Foto Valdis Cela in Stendal (by Kerstin Wille)
In Wipperfuerth, Germany, Wolfgang Ritte made first-attempt clearances of 4.0 and 4.05 meters. By breaking American John Altendorf’s listed M65-WR of 3.89, he becomes the oldest man to go about 4 meters. In 2015, he improved the European record in the age group M50 in the pole vault. Since 2010 he has been recorded as the world’s best pole vaulter in M55 to M65, both indoor and outdoor stadia.
The Latvian Valdis Cela broke in the Hanse Cup in Stendal, Germany. with 8142 Points in the decathlon M70 the listed mark of 7940 by German Rolf Geese. This makes him the first man over 70 to pass the 8000 points mark in the decathlon. Valdis’ marks were 14.50 in 100 m, 4.57 in long jump, 10.64 in shot put (4 kg), 1.45 in high jump, 70.53 in 400 m, 14.27 in 80-meter hurdles, 30.55 in discus, 33.84 in javelin and 6: 25.93 in 1500 m.
Ten years after their world record in heptathlon in the age group W65 Marianne Maier has set a women’s 75 shot put world record with a put of 11.80 meters. She improved the previous WMA outdoor record of Briton Evaun Williams by 70 centimeters.
Just in December, shortly after her 75th birthday, she broke the W75 indoor world record in the shot put with a width of 11.74 meters.
Strong performance by Hubert Indra at the Italian Masters Championships in Arezzo (ITA). The Italian decathlete set a new M60 world record with 8,202 points. Thus, he improved the previous record by 79 points, set up in 2014 in Stendal by German Wolfgang Ritte (8,123). The athlete from South Tyrol achieved in addition to the M60 world record three Italian records in the high jump (1.66 m), in 100m hurdles (15.60 seconds) and in the pole vault (3.80 m). In the 1980s, Hubert Indra won three times the decathlon Italian title, 13 times with the national team and set two Italian records.