Marge Allison takes hurdling in her stride even in her 70’s as she sets her sights on more records to add to her tally of 18 world titles
Podcast length: 26′ 25″
THE BOLDER WOMAN TELLS THE STORIES OF WOMEN OVER 50 FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO ARE COMPETITIVE IN A VARIETY OF SPORTS
This week’s guest is the Australian world-record holding masters athlete, Marge Allison who at 74, has been described as Australia’s most prolific female medal winner at world level over many years. Marge has set 18 world records in 7 events: the 200m, 400m & 800m races, and the 200m, 300m and 400m hurdles, plus the 4×400 relay. She won a total of 53 world championship individual medals; 38 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze. In 1995, she was the first woman ever over the age of 50 to run 400m in less than 60 seconds. Marge was born in New Zealand and had started to make a name for herself in Open athletics in her youth. Following time off for her family she returned to competition in 1981 as a masters athlete in the 35 – 39 year old age group. Marge moved to Sydney and by the time she was competing in the next age group, the 40 – 44 year old age category, she was breaking more national records.
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