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Posted: July 11, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Harvey smashes W60 world record in 800 meters

OSHKOSH, Wis. - In a remarkable showing of speed and strength, Sabra Harvey of Houston broke a 10-year-old world record in extremely windy and warm conditions Saturday at the 2009 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Harvey dominated the 800 meters for women age 60-64, running 2:34.66 to shatter the world record of 2:36.95, set in 1999 by Gerda Van Kooten of the Netherlands. As she described to masterstrack.com, Harvey started "jogging" nine years ago and only began competing in masters track and field last year. The graphic designer turned in an American record of 2:40.56 in the 800 last month, and on Saturday ran a time that would have left this 38-year-old USATF correspondent, among many others, trailing behind by several meters.

In the sprints, Max Springer of Knoxville, Tenn., set his second M95 American record of the meet, running the 100m in 29.31 seconds. As was the case when he broke the M95 400m record on Friday, he took the 100m mark from Everett Hosack, who had run 38.66 nine years ago.

The Oregon Track Club's Becky Sisley also set her second record of the meet. Fresh off an American record in the W70 80m hurdles on Friday, Sisley on Saturday broke her age-group record in the javelin with a toss of 26.09/85-7. In the W75 javelin, Harriett Bloemker set an American record with a mark of 22.54m/73-11.5

The day saw several near-records, negated only by too-strong tailwinds. At age 44, Renee Henderson won the W40 100 meters in 12.10, which was .2 faster than her own American record but was too windy, with a 2.6 meters-per-second tailwind.

Already a double record-setter at this meet, Audrey Lary jumped 3.48m/11-5 in the W75 long jump, which was 5.75 inches better than Leonore McDaniels' AR, but Lary's assisting wind of 2.1mps was just .1mps over the allowable.

More than 1,000 athletes in age groups from 30 to 95 are providing an extraordinary demonstration of speed, power, skill, and endurance at the Masters Championships, showing that age is no barrier to lifetime fitness and competition. Track events will range from 100 meters to 10,000 meters, while field events will include the full range of jumps and throws. The meet runs through Sunday.

For complete results from the 2009 USA Masters Outdoor Championships, visit USATF.org.

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.


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