Antoni “Toni” Bernadó Planas — an Andorran legend and reportedly the only man to run in five Olympic marathons (1996-2012) — has blasted the listed M50 WR for 3,000 meters, according to IAAF. Eleven years after clocking a PR 8:03.69 in 2007, he ran a stunning 8:37.94 at age 51. The mark came July 14 at Granollers, Spain. The listed WR is 8:41.2 by France’s Christian Geffrey in 2007.
His IAAF bio site shows a 3000 progression that jumps from 2011 to 2018. So apparently he’s been busy at other distances. On the Age-Graded Tables, his 8:37 is worth an open time of 7:43.9. (The actual WR is 7:20.67 by Daniel Komen, who turned 42 this year — so what’s he up to?)
Toni held the M40 WR of 8:03.69 for three years until Russian Vyacheslav Shabunin and then American Bernard Lagat put the record outtasight (to 7:42.75 in 2015). Sadly, he’s not listed as a Malaga entry in the 15 or 5K.
Thanks to Matt B for the heads up!
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And possibly the third fastest 5,000 ever run at that age group.