Opening Ceremonies for the World Masters Track and Field Championships
SACRAMENTO, CA - The opening ceremonies for the World Masters Track and Field Championships was a parade of flags and costumes full of athletes beaming with pride at Hornets Stadium Tuesday evening.
PHOTOS: Track and Field World Masters
The championships will feature the top athletes in the world ages 35 and over from 93 countries. Of the 4,800 expected athletes, more than 1,900 from the United States will compete.
Canada with the second largest team with 215.
Some of the top athletes who will compete in the games include South African Zola Budd Pieterse, and Americans Willie Banks, the former world record holder in the triple jump, and sprinter and former NFL star Willie Gault, who won a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears, and currently holds the world record for the 100m for the men's 50-54 age bracket.
Some of the top local athletes competing, according the Sacramento Sports Commission include:
- Liz Palmer (Folsom), favorites in the W50 sprints and hurdles.
- Kevin Morning (Roseville), M45 200 meters- former world record holder and gold medal winner 1997 and 2001 WMA Championships.
- John Mansoor (El Dorado Hills), M55 distance events - race director of the California International Marathon.
- Rod Jett (Sacramento), Hurdler - track coach at Jesuit High.
The competition begins on Wednesday, July 6 and runs until Sunday, July 17.