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Elder Runner Sets World Record

May 2, 1999

HONOLULU (AP) _ A 96-year-old man shattered an age-group world record Saturday when he ran the 100-meter dash in 24.01 seconds.

Erwin Jaskulski of Honolulu broke the 95-and-older age-group record of 38.82 seconds set by Kazuhiko Tsutsumi of Japan in 1997, said officials at the Punahou Relays.

Jaskulski broke the world record twice last year, but his efforts weren’t recognized by the World Association of Veteran Athletes because of technical questions about wind and the lack of electronic timing equipment, the officials said.

All requirements were met for Saturday’s race, said meet referee Gordon Scruton Sr.

``This record has to be accepted by WAVA,″ said Jack Karbens, president of the Hawaii Masters Track Club. ``Everything was in place to meet all the requirements, including adequate officials, electronic timing and wind gauges.

``It is our hope that Erwin Jaskulski can finally take his recognized place as the world’s fastest human in his age group,″ Karbens said.

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