US Masters win six medals at the Masters World Sprint Championships

By Andrew Love | March 09, 2020, 6:15 p.m. (ET)

Competing against more than 130 athletes from 13 countries, the U.S. Masters team left the Masters Sprint World Championships, at the Calgary Olympic Oval, with three gold medals, two silvers and a bronze.

Leading the charge was Barbara Ann Johnson. She continued her stellar season by winning the women’s 65+ age group, and broke the 500m world record and sprint samalog record.

“I am very satisfied to have broken the 500m and samalog age group world record,” Johnson said. “It’s been an up-and-down season. I was skating really well in October, then slowed down, then came back and skated season bests in the 500m here. I had not skated Calgary before, and really enjoyed it.”

John Diemont, racing for the NorCal club, won the four-distance sprint meet in the hotly contested 70+ category.  John’s smile and pure love for skating kept the U.S. team laughing and motivated. This win marked the fifth time John has won masters sprint worlds in his age category.

As a 1964 Squaw Valley Olympic trials veteran, Joanna Walters won first overall in the Women’s 70+ age group, with her brother Jack Walters (a well-known skater and coach in Calgary) cheering her on. 

Other top results included Boris Leikin taking second in the Men’s 65+.  For more than a decade Boris and Dutch athlete Victor Van Den Hoff have traded the 500m masters record back and forth, sometimes several times per season.  Boris broke the men’s 65+ 500m record on the first day, with a fast 41.16,  and on day two, Victor took the 500m record back by .05, and sealed the overall with solid 1000m races.

Andrew Love fought through several injuries to place second in the men’s 45+ division. His day two 500m distanced himself from a tight field of Dutch and Japanese skaters, almost catching winner Sandro Cara (NED) who skated two personal bests and a dominant 1000m to confirm the overall title.

Uel Archuletta skated well the second day of the meet in the Men’s 50+, to make the final podium with a bronze just behind Jan Van Der Stowe of the Netherlands. Also skating well for the USA were Matt Trimble, Mark Yanagihara, and Dan Greene. Dan consistently had the fastest opening 100m and 200m splits on the whole USA masters team.

Complete results here

Men’s 500m video

Women & Men’s 500m video

Men’s 1000m video


Follow the link to Facebook images from the event.

Thanks Arno Hoogveld and the Calgary staff for sharing them.

Masters Games Day 2, Men 500m.

Masters Games, Day 2, Men's 1000m.

Day 2 Masters Games, Ladies 500m.

Masters Sprints Games Men's 1000m.

Masters Sprint Games Ladies 1000m.

International Masters Sprint Games