World age group records tumble in Birmingham

Rosemary Chrimes among athletes to break records at the British Masters Track and Field Championships

Rosemary Chrimes (Jeremy Hemming)

Six new world age group records were set at the 43rd staging of the British Masters Track and Field Championships and five of them were shared by the venerable pair of Rosemary Chrimes and Evaun Williams.

Chrimes, the 1970 Commonwealth Games discus champion who also made the final of the 1972 Olympic Games, came out on top in four W80 events at the Alexander Stadium, setting world records in the high jump at 1.07m and her specialty discus at 24.11m, she was, however, most pleased with her 100m win in 19.75.

Williams, five years younger, is now breaking Chrimes’ W75 records and herself set three new world bests in javelin, hammer and weight. Her best was a 38.34m hammer mark.

The only track world record came from Angela Copson, whose 20:10.09 cut three seconds from her own 5000m mark, a fortnight before she attempts a new W65 marathon record in Berlin.

There were also a host of British records including an M70 5000m best from Martin Ford, at 18:33.85, which was also a new European best.

» See the September 19 issue of AW for a full British Masters Track and Field Championships report including results and pictures

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