Indoor sprint, outdoor long distance
At 10 o’clock the 10-km run started in sunshine and pleasant temperatures. The turning course led over wide sidewalks. Manuel Angel PENAS BLANCO (M40, ESP) was the first to reach the finish line in 31:11 minutes. The fastest woman was Ewa JAGIELSKA (W35, POL). She clocked in 34:21 minutes.. The oldest world champions in the 10km race were Angelo SQUADRONE (M90, ITA, 1:18:45) and Heide MOEBIUS (W80, USA, 1:00:27). Angela Copson (W70, GBR), awarded as EMA’s Best 2018 in the category long distance, won in 45:47. She was even faster than the World Champion in W65.
A runner contrast program to the 10 km were the 60m in the arena. Two world records were set. First, Pekka PENTTILÄ (M95, FIN) marked with 12.57 a new world record M95. The second world record set Irene OBERA (W85, USA) with 12.28. Even the vice-world champion W85 Emma MAZZENGA from Italy was with 12.48 faster then the existing world record 12.57 from Nora Wedemo (SWE).
In the pentathlon, the Germans Willi Klaus and Rolf GEESE broke world records in M80 and M75. Geese (M75) scored 4443 and Klaus (M80) 4540 points. The award ceremonies in the pentathlon will be held on the following day.
Text and photos by Alfred Hermes