Flo and Christel. 80-84 heptathlon 800 meters. France. 2015.
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Flo Meiler, 81, of Shelburne, Vermont, left, crosses the finish line of the 800 meters, the final (and painful) event of the second day, ahead of Cristel Donley, right, 80, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, winning the 80-84 age division of the women's combined events, or heptathlon, and setting a new (pending, awaiting ratification) W80 world record on August 5, 2015 at the Laurent Gérin stadium in Venissieux, France during the 2015 World Masters Athletics Championships.
The Championships, which include track & field events (as well as race walking, marathon, cross country, half marathon and combined events) contested by athletes of 35 ages and over divided into 5-year age divisions, are being held at multiple locations in Lyon, France from August 4 through 16, 2015.
The second day of heptathlon competition includes the long jump, javelin and the 800 meter run. Combined events are scored using an international point table, and masters scores are age-graded so they are comparable across age ranges.
Meiler's score of 5730 broke the published existing world record of 4623 points in the W80 division, set by Johnnye Valien of California. Meiler's score still needs to be ratified to be official. Donley, who finished second with 5135 points had also broken the record with a performance earlier in 2015.
The two women were the only competitors in their age division. They were also the oldest competitors in their particular event.
photo by Angela Jimenez for The New York Times
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