A few days ago, I was alerted to previously unnoticed world records in the M50 200 and 400. At least that’s what IAAF and mastersrankings.com suggested. Both sites had 52-year-old Puerto Rico Olympian Edgardo Guilbe running incredible times in 2018 — a 200 in 21.95 and a 400 in 49.68. (Plus a sizzling 11.10 for the 100.)The listed WRs are Willie Gault’s 22.44 and Roland Gröger’s 50.73.
So I started poking around — posting to the Track & Field News message board and writing the Puerto Rican athletics governing body.
Soon the truth emerged. Edgardo’s son was the sub-50 quarter-miler.
On T&FN, I learned: “Two different people: Edgardo Guilbe Alomar, Olympian, and Edgardo Guilbe Correa, university student in Ponce.”
And from the Federación Atletismo de Puerto Rico: “Thank you for your communication, Mr. Guilbe is retired from track and field. Those performances are from his son that should be 19 years old.”
Whew! That was close.
John Seto, hearing about the discrepancy, removed the M50 mark from mastersrankings.com. But the IAAF profile page, usually a gold standard for stat folks, still conveys the wrong guy.
Here’s hoping to everyone having a great 2019 — with no confusion over what you run.
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