Malaga’s results service is impressive. It’s easy to navigate and lists most everything. But why no references to world records? W80 British thrower Evaun Williams put the shot 10.07 meters (33-0 1/2) on her first try Tuesday to smash the listed WR of 9.66 (31-8 1/2) by Germany’s Anne Chatrine Rühlow in 2017, for example. (The main WMA site has a running account of Malaga WRs. The others are W75 shot by Austria’s Marianne Maier (12.12/39-9 1/4), displacing an Evaun mark, and M70 5000 walk by Britain’s Ian Richards in 25:51.34.)
An event I’m looking forward to is the M35 steeple. The top entrant is 2004 Athens Olympic champ and four-time world steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya, leading a team of 34. At 2016 Perth worlds, Kenya entered 15 athletes — and won 10 medals, according to a Kenyan report. Ezekiel’s steeple PR is 7:55.76 — only seven years ago. But he (or his affiliate) submitted a seed time of 8:08 (four seconds off the listed M35 WR). The IAAF begs to differ, listing his 2018 best as 8:31.45.Even worse are two Kenyan M45 5000 guys — Peter Bii submitted a time of 13:57.46 and Joshua Kipchumba entered 14:02.09. The listed M45 WR is a pedestrian 14:23.6 (back in 1982) by Lucien Rault of France. American Sean Wade has the listed M50 5000 WR of 14:52.92, but Kenya’s M50 Paul Yego submitted a time of 14:12.30. C’mon!
But wait! There’s more: M65 Stephen Kamande entered a 5000 time of 16:56.00 (the listed WR is 16:38.8) and M70 Stephen Oyaro entered a 5K time of 16:57.00. (The listed WR is 18:15.53.) Others? The M40 steeple WR is 8:38.40, but Kenya’s Eliud Kirui lists a 8:58.00. And M55 Robert Kimutai sent in a steeple time of 10:02.90. The listed M55 WR is 9:55.05.
Just silly is M35 Tom Musinde, who sent in a 100 time of 10.40 but a 200 time of 25.50. This does not compute.
And avert your eyes from the Kenyan 10K and half-marathon marks.
Fortunately, bogus seeds likely won’t affect final results. But geeze, how about some dignity, guys?
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