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Ed Whitlock, 82, close to breaking world record at Cambridge Classic Mile

June 15, 2013

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From The Record

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario, Canada — From exultation to empathy, emotions were running high at the track for Friday night's Cambridge Classic Mile.

One world record — a sub-4 minute Mile on the crushed clay track at Galt Collegiate Institute by local Olympian Nate Brannen — came within seconds of being reached.

At 82-years-of-age, Ed Whitlock, Canada's fastest octogenarian, nearly broke the world record for the fastest mile run by someone over 80.

The Milton senior finished in 7 minutes, 1.63 seconds, nearing the current WR of 6:26.6.

"I thought it was going rather downhill, I'm not in shape for a Mile race," Whitlock said.

Whitlock is training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October. Besides being one of the world's fastest runners over 80 to run a mile, he also holds the record for fastest marathoner in the over-80 category at 3:15:54.

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