M50 Italian quartet break 4 x 100m World Record

News of various European and world masters records set by non-British athletes during April-June

Written by Bridget Cushen on 22/06/2015

One of the oldest European records (45.42sec) held by the British sprint team of Ron Taylor, Dave Burton, Fred Taylor and Bill Guy set at the European Veterans Track & Field Championships in Malmo in 1986, has finally been broken by an Italian squad Giancarlo D’Oro, Alfonso de Feo, Roberto Barontini and Paolo Mazzocconi in 44.65sec during a special invitational Masters event at the IAAF Golden Gala in Rome on 4 June.

The previous World record (44.77sec) was still credited to the USA team of Frey, James, Fulton and Barnwell set in April 2009. Val Barnwell failed an Anti-Doping test during the World Masters Track & Field Championships in Lathi that August, given a two year ban and stripped of his individual sprint titles and the relay medals. Top European Female Masters Athlete of the Year, Irie Hill, set a W45 Pole Vault World Record 3.65m at a Meeting in Switzerland.

W55 Silke Schmidt from Germany has run herself into the record books again with a 36.53.81sec 10,000m World Record on 2 May, following her fantastic 4.54.56sec 1500m WR run in Holland last September.

Genowefa Patia, Poland, set a W50 45.27m WR javelin throw (Outdoor) during the EMA Indoor Championships in Torun. Gonny Mik, Netherlands, W50 Weight Throw (17.19m) at the same Championships, is also an ER.

Klaus Albers of Germany set a M75 European Record in the Weigh Throw (20.06m) at a meeting in Bremerhaven in April.