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2008 Olympian Walter Dix makes USATF Masters debut and Mulazim sets new world record on Day 2 of USATF Masters Outdoor Championships


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Two-time 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix made his USATF Masters debut on Friday, representing the young end of the masters meet spectrum, at USATF Masters Outdoor Championships at LSU.

Dix (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is looking to extend his athletic legacy into the USATF Masters circuit with his first foray into the national outdoor championships. The 31-year-old took off from the gun and was unstoppable in the M30 100m preliminary heat, clocking in at an impressive 10.32. Dix will continue his journey to gold tomorrow in the final at 2:09 p.m. local time.

On demand video of today’s events is available on USATF.TV+. Click here for full results.

The first record of the meet was set by Khalid Mulazim (Cleveland, Ohio) of Southwest Sprinters Track Club, blasting through the M50 400m to take gold in a world record time of 51.13. Mulazim’s time usurps Fred Sowerby’s 1999 record of 51.39.

Current world record holder in the M45 age group, Allen Woodard (Houston, Texas), easily overtook his 400m competition in 49.71. While Charmaine Roberts (Beltsville, Maryland) of Athena Track Club, fell just a half-millisecond short of the 400m W50-54 American record, but still captured gold in 61.95.

USATF Masters Hall of Famer Rita Hanscom (San Diego, California) ran a fast 15.84 in the W60 80m hurdles before rain threatened to suspend competition.

Inclement weather progressed and several events were rescheduled for tomorrow. The existing Saturday schedule will run as advertised, with the remaining hurdles heats from Friday running on the infield starting at 8:00 a.m. Hammer throw is moved to 7:00 a.m. and women’s weight throw will now start at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Saturday, 101-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins will descend upon LSU in a must-see 100m world record attempt. Hawkins, who lives in Baton Rouge, is the oldest living female competitor in track & field. The centenarian will race at 1:00 p.m. local time. Watch live on USATF.TV +PLUS.

In addition, 92-year-old Dixon Hemphill (Fairfax Station, Virginia) will continue his dominance at Masters Outdoor Championships with the 100m at 2:33 p.m.

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Onsite media contacts:

Ashley Mitchell

USATF Marketing & Communications Manager


Bob Weiner

USATF National Masters Media Director

Cell: 202.306.1200

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