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244 Team USA masters athletes, including 16 defending world champions, headed to Perth to compete in the WMA Championships

10/13/2016
 

PERTH, AUSTRALIA -- 244 Team USA athletes, age 35-90+, are headed to Perth, Australia, to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships October 26-November 6. The USA team includes 16 returning world champions and 20 national age group champions. Team USA joins the meet’s over 4000 athletes and 90 countries.


Among women on the team, Hall of Famers Kathy Martin (65) in distances, Joy Upshaw (55) in hurdles and jumps, and Jeanne Daprano (80) in sprints and middle distances (first woman 70+ to break 7 in mile) are set to take down world age records and go for gold in their new divisions.


Among the men, Australian native now competing for Team USA, Roger Pierce (72), is excited to return to race for sprint medals on home turf. Bill Collins (65) continues his inspirational recovery, a remarkable story, from life threatening Guillain-Barre syndrome, once again setting world marks and now competing in a new age group. Gary Patton (70), double 2011 Sacramento WMA winner, will attempt a triple in his new age division.


Throwers Ralph Fruguglietti (61), last year’s WMA Lyon winner, again does the discus; and Carol Finsrud (59), American record holder and past Olympic Trials qualifier, is competing in five throws events.


The team also includes two competitors in their 90’s: Dixon Hemphill (91) in five events, and Shirley Dietderich (90) in four.


Last year, at the World Masters Athletics (WMA) Outdoor Championships in Lyon, France, Team USA won 57 golds and 160 medals overall. The American team set six world records, four individual and two relays.


This year’s Team USA, making the 30-hour, 11,000+ mile (from NYC) flight “down under,” again expects to be among the top contenders both for individual and relay titles, as well as for gold and overall medal counts by country. Athletes will display lifetime fitness and health regardless of age as the world’s best masters track and field athletes. Events include the full range of runs, jumps, and throws.


The delegation and team will be headed by outgoing USA Masters Track and Field Chair Gary Snyder, who oversaw team arrangements and coordinated liaison with WMA and USATF. Other U.S. representatives to the WMA General Assembly include long-time USA international experts and leaders Rex Harvey and Carroll Deweese. Competition team managers are Phil Greenwald (Stadia) and Mary Rosado (non-stadia).


USA TEAM MEMBERS WMA Perth USA Entries 2016 | 244 Athletes and 594 planned events, including city and age -- compiled by USATF: http://www.weinerpublic.com/2016WmaEntries.xlsx; http://www.weinerpublic.com/2016WmaEntries3.xlsx


COMPETITION EVENT SCHEDULE:

Oct. 26-31 | Nov. 1-6

 

COMPETITION VENUES:

STADIA: WA Athletics Stadium (WAAS), Stephenson Street, Mount Claremont; Erin Clark Athletic Centre, Wharf Street, Cannington


NON-STADIA: Marathon and Half: Banks of Swan River, from WA Water Sports Clubrooms and back. Road Walking: Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat. Cross Country: Alderbury and Perry Lakes Reserves, Floreat, near main stadium, Mt. Claremont


For more information, including the full WMA preview, please visit weinerpublic.com.


Contributed by Bob Weiner, USATF Masters Media Chair

301-283-0821, U.S.

202-329-1700, Australia

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