Sprinter Karla Del Grande of Toronto won a gold medal and set a world age-group record of 1:08.39 in the W65 400m at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships in Toruń, Poland yesterday. The new mark is almost two seconds faster than the existing record of 1:10.34 set by Jeanette Flynn of Australia in 2017.
Del Grande holds multiple world records on the track, including the indoor W60 60m and 200m, and the outdoor W60 and W65 100m and 200m.
We reached Del Grande by Facebook message today. “This meet is a wonderful experience of athletics competition with longtime friends and new friends from around the world, who understand what it takes to train and compete in this sport that we love,” she told us. “We compete with passion and treasure the friendships with our competitors. We are kids at heart who enjoy and appreciate what our bodies can do as we age.”
Competition continues until Saturday.