Four SA athletes break masters world records

Updated: November 11, 2016

The national team returned home with 45 medals this week after delivering a superb all-round performance, which included four world records, at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Australia.

South Africa finished eighth in the table at the 22nd edition of the age group event, which came to a close last weekend, earning a total of 45 medals (19 gold, 17 silver and nine bronze).

Hosts Australia ended top of the standings after raking in 469 medals.

In the women’s 70-74 age group, Alette Ungerer set a world record of 1:13.97 in the 400m sprint, smashing the previous mark of 1:15.81.

Else Meyer achieved a new 20km walk standard of 2:10:58, bettering the previous time of 2:12:27 in the same age division, and another walker, Vey Hildegard, shattered the 75-79 global standard in the 20km race in 2:33:39, covering the distance more than six minutes faster than the previous mark of 2:39:46.

Burton Haupt, competing in the men’s 54-59 age group, achieved a throws pentathlon world record of 4 800 points, adding 23 points to the previous international standard.

In total, SA athletes also broke 22 national records at the 11-day event.

* A full list of South African medallists is available in our Results section