White, Nilpushpi. "Sri Chinmoy Masters Games." (Press Release) Retrieved 2013-05-24. Archive copy at Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team office, Queens, New York.
Victory Field, Forest Park, Queens, New York, proved true to its name on July 11, at the annual Sri Chinmoy Masters Games, as 171 athletes, age 40 and over, scored victories of many sorts. On this sunny Saturday, victory meant setting meet or personal records, crossing the finish line first, or simply crossing the finish line.
Ivan Black, 43 won the overall trophy for the men. In the morning he thought he had a chance to win the big trophy, but as the day wore on, he saw 'the older guys competing in every event - often with little or no competition,' and he began to lose hope. what he didn't know was that a graded scoring system took these inequities into account. If someone won and there was no competition, they got one point - if there was competition, they got three points. Ivan competed in 10 events, earning 18 points with four firsts.
Games founder Sri Chinmoy, 60, powered his way to the finish tape in the 100m in 13.7, a PR and a new meet record. Second was Tom Talbot, 60, (14.2). the two switched places in the 200m with a breathtaking photo finish - Tom's 29.6 just a hair ahead of Chinmoy's 29.7.
The three sisters, Pearl Auerbach, 70, Rose Ruston, 76, and Sylvia Swartz, 80, were back again, this year trailing clouds of glory from the New York State Senior Games held in Portland, N.Y., June 11-14, where they won six gold medals each. The sisters have been gathering up the gold since they began competing in 1987.
The overall winner for the women, with 23 points, was Zofia Turosz, 54, who traveled from Hartford, Conn., for the meet. This is her second year in a row winning the overall trophy. Her mile race walk (9:02) topped the time in all the women's age-group categories by a full minute; so did her 6-minute mile run. Now that's some victory.