2006.
My favorite Olympic shrink doctor — Steve Peters — swept the M65 sprints, going 12.56, 26.22 and 62.59 (on the same day as the 100). The top women’s sprinter was W65 Joylyn Saunders-Mullins, who also won the triple in 14.74, 31.35 and 71.26 (marks I’d kill bunny rabbits for; the 400 was a European record).
Athletics Weekly said: “Leading the way in Spain is likely to be multiple world champion and record-holder Angela Copson, who is entered in six events there, but the W70 athlete just took a run out – with victories in the 800m and 1500m in Birmingham. … After mainly good conditions on the opening day, there was rain on Sunday (Aug 26) but this did not stop new M70 Ian Richards notching up his second walk world record despite the wet track.”
Malaga starts Sept. 4.
What does 65 look like? Well if you're Steve Peters, multiple European & world champion & world class sports psychiatrist to boot, this is how you look as you fly across the rainy finishing line in the men's 200m dash at the @TheBMAF champs this w/e. His time? 26.22secs 👏 pic.twitter.com/Xsm9mjNWe6
— Alex Rotas (@alexrotas) August 28, 2018
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