US Medalists (7-28 – Aug. 3) at World Masters Championships

Hanscom wins three gold medals at World Masters Championships

– U.S. Masters great Rita Hanscom was victorious in the W55 age-group
pole vault Monday and has now won three gold medals at the 2009 World
Masters Athletics Championships in Lahti, Finland.

Championships feature athletes from all over the world ranging in age
from 30-95+ in an impressive display of speed, strength, and endurance
for all ages. Track events range from 100 meters to 10,000 meters,
while field events include the full range of jumps and throws. The
Championships will continue through Sunday, August 8.

best clearance of 2.70 meters/8 feet, 10.25 inches earlier today in the
pole vault tied her for the top spot with Sue Yeomans of Great Britain
& Northern Ireland, who cleared the identical height. Hanscom
totaled fewer misses during the competition and was declared the winner.

competed in the 300m hurdles Saturday for only the second time in her
career and won the gold medal in 53.25 seconds. Marcela Pacrita of
Romania was the runner-up in 55.21, with Belgium’s Jocelyne Pater third
in 55.86.

In the W55 heptathlon, Hanscom blew away the
competition by amassing 6,382 points, which is a new heptathlon world
age-group record. Grania Leaping Rabbit of Germany was the runner-up
totaling 4,501 points, with Portugal’s Helena Maria Pires De Carvalhofinishing third with 4,314 points.  

other news from combined events competition, Emil Pawlik finished the
M70 decathlon 1,500 meters in a downpour, but held on to win the
competition with 7,814 points. Pawlik’s winning margin over runner-up
Willi Klaus of Germany was 110 points. Bill Murray set an American
record in the M55 decathlon with his total of 8,087 points, which
easily bettered runner-up Klaus Peter Neuendorf of Germany’s total of
7,179 points.

the 100m prelims in Lahti, Renee Henderson posted an American record in
the W45 age group with her time of 12.10 seconds. Her performance
shattered the previous standard by masters all-time great Phil Raschker
of 12.50 from 1995. Henderson went on to win the gold medal, clocking
12.22 in the final.

U.S. medalists from the 2009 World Masters Championships include:

July 28


W50 8 km Cross Country


Carmen Ayala-Troncoso (GOLD) 29.10


July 29

W80 5000 m Race Walk


Miriam Gordon (SILVER) 42:42.62
Athanasia Thomas (BRONZE) 44:22.13

M80 5000 m Race Walk


William Moremen (GOLD) 34:03.21

M75 5000 m Race Walk


Jack Bray (GOLD) 31:45.30
Carlos Acosta (SILVER) 32:38.30
Alfred Du Bois (BRONZE) 32:39.14

W55 5000 m Race Walk


Marianne Martino (BRONZE) 28:49.74


July 30

W50 High Jump


Martha Mendenhall (GOLD) 1.52m/4-11.75

M55 Pole Vault


William Murray (SILVER) 3.85m/12-7.5

W50 Weight


Carol Finsrud (BRONZE) 14.84m /48-8.25

M80 Shot Put


Arnie Gaynor (SILVER) 13.38/43-10.75

W35 Triple Jump


Ruthlyn Greenfield-Webster (BRONZE) 10.76 m/35-3.75 (+2.7w)

M75 Long Jump


Dick Richards United States (GOLD) 4.57m/15-0


August 1

M60 Pole Vault

Matti Kilpelainen (BRONZE) 3.70/12-1.5

W80 100 m

Sumi Onodera-Leonard (BRONZE) 21.47 (-2.0w)

W70 High Jump

Christel Donley (TIE-SILVER) 1.12m/3-8

M80 5000 m

Gunnar Linde (SILVER) 26:24.33

M60 Javelin

Juhani Nummela (BRONZE) 48.13m/157-11

W65 Hammer

Georgia L Cutler (BRONZE) 31.48m/103-3

M45 Long Jump

Rick Pruett (GOLD) 5.96m/19-6.75

W55 Triple Jump

Linda Cohn (SILVER) 9.03m/29-7.5

M85 100 m

Melvin Larsen (BRONZE) 16.74

M50 100 m

Val Barnwell (GOLD) 11.40

W45 100 m

Renee Henderson (GOLD) 12.22

M40 100 m

Robert Thomas (SILVER) 11.24

 August 2


W80 Triple Jump

Johnnye Valien (GOLD) 4.63m/15-2.25

W55 Javelin

Linda Cohn (GOLD) 38.12m/125-1

M70 800m

Sidney Howard (SILVER) 2:29.01

W50 Javelin

Lisa Kinimaka (BRONZE) 35.85m/117-7

W35 400m Hurdles

Latrica Dendy (GOLD) 1:01.19

M50 800 m

Anselm Le Bourne (SILVER) 2:01.40

M55 400 m Hurdles

Thaddeus Wilson (SILVER) 1:06.14

W45 800 m

Loraine Jasper (BRONZE) 2:26.52

M35 400 m Hurdles

Bradley Dittmar (BRONZE) 56.44

W40 800 m

Lisa Valle (GOLD) 2:18.17

M45 400 m Hurdles

Darnell Gatling (GOLD) 56.49

M40 800 m

Neil Fitzgerald (SILVER) 1:57.55

W55 300 m Hurdles

Rita Hanscom (GOLD) 53.25

M35 800 m

Brian Sax (SILVER) 1:59.03

W70 200 m Hurdles

Becky Sisley (BRONZE) 41.08

W55 Heptathlon


Rita Hanscom (GOLD) 6,382pts.

 W70 Heptathlon
 Becky Sisley (GOLD) 6,050pts.
Christel Donley (BRONZE) 5,284pts.
 M55 Decathlon
 William Murray (GOLD) 8,087pts.
M70 Decathlon
Emil Pawlik (GOLD) 7,814pts.
M80 Decathlon
 William Daprano (SILVER) 4,870pts.
 August 3

M80 10 km Race Walk

William Moremen (SILVER) 1:10:05

M75 10 km Race Walk

Jack Bray (GOLD) 1:04:47     

Carols Acosta (SILVER) 1:05:43


W80 10 km Race Walk


Miriam Gordon (SILVER) 1:31:31


W65 10 km Race Walk


Jolene Steigerwalt (BRONZE) 1:06:34


W75 10 km Race Walk


Grace Moremen (GOLD) 1:26.50

Clara Elkins (SILVER) 1:31.48


W55 Pole Vault

Rita Hanscom (GOLD) 2.70m/8-10.25

W70 Javelin

Becky Sisley (SILVER) 26.55m/87-1

W80 Javelin

Johnnye Valien (Silver) 12.61m/41-4.5

M40 High Jump

Karl Hawke (GOLD) 1.87m/6-1.5

M45 High Jump

Thomas Vanzandt (SILVER) 1.78m/5-10

M65 Hammer

Ed Burke (SILVER) 50.41m165-4

George Mathews (BRONZE) 48.49m/159-1


W55 10 km Race Walk

Marianne Martino (BRONZE) 59:18.00

M50 Long Jump

Greg Petrosian (GOLD) 6.32m/20-9


W50 Discus


Carol Finsrud (GOLD) 42.70m/140-1


W80 200 m


Sumi Onodera-Leonard (SILVER) 48:77


M55 Shot Put


Tom Muller (BRONZE) 14.10m/46-3.25


W70 200 m


Jean Daprano (BRONZE) 37.03

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