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244 On Team USA Headed To Perth To Compete In World Masters Track Oct. 26 To Nov. 6 (USA on-site trackside interviews welcome)

PERTH, Australia and WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Ages 35-90+, USA's 16 Returning World Champions, 20 National Age Group Winners, Among Meet's 4000 Athletes, 90 Countries

244 Team USA athletes, age 35-90+, are headed to Perth, Australia, to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships October 26-November 6. The USA team includes 16 returning world champions and 20 national age group champions. Team USA joins the meet's over 4000 athletes and 90 countries.

Hall of Famers Kathy Martin (65) in distances, Joy Upshaw (55) in hurdles and jumps, and Jeanne Daprano (80) in sprints and middle distances (first woman 70+ to break 7 in mile) are set to assault world age records and go for gold in their new divisions.

Among men, Australian native now USA star, Roger Pierce (72), is excited to return to race for sprint medals on home turf. Bill Collins (65) continues his inspirational and remarkable recovery from life threatening Guillain-Barre syndrome, once again setting world marks and now competing in a new age group. Gary Patton (70), double 2011 Sacramento Worlds winner, will attempt a triple in his new age.

Throwers Ralph Fruguglietti (61), last year's WMA Lyon winner, again does the discus; and Carol Finsrud (59), American record holder and past Olympic Trials qualifier, is competing in five throws.

TWO COMPETITORS IN THEIR 90's: Dixon Hemphill (91) in five events, and Shirley Dietderich (90) in four.

Last year, at the World Masters Athletics (WMA) Outdoor Championships in Lyon, France, Team USA won 57 golds and 160 medals. The American team set six world records.

This year's Team USA, making the 30-hour, 11,000+ mile (from NYC) flight "down under," again expects to be among the top contenders for Gold among the world's best masters athletes.

The delegation is headed by outgoing USA Masters Track&Field Chair Gary Snyder. Other USA representatives to the WMA General Assembly: Rex Harvey and Carroll Deweese. Competition managers are Phil Greenwald (Stadia) and Mary Rosado (non-stadia).

DRUG TESTING: Athletes are subject to WMA and WADA drug guidelines and testing.

USA TEAM MEMBERS WMA Perth USA Entries 2016 (http://www.weinerpublic.com/2016WmaEntries.xlsx ) | 244 Athletes and 594 planned events, including city and age (http://www.weinerpublic.com/2016WmaEntries3.xlsx ) -- compiled by USA Track & Field; URLS: http://www.weinerpublic.com/2016WmaEntries.xlsx ; http://www.weinerpublic.com/2016WmaEntries3.xlsx

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: http://www.perth2016.com/competition/program/

VENUES -- STADIA: WA Athletics Stadium (WAAS), Stephenson Street, Mount Claremont; Erin Clark Athletic Centre, Wharf Street, Cannington

NON-STADIA: Marathon and Half: Banks of Swan River, from WA Water Sports Clubrooms and back. Road Walking: Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat. Cross Country: Alderbury and Perry Lakes Reserves, Floreat, near main stadium, Mt. Claremont

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Contact for USA Interviews and media questions: Bob Weiner, USA Track & Field Masters Media Chair +1-301-283-0821, cell and Australia during meet +1-202-329-1700; weinerpublic@comcast.net

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