Spring fling of Ireland’s Anne Gilshinan: from W50 Torun silver to W55 WR in 1500-meter run

Here's Anne Gilshinan wearing green and pacing a European field in a photo posted in recent years.

In 1974, Anne McKenzie of South Africa ran 4:49.2 for 1500 meters at age 49. It was a W45 outdoor world record, which would stand 11 years. Now it looks like 55 is the new 45. On Saturday, 55-year-old Anne Gilshinan scorched a metric mile in 4:45.65 at an Irish Milers meet in the seaside resort town of Greystones, Ireland. The record she beat was only two weeks old — 4:48.65 by world champ Clare Elms in Tonbridge, Britain.

As a 54-year-old, Anne took silver in the W50 1500 at Torun worlds, losing by only three-hundredths of a second (to the 4:50.14 by Germany’s Eva Trost). Now she has W55 all to herself.

On the Age-Graded Tables, Anne’s mark is equivalent to an open time of 3:54.6, which would be No. 12 all-time. (The listed WR is 3:50.07 by Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba.) The listed W55 American record, BTW, is 5:08.96 by Lorraine Jasper.

On Facebook, Gilshinan posted a photo of herself with the new WR.

Time for a new addition to the WR progressions.

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Ken Stone
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at TrackCEO@aol.com or kens@timesofandiego.com. Story tips always welcome!

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