INDIANAPOLIS – Four athletes that set world records at the recent USA Indoor Championships will highlight Team USA in Jyvaskyla, Finland, for the World Masters Indoor Championships slated for April 3-8.
After setting world records at the USA Championships March 15-17 in Bloomington, Ind., Jeanne Daprano (W75), Phil Raschker (W65), Robert Lida (M75) and Bill Collins (M60) will all look for similar performances at the World Masters Indoor Championships.
Daprano set a total of three world records and one American record during the USA Indoor Championships. Daprano smashed the W75 world record in the mile by more than 50 seconds with her personal best of 7:13.51 and became the first women over the age of 75 to run under eight-minutes in the mile. She also set world marks in the 400m (1:21.28) and 800m (3:18.48) and set the American record in the 200m (36.53). For her efforts, Daprano was named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week following the Championships.
Raschker bettered the world record in the pentathlon with her score of 4,670 points. She also set a world record in the W65 pentathlon 60m hurdles. Consistently competing in a wide range of events, Raschker will compete in the 60m, 60m hurdles, 200m, 400m, high jump, long jump, pole vault, triple jump and pentathlon at the World Championships.
Lida shaved more than two seconds off the world record in the 400m by running a time of 1:03.90 along with setting another world record in the 200m of 27.86. Collins will be running his second meet following a ten-month battle with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which left him frail and unable to walk for a period. He returned in Bloomington to set a world record in the 60m with a time of 7.58 and ran a leg on the world-record-setting Houston Elite 4x200m relay team in 1:41.53.
Also slated to compete will be Kathryn Martin (W60), who has recently set American records in the 5 km, 10 km, 20 km, half marathon, marathon and 50 km distances.
Other notable names that will be competing in Finland include 2009 World Masters Athletics Athlete of the Year Rita Hanscom (W55), reigning World Masters Outdoor 200m and 400m champion Antwon Dussett (M35) and American 3,000m record holder Nolan Shaheed (M60).
The World Masters Indoor Championships will feature athletes in ages ranging from 30-95+. For more information continue to see www.usatf.org.