90-plus-year-old men set 3 world relay records at USATF Masters

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Four men at least 90 years old composed a relay team for the first time in history to set three world records at the USA Track and Field Masters Outdoor Championships on Sunday.

Champion Goldy Sr., 97, Orville Rogers, 96, Roy Englert, 92, and Charles Ross, 91, ran a 4x100m relay in 2 minutes, 22.37 seconds at the Winston-Salem, N.C., meet. Charles Boyle, 91, stepped in for Goldy in the 4x400m and the 4x800m, where they ran 12:41.69 and 28:17.10, respectively, according to USA Track and Field. (Ages for Boyle and Englert are different on the results pages, 90 and 91, respectively).

“The crowd rose to its feet with applause and cheers,” and the end of their 4x400m, the final track event of the meet, USATF wrote in a press release.

Here’s video of their 4x100m.

https://twitter.com/chrisnickinson/status/490921816831950848/

Features have been written on all of the runners.

Goldy was a Methodist minister who began his track career in his 70s and said his goal was to run the 100m when he was 100, according to the Edmonton Journal in 2005.

“When I get up in the morning and look at the obituaries and don’t find my name there, that’s good.”

Rogers set six Masters world records over three days last year, 11 months after suffering a stroke, according to USATF.

“I went skydiving after my 90th birthday. I wanted to go solo, but I think the instructor was afraid of my age, so I had to go dual.” Rogers said laughing.

Englert began running in his basement for exercise at age 50 and didn’t compete until his 60s, according to the Washington Post in 2009.

Englert was born in Nashville in 1922, participated with the Navy in the D-Day invasion at Normandy during World War II, went to Columbia Law School, worked for the Treasury Department and retired in 1996.

“The most frustrating thing is I get slower every year and I really don’t know why,” he said, smiling. “I train all the time.”

Ross fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and is in the Army Ranger Hall of Fame, according to MastersTrack.com.

Boyle spent 32 years at NASA and has written a space adventure novel and a children’s picture book, according to WALK! magazine in 2007.

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Carissa Moore the latest Olympian to receive Sullivan Award

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Carissa Moore, who won surfing’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, joined a long list of gold medalists to receive the Sullivan Award, which has honored an outstanding U.S. athlete outside of major professional sports (usually NCAA or an Olympian) since 1930.

The other finalists were Olympic wrestler Jordan Burroughs, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young, NCAA Softball Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo and NCAA Baseball Player of the Year Ivan Melendez.

Moore followed her Olympic title in 2021 by finishing second in the season-long World Surf League, upset by Australian Stephanie Gilmore in the finals in September. Most of the 2024 Olympic spots will be determined by next season’s World Surf League standings.

She is the first surfer to win the Sullivan Award.

Past honorees include Michael PhelpsCarl Lewis and Eric Heiden.

The Sullivan Award “recognizes the outstanding athlete whose athletic accomplishments are complemented by qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Olympians/Paralympians to win Sullivan Award since 2000
2022: Carissa Moore (Surfing)
2021: Simone Biles (Gymnastics) and Caeleb Dressel (Swimming)
2018: Kyle Snyder (Wrestling)
2016: Breanna Stewart (Basketball, shared award)
2013: Missy Franklin (Swimming)
2011: Evan Lysacek (Figure Skating)
2009: Shawn Johnson (Gymnastics)
2007: Jessica Long (Swimming, Paralympics)
2005: Paul Hamm (Gymnastics)
2004: Michael Phelps (Swimming)
2003: Sarah Hughes (Figure Skating)
2002: Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating)
2001: Rulon Gardner (Wrestling)

Long jumper accused of false information to get Olympic spot

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A long jumper and two officials from Albania could face bans after they were accused of submitting false information that helped the athlete get a spot at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said Friday it had charged long jumper Izmir Smajlaj, Albanian track federation president Gjegj Ruli and the federation’s general secretary Nikolin Dionisi with disciplinary offenses over a competition held in Albania in May 2021, two months before the Tokyo Olympics. They are all provisionally suspended until the case is resolved.

Smajlaj was named as the competition winner with a national-record jump of 8.16 meters.

“It is alleged that false information was submitted to World Athletics and the AIU in support of this competition result,” the AIU said.

Smajlaj’s result wasn’t good enough to qualify for the Olympics outright, but he got a place under the “universality” rule that allows countries to send one male and female athlete to the Olympic track events. Those athletes still have to provide evidence they have met a certain standard to compete.

Smajlaj jumped 7.86 meters at the Olympics as he failed to qualify for the final.

The AIU said in September that Albania was one of seven countries on a “competition manipulation watch list” along with Turkey, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.

It’s not the first time Tokyo Olympic qualifiers have allegedly been manipulated. Swimming’s world governing body FINA said last year there was “nefarious behavior” around two swim meets in Uzbekistan just before the Olympics and refused to recognize the results. An Indian swimmer who took part in one of the meets said the results were faked and that he had been offered a bribe to keep quiet.

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