91-Year-Old Named USATF Athlete Of The Week

Arkansas resident breaks a world record at the USA Masters Championships.

William Bell, Sr. is on a tear.

The 91-year-old competed at the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships last week and won the pole vault. Competing in what is sometimes a dangerous event is impressive for the Arkansas resident, who did not face any competitors.

His goal coming into the meet was to break the world record for the men’s 90-94 age group.

He shattered it by more than two feet.

Bell cleared 2.05 meters, which amounts to 6 feet, 8.75 inches, to claim victory and reset the mark. The previous record stood for three years.

“I did what I expected to do. I’m very pleased and happy nothing went wrong,” Bell said in a USATF story. “We had a strong tailwind and I thought it could have really hindered us. Fortunately, it was not a problem.”

Bell plans to compete for the next three years in his current division before moving up to the men’s 95-99 age group in 2017. He wants to break that division’s world record, too.

“I’m getting ready for the 95 to 99 age group,” Bell said with a laugh. “I know that is really ambitious, but I have been doing so well I just think I should keep going.”

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