Christa Bortignon continued her assult on the record book last weekend, July 7-8, at the Trevor Craven Memorial track and field meet. She broke two world records in the W75 200m hurdles and triple jump. Her time of 41.22 seconds in the hurdles breaks her own world record of 41.70 which she set in June at the BC Masters Championships. Christa took only three jumps in the triple jump and twice broke American Audrey Lary’s world record of 7.43 metres. Christa’s best jump raised the W75 triple jump world record to 7.70 metres.
Christa also set a Canadian record in the long jump (3.50m) and just missed another Canadian record in the 200m sprint (34.94), only one hundreth of a second off her own record of 34.93 seconds that she ran earlier this year.
Others breaking Canadian Masters records were: Lenore Montgomery W80 1500m (8:06.45), Gwen McFarlan W75 3000m (15:32.99), Doug McLaren W35 110m Hurdles (14.92), Lynda Braun W60 Shot Put (9.51m), Mae Turek W80 Shot Put (6.17m) and Nardene Hammond W40 1500m Racewalk (7:16.98).
Gwen broke the Canadian record by over one and a half minutes while Lenore broke her own record by a second. Doug, running for Saskatchewan, broke former Olympian Tim Kroeker’s record by only 0.05 seconds while Nardene who came to Canada two years ago from Australia, broke the Canadian record of 7:48.28. Mae broke Olga Kotelko’s record by 14 cm while Lynda who only joined BC Athletics this year for the first time, surprised herself by breaking the Canadian shot put record by 4 cm.
There were also four more BC Masters record broken at the meet:
Margaret Rhebergen W55 Long Jump (4.06m), Elisabeth Rollins W60 Triple Jump (7.66m), Nancy Craig W45 Pole Vault (2.50m) and Ellie Halcrow W65 1500m Racewalk (10:00.21).