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RE: Frank Meza 2:53:10 at LA Marathon (70 years old) unoffical time (just finished)

YMMV wrote:

I was going to write more, but +1 will do. wrote:

Florida Fan1 wrote:

I would love to see Dr Meza run a sub 19 in a single flat course 5k. Just one.


On a track, where he can be observed the whole way at an accurate distance.

Late to this discussion, but +2.

If it seems too good to be true...

Also, just so posters here know, it's laughable for some posters to use the fact that he was a licensed physician as evidence of good moral character.

This is great stuff. I have known some masters athletes who were real headcases--guys who would get over-zealous, to settle "unfinished business" they had left over FROM HIGH SCHOOL. And these people are 70+.

Masters track makes me shudder. I only ran open races, and haven't ran any since the year in which I no longer had a semi-legitimate shot at actually medaling in local races. This year will be my first year running in a slower division, should I choose to run. I would be proud to run against maybe 13-14-year-old's, but not exclusively against a bunch of masters. In my experience, masters track athletes tend to have..."issues".

The guy could easily get on the track and provide verification, if he's for real. Easily, given those mid-marathon 5k splits. Everybody knows who he is. It doesn't even need to be an official race, just have credible observers. I'm sure some of the LR community would volunteer.

When an athlete bucks the trend that is everybody else, when they reverse their own course, when they PR when they shouldn't, and when that PR is a WR, it is a screaming red flag, like Demerritt's 2012 110mH season and 12.80 WR. I don't know enough about this guy to say whether he presents the same situation, but it sure sounds like he might.

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