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Obera masters golds, records win her USATF Athlete of the Week


Irene Obera (Fremont, California) won five gold medals and set three world masters records at the WMA indoor championships in Torun, Poland, to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


Obera, 85, set world records in the women’s 85 division of the 60m (12.28) and 200m (44.18), and was part of Team USATF’s 80+ 4x200m relay that set a WR of 3:18.43. She also won the 85 division 60m hurdles and long jump, and added silver medals in the 400m, triple jump and shot put. Those medals brought her career total in WAVA/WMA championships to 73, 49 of them gold.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Olivia Gruver — The NCAA outdoor champion for Kentucky last season, Gruver opened her University of Washington career with an outdoor collegiate record 4.73m/15-6.25 to win the women’s pole vault at the Stanford Invitational.

Matthew Boling — Boling became the No. 7 all-time prep long jumper, spanning 26-3.5 at the Texas Relays. Boling also won the 100 in a windy 10.20 and anchored his Houston Strake Jesuit team to a 40.86 victory in the 4x100.

Emily Sisson — Sisson moved to third on the all-time U.S. women’s 10,000m list with a 30:49.57 at Stanford, the fastest time in the world in 2019.

Charles Allie — Running in the men’s 70+ division at the WMA indoor championships, Allie blasted to a world record 26.11 in the 200m, smashing his own WR of 26.45 and winning by more than two seconds.

Heide Moebius — Moebius won three gold medals in WMA Non-Stadia competition in Poland, taking top honors in the women’s 80+ cross country, 10K road race and half marathon.


Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera.


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