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Lewis Shatters World Record at 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Championships

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07/23/2010 - 08:14

USAMasterslogo.jpg SACRAMENTO - Oneithea "Neni" Lewis set a world age-group record in the women's hammer throw Thursday at the 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif. The event runs through Sunday.

Throughout the Championships, many of the world's best athletes ages 30-96 will demonstrate speed, power, skill and endurance, showing that age is no barrier to lifetime fitness and competition. The Spanos Sports Complex was the site of the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field, and will play host to the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships, July 6-17.

Amazing series leads to world record for Lewis

Oneitha Lewis fouled on her first attempt in the W50 hammer throw competition, and knew that she had to come through on at least one of her remaining five attempts to win the competition. She did much more than that.

Each of her remaining five throws bettered the listed American record of 48.18m/158-1 set by Vanessa Hilliard in 1996, and three of those tosses sailed further than the listed world record of 51.73m/169-8 by M-Leena Parviainen of Australia in 2002.

Lewis, who also owns the world hammer throw records in the W40 and W45 age groups, saved her best for last in posting the new W50 hammer world record of 55.46m/181-11 on her final throw to win the competition easily. Look for Lewis to also compete in the shot put and discus in Sacramento.

Also in women's hammer throw competition, the amazing Flo Meiler of Shelbourne, Vt., who owns the world indoor and outdoor pole vault records in the W75 age-group, set the American record with a toss of 21.25 meters/69 feet 9 inches, which improved upon the previous record of 20.66m/67-9 by Bernice Holland in 2002. Meiler is entered in 11 events this week in Sacramento.

Harada, Blecker set 5,000m records

The gun went off for the first event of the Championships (W55-79 5,000m) at 7 a.m. this morning and that event produced the first record-setting performance of the meet as Masters Hall of Famer Mary Harada of West Newbury, Mass., set the American W75 age-group record when she finished first in 26:55.11. Her performance bettered the previous AR of 27:10.76 by Algene Williams in 1991. Harada, who lowered the W75 mile AR twice last month, is also entered in the 800m and 1,500m.

Also in the 5,000m, Rick Blecker of Club Northwest set a new American record with his win in the M55 age group with his time of 16:14.55. His performance bettered the previous listed standard of 16:27.1 set by James O'Neill in 1981.

In women's pentathlon action, U.S. champions included Rachel Guest (W35-3,225 points), Carly Senn-Griffiths (W45-3,478), Betsy Westman (W50-1,972), Kay Glynn (W55-3,540), Rhona Trott (W60-3,319) and Jane Simpson (W65-1,260).

Men's pentathlon winners were Michael Janusey (M50-3,452 points), Larry Rodenbeck (M60-3,058), Hiroshi Tarumi (M65-2,883), Emil Pawlik (M70-3,354), Bill Jankovich (M75-2,586), William Platts (M80-3,294), Bill Carter (M85-1,769) and Bill Maxwell, who set an American M90 record with his total of 2,629 points.

For more information on the 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Championships, including the complete results, visit: www.usatf.org.