EMACI 2022 – MEDAL SHOWER ON SATURDAY
1.500 m: Photo of the display in “ALTICE FORUM BRAGA”
On the penultimate day of the European Championships on 26.02.2022, the athletes set a number of new records. The first of all was 91-year-old Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel!
- 1.500 W90 11:38.34 Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel/GER World Record
More Records of the Day
- 200m W80 36.93 Rietje Dijkman (NED) European R
- 200m W60 28.58 Alexis Nicole (FRA) European R
- 200m M55 24.07 Claudio Fausti (ITA) European R
- 60mH M45 08.20 Mensah Elliott (GBR) European R
- 60mH W65 10.39 Jane Horder (GBR) European R
Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel Rewrites the World Record List
Photo 1500m W70+ (A.H)
The world record list does not yet list a 1500m best in W90. So Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel definitely set a new world record mark in the unrivalled race if she reached the finish. She did so with flying colours, setting the mark very high at 11:38.34. This is shown by the comparison with the 1500m outdoor world record in W90 by Lenore Montgomery CAN (12:34.67), which Melitta beat by almost a minute indoors.
Record Breaker Antje Rietje
Antje Rietje from the Netherlands set her third European record at EMACI (long jump WR, ER and 60m ER) in the 200m race of the age group W80 with a time of 36.93 after the long jump and the 60m. The old European record was 39.13, set by Kathleen Stewart of Brittany. The world record 35.66 is held by Kathy Bergen USA.
Record Holders on the Trail of New Records
The women’s 1500m start list includes illustrious names that are still currently on the world record list. These include Clare Elms (GBR), Anne Gilshinan (IRL, W55 4:46.10), Angela Copson (GBR, W70 5:49.12) and twice Melitta Czerwenka-Nagel (GER, W75 6:47.04, W80 8:47.83).
The European champions Caroline Powell (W65, GBR) and Alexis Nicole (W60, FRA) ran excellent 200m times in 31.53 and 28.58 respectively. Alexis Nicole improved the W60 European record set by Caroline Powell. The world record of 28.23 is still held by Canada’s Karla Del Grande.
Jane Horder (W65, GBR) improved the 60mH European record W65 by 0.50 seconds. She is the world record holder in W60 with 9.80. Olga Becker (W60, GER) missed this time by one hundredth of a second with 9.81.
Petra Bajeat (FRA) became European champion in the 60m hurdles W55 with 9.72 . The time was close to her own European record 9.64 from December 2021.
Jochen Gippert’s Tragic Championships
Jochen Gippert (GER) was unlucky in the championships. He had come to the event with ambitious and achievable goals: to defend his 200m M45 world record and to break the 7-second mark in the 60m sprint. As the fastest in the heats, his plan seemed to be working. But at the start of the 60m race, his starting block slipped and he had to struggle to avoid a fall. In the 200m race, he was tied with his great rival Dominic Bradley (GBR) 30m from the finish when a pulled calf caused him to fall. Tragic! But he kept his world record 22.46 as Dominic Bradley clocked in at 22.69 seconds.
Outdoor Competitions on Saturday
In the pentathlon M55+ Marco Claudio Mastrolorenzi (M60, ITA) with 4103 and Vytautas Zaniauskas (M60, LTU) with 4092 points exceeded the four thousand mark. The 5km walkers on MONTE PICOTO were delighted with the beautiful flat course with a beautiful view of Braga. At the 1° DE MAIO stadium, the M50+ javelin throwers competed. The following results were particularly impressive: M80 Jouni Tenhu FIN 40.52; M55 Federico Battistutta ITA 52.40; M50 Petri Satto FIN 57.23.