2008 Olympian Walter Dix makes USATF Masters debut

07/15/2017 - 18:34

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Two-time 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix made his USATF Masters debut on Friday, representing the young end of the masters meet spectrum, at USATF Masters Outdoor Championships at LSU.

Dix (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is looking to extend his athletic legacy into the USATF Masters circuit with his first foray into the national outdoor championships. The 31-year-old took off from the gun and was unstoppable in the M30 100m preliminary heat, clocking in at an impressive 10.32.

The first record of the meet was set by Khalid Mulazim (Cleveland, Ohio) of Southwest Sprinters Track Club, blasting through the M50 400m to take gold in a world record time of 51.13. Mulazim’s time usurps Fred Sowerby’s 1999 record of 51.39.

Current world record holder in the M45 age group, Allen Woodard (Houston, Texas), easily overtook his 400m competition in 49.71. While Charmaine Roberts (Beltsville, Maryland) of Athena Track Club, fell just a half-millisecond short of the 400m W50-54 American record, but still captured gold in 61.95.

USATF Masters Hall of Famer Rita Hanscom (San Diego, California) ran a fast 15.84 in the W60 80m hurdles before rain threatened to suspend competition.

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