World Masters Indoor Championships – Day 1 Highlights

Four new world records were set on the opening day of the 2010 WMA World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships.

Aaron Thigpen of the United States twice broke the WMA standard for the 60-metre dash in the men’s 45 age group. Thigpen ran 7.05 seconds in the preliminary heats, bettering the old mark of 7.08. Then, later in the semifinals, Thigpen lowered his own record by finishing in 7.02. The finals are set for Tuesday.

Fellow American Christel Donley broke the W75 record in the 60m hurdles, one of the disciplines of the Indoor Pentathlon. Donley finished in 14.22 seconds, which was better than the old mark of 14.68. She was the only one in her age group, and therefore earned the gold medal with 3,481 points.

And, Marie Kay of Australia set a new world standard in the Indoor Pentathlon’s W50 age group. Kay won the gold medal with 4,906 points, well ahead of the old mark of 4,616. She was tops in every discipline — she held nearly a three-metre edge in the shot put alone.

The first medal of the 2010 World Masters was won by Canadian Erin Bevans. The Port Moody, B.C., product threw a distance of 61.77m to win the M35 Javelin. Sharaz Shaikh of Mississauga, Ont., was second with a heave of 49.79m, while Kier Wilson of Sherwood Park, Alta., took the bronze with 44.47m.

Meanwhile, Phil Raschker, the 2007 World Masters Athlete of the Year, kicked off her week in style, winning the W60 Indoor Pentathlon with a total of 4,532 points. Raschker finished first in every discipline but one en route to victory, topping the 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump and 800 metres, and finishing third in the shot put. Raschker is entered in nine events at this week’s championships. She won 10 gold medals at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships.

Kamloops, the host city, also claimed a few medals Monday. Bill Falconer, 89, won a gold medal for his 12.10m toss in the M85 Discus. Melinda Williamson was a bronze medallist in the W50 event of the 8K Cross-Country race with a time of 35 minutes 18.50 seconds.

Complete results here: http://www.kamloops2010masters.com/Results/index.htm

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