Day 7 – Thank you, Mike Powell

This Championship is a little more special than most. Masters Athletes participating in World Masters Championships are used to the camaraderie, competing with athletes over 70 and new to an event, Olympians and athletes who have set a multitude of WMA records. Nobody can recall ever having a current World Record holder participate. Mike Powell, M55, USA, competed in Barcelona ’92 and Atlanta ’96, in addition to setting the current World Record in an epic battle with Carl Lewis at the 1991 IAAF Championship. Mike greeted athletes at the Opening Ceremony plus has been taking in the competitions as well as talking to many of his fellow Masters Athletes.

WMA President, Margit Jungmann, with Mike Powell posing for one of the many photos he had with people at this Championship.

Long Jump at Ratina Stadium

The M55 competition between current WMA recordholder, Gianni Becatti, ITA and current World Record holder Mike, was much anticipated.

20k Racewalk

A little rain can fall even a special event like this. A lot of a little rain didn’t stop 135 racewalkers from competing today in the 20k racewalk.

Throws Pentathlon at TESC

Pole Vault at Ratina Stadium

Photo: Alex Rotas

High Jump at Ratina Stadium

Aycan Kurtcan, W50, TUR, during an attempt enroute to her gold medal jump.