2019

Retailer rips off image of W100 sprinter Ida Keeling — calling her Katelyn Turner

According to an April 24 “special editorial by Jeremy Thomson,” the world’s oldest sprinter is Katelyn Turner, 102. But on June 1, a “special editorial by Julian Downes” calls Katelyn 104. Both reports appear on a website selling electronic and other doodads called definekits.com. But wait! There’s more! The story says Katelyn at age 21 hurt her back five steps into the 1948 Olympic sprint final. (Don’t do the math. She’d be 31 if she’s now 102.) Confused yet? It’s all a shameless ripoff on the Ida Keeling story, even stealing her image (running with a red beret at 2016…


M90 Gunnar Linde laps 2K steeple world record; W40, W65 and M85 decathlon ARs set in Wisconsin

How fast was 90-year-old Gunnar Linde when he ran the five-lap steeplechase over the weekend in Los Angeles? If he’d been racing listed M90 record-holder Charles Ross, Gunnar would have lapped him. That’s how I grok Gunnar’s 14:40.54 2K steeple WR Sunday at West Los Angeles College. Charles holds the listed WR of 18:54.10. Special thanks to three M60 gents — Brian Nelson, Dennis Wilson and meet director Andy Hecker — who finished the race to make sure no technical rules glitches kept Gunnar from going in the WMA record books. (BTW, he ran 30-inch barriers despite the fact standard…


Anne Gilshinan adds another W55 WR notch to her belt — 800 meters in milestone 2:19.63

A month ago, Ireland’s Anne Gilshinan set a W55 world record in the 1500, clocking 4:45.65 at an Irish Milers meet in Greystones, Ireland. Don’t look now, but now the 800 WR is toast. Anne ran 2:19.63 to become the oldest sub-2:20 woman as she crushed the listed WR of 2:21.98 by Australia’s Jeanette Flynn at Brisbane in 2007. (See complete results here.) Anne posted to Facebook: What a fantastic day at the Irish Milers Meet at Le Cheile Leixlip today. I set a new World Record in the 800m, W55 category, in 2.19.63. Thanks in particular to Susan and…


Colleen Barney is our Jessie Graff — but ‘American Ninja Warrior’ didn’t show her

Longtime viewers of NBC’s reality show “American Ninja Warrior” know that many of the female runners of the obstacle courses are former track stars, such as Jessie Graff, the stuntwoman. So it’s no wonder that ANW producers picked W50 sprinter Colleen Barney to run the course last March at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Too bad her run wasn’t shown last week in the Season 11 premiere — almost certainly because she didn’t fit the narrative. See my Times of San Diego story for details. Also scroll down to near the bottom of the story for pictures I took of…


Italy’s Davide Raineri runs 4:13.96 mile, claims M45 world record at Rome Diamond League

In May 2018, Davide Raineri of Italy turned 45 and began dismantling national age-group records, running 800 in 1:57.76, 1500 in 3:54.68 and 3000 in 8:27.50. But he didn’t reach my radar until David Westenberg sent me a heads up Thursday night. Competing in one of the masters events at the Rome Diamond League meet, Davide ran the mile in 4:13.96. That’s not the fastest M45 mile on record, but he’ll likely get credit for a WMA world record, since the listed best is 4:16.09 by American Tony Young (also 46) in 2008. (Tony ran 4:13.25 a year later on…


Gunnar Linde eyes M90 steeple WR, but could use help making Los Angeles race ‘legal’

Hurdlers over 90 are rare. Steeplechasers over 90 are rarer still. In fact, according to mastersrankings.com, only two M90 men — Americans Dixon Hemphill and George Roudebush — have run the 2000-meter steeple since Charles Ross set the listed world record of 18:54.10 in 2013. (But Charles also has a nonratified 18:27.44 from 2013.) At the time, I reported that Charles was the world’s first M90 steepler. So it should be something to celebrate that M90 Gunnar Linde is entered in the 2K steeple this Sunday at West Los Angeles College. He’ll run in the USATF-sanctioned Southern California Association USATF…


How Brad Barton battled back from years of injuries to take down Nolan Shaheed mile WR

I spent nearly an hour on the phone with Brad Barton on Saturday, the day after his mind-blowing 4:19.59 M50 mile at Nashville — taking a huge chunk out of Nolan Shaheed’s 2001 record of 4:25.04. My first question for Brad: Where have you been for five years? (I had forgotten about his pair of 1500 American records in 2016, including one at the Olympic Trials masters exhibition.) But seared in memory were his incredible 2013 and 2014 seasons, where Brad dominated distances from 1500 to 3K steeplechase, setting a slew of records — duly noted in my new story…


Brad Barton BLASTS M50 world mile record at Nashville; M75 dec, W75 hep WRs crushed

Three monster world records were set over the weekend, with celebrations (and stories) promising to continue for days. The first came Friday night when our friend Brad Barton of Utah battled fellow M50 Shane Healy of Ireland in the mile at the legendary-for-records Music City Distance Carnival at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. (Anthony Whiteman ran his M40 3:58.79 mile WR there in 2012, you’ll recall.) Shane stopped the clock at 4:22.96 to crush Nolan Shaheed’s listed outdoor world record of 4:25.04 set at Eugene in 2001. The time also bettered Sean Wade’s listed indoor WR of 4:23.07 at Boston in…


‘The Legend’ sprints out of hibernation: Phil Raschker enters National Senior Games at 72

Nine years ago, Phil Raschker was quoted as saying: “At times I have stepped away from being competitive and gone into hibernation for a while. But when I don’t have the object of being able to compete, I find that I’m not quite living the lifestyle that I want to.” Don’t look now, but Mama Bear is coming out of her cave. Now 72, the Masters Hall of Famer I’ve long called “The Legend” is entered in seven events at the mid-June National Senior Games in Albuquerque, where the elevation will help her have a shot at records. She’s in…


Magdalena Kuehne dies at 88; SoCal triple-jump record-setter and Masters Hall of Famer

Magdalena Kuehne worked for decades in the garment industry and as a costumer, dressing stars at Universal Studios, NBC and Warner Bros. She worked on the TV shows “Growing Pains,” “West Wing” and “Friends” and movies including “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Continental Divide” and “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.” But her Southern California Striders family and friends around the world know Magdalena for wearing Team USA colors as a Masters Hall of Famer, with hundreds of great marks in sprints, throws and especially the triple jump.            Her daughter, Karen, reports that Magdalena died in a hospital May 17 —…