Biggest EMA Championships Wrapped Up

5,039 athletes from 61 countries registered to compete in the 21st European Masters Athletics Championships held in Jesolo, Caorle and Eraclea, Italy from 5 September through 15 September. 18 countries from other continents including Canada, Chile, Cameroon, Egypt, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and United States. Results are here and in World Rankings.

Exceptional Performances

Rietje Dijkman, W80 NED, rewrote the record books in setting World Records in 400m, Long Jump and Triple Jump and a European Record in 100m (17.56). Reitje ran 1:29.84 to better Emma Mazzenga’s (ITA) 1:31.21 400m record from 2013, jumped 3.45m to tie Christiane Schmalbruch (GER) mark from 2017 and 7.37m to edge Christiane’s 2017 mark.

More World Records:

Caroline Powell, W65 GBR, set European Records in 200m (30.55) and 400m (1:08.67) and teamed with Caroline Marler, Rosalind Tabor and Joylyn Saunders-Mullins to top the 4 x 400m record (5:00.12). Other European Records  were set by Bruno Baggia, M85 ITA, 1500m (7:06.03) and 5000m (24:50.08); Silvia Bolognesi, W65 ITA, Half Marathon (1h32:51); Petra Herrmann, W60 GER, Pole Vault  (2.83) and Triple Jump (10.31); Anne Kirstine Jensen, W65 DEN, Javelin (33.39); Angelo Squadrone, M90 ITA, Half Marathon (3h12:14); Danuta Woszczek, W40, POL, 2000m Steeplechase (7:00.02); and Anne-Kathrin Eriksen, Vroni Lay, Helgard Houben, Hannelore Venn, W75 GER, 4 x 100m (1:13.92).

EMA President, Kurt Kaschke, Reflects

“We were strangers when we arrived. Now we leave with new relations, new friends and great memories of some fantastic events!”

Caorle – “Little Venice” – promised to be ready for the championships with a new track – they kept this promise. Athletes could feel the commitment of all the volunteers and judges during the days of the events. The responsibles started early to work, to support, to help and to cheer the athletes up – always with a smile and Mediterranean hospitality.

Eraclea – the friendly city with its beautiful beach invited the athletes to do their best. We are proud to announce that some European records were the result of a good preparation. The city is linked to sport and this spirit was transferred to most of our visitors and athletes.

Jesolo – with Lido di Jesolo – was the center of the event. The atmosphere of the Championships could be felt every moment in the stadium. A fantastic medal ceremony every day, Casa di Jesolo offered different kind of Italian food and drinks. Info point helped the athletes from 61 different countries to find their way.

Good memories will keep Jesolo, Eraclea and Caorle in our mind.

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EMAC Venice 2019 – Powell does it again
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EMAC Venice 2019 – Germans so nice, they did it twice
EMAC Venice 2019 – Records fall on a hot final day

Photos by Alfred Hermes. Thank you Alfred and all the other photographers who support our sport.

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