JYVASKYLA, Finland – Over the first two days of the World Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, Team USA set four world records en route to a total of 16 medals. Competition continues Thursday and runs through Sunday from Central Finland.
Phil Rascker, Robert Lida, Bill Collins and Jeanne Daprano all picked up where they left off at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in March as each set world records for the second consecutive competition at the World Indoor Championships. Raschker (W65) set a world record in the pentathlon with a new mark of 4713, Daprano (W75) set the world record in the 800m in 3:16.21, while Lida (M75) and Collins (M60) each set world marks in the 60m with times of 8.56 and 7.59, respectively.
Raschker initially set the world record in the pentathlon at the USA Indoor Championships while Collins did the same in the 60m and Lida set the world mark in the 400m. Daprano set world marks in the 400m, 800m and mile en route to winning USATF Athlete of the Week honors.
The gold medals were four of a total of six gold medals for the U.S. through the first portion of the meet. Also mining gold was Lorraine Jasper (W50) in the 800m with a time of 2:28.31 and Ed Burke (M70) in the weight throw with a mark of 19.48m/63-11.
The U.S. also picked up eight silver medals and a pair of bronze medals. Winning silver medals were: Rita Hanscom (W55) in the pentathlon with a score of 3933; Rachel Guest (W35) in the pentathlon with a score of 3405; Burke (M70) in the hammer throw with a mark of 51.24m/168-1; Jeferson Souza (M35) in the pentathlon with a score of 3450, Noel Ruebel (M55) in the pentathlon with a score of 3871, Raschker (W65) in the 60m with a time of 9.36, Mary Harada (W75) in the 800m in 4:10.30 and Menka Scott (W45) won silver in the 60m in a time of 8.42.
Carla Hoppie (W55) won a bronze medal in the pentathlon with a score of 3243 and Coreen Steinbach (W60) did the same in the 800m with a time of 2:51.71.
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2012 World Masters Indoor Medal Table
Gold Medals (6)
Phil Raschker (W65), pentathlon, 4713 (WR)
Lorraine Jasper (W50), 800m, 2:28.31
Robert Lida (M75), 60m, 8.56 (WR)
Bill Collins (M60), 60m, 7.59 (WR)
Ed Burke (M70), weight throw, 19.48m/63-11
Jeanne Daprano (W75), 800m, 3:16.21 (WR)
Silver Medals (8)
Rita Hanscom (W55), pentathlon, 3933
Rachel Guest (W35), pentathlon, 3405
Ed Burke (M70), hammer throw, 51.24m/168-1
Jeferson Souza (M35), pentathlon, 3450
Noel Ruebel (M55), pentathlon, 3871
Phil Raschker (W65), 60m, 9.36
Mary Harada (W75), 800m, 4:10.30
Menka Scott (W45), 60m, 8.42
Bronze Medals (2)
Carla Hoppie (W55), pentathlon, 3243
Coreen Steinbach (W60), 800m, 2:51.71