Entry deadline for Toruń indoor worlds closed this week, and I’m excited to see Poland’s Stanislaw Kowalski, born in April 1910, down for the 60, shot and discus. At almost 109, he’s likely the oldest competitive athlete in history — even older than Japan’s Hidekichi Miyazaki, aka “Golden Bolt,” who often was credited as being the fastest M105 sprinter. Sadly, Hidekichi died last week at age 108. (I wrote about Miyazaki Mania in 2015.)
WMA now lists outdoor world records for M105 (by Stan and Hidekichi), so anything Stan does at Torun will qualify as an indoor M105 world record. The registration list (which can be filtered to view entrants by nation, event, age group) says Stan has submitted NT (no time) in the 60 and NM in the discus. But he has a shot mark of 3.28 meters (10-9).
The only other 100-plus entrant is India’s Man Kaur, the famed thrower and sprinter. At 102, she’s down for the 60, 200, shot and javelin (held outdoors, of course).
I’m also intrigued by an “Independent” national entry. Sometimes, that means a banned Russian allowed to compete. But in this case, the entrant is M60 Mohammed Al-Dossary, who has competed for Saudi Arabia in the past. That Asian country has never been a WMA affiliate, I’m told. Mohammed is down for the 10K road run and half-marathon.
(I’ll ask around about Mohammed and the Saudis.)
The meet site says 4,000 are signed up, with Poland entering 845, Germany 475 and Britain 393. Team USA is No. 6 at 219 (not counting two from Puerto Rico).
Meanwhile, a last look at Golden Bolt.
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WMA may need a 110-114 category soon.