Courtesy – Harold Morioka
WORLD RECORD FOR CHRISTA BORTIGNON
About 10 Masters athletes from BC participated in the Canadian Masters track and field championships which were held in Saint John, New Brunswick, from August 9-12. This meet also duplicated as the NCCWMA (North, Central and Carribean World Masters Athletics) championships. Over 500 athletes registered for this 4-day meet.
Christa Bortignon broke the W75 Pentathlon record with 4743 points. This was 212 points better than the old record of 4531 points which was held by Leili Kaas from Estonia. Christa also broke her own W75 Canadian records in the 200m (34.81) and 400m (1:25.07), which she set earlier this year. She set a new Canadian record in the 80m hurdles (19.71). Christa also won more gold medals in the 100m, long jump, high jump and triple jump, with results just off her pending Canadian records.
Winning 6 gold medals each were 93 year-old Olga Kotelko and 80 year-old Mae Turek. Sandy Anderson W70 also won 6 medals but not all gold. Cheryl Closkey W60 won 4 medals and Barb Saunders W70 won golds in the 800m and 1500m.
Three men also participated in this meet. Peter Freeman won the gold medal in the M60 400m and 800m while Al Percival, also M60, won the 100m and took silver in the 200m. Barry Adams M70 won silver in the javelin.