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Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 2. DAVID Radcliff and Willard Lamb provided some sparks at last weekend's "Sizzling Summer" Masters long course meet in Oregon, setting four world records.

Radcliff set his three records in one race. Competing in the 1500 freestyle, Radcliff split a 5:53.32 at the 400-meter mark, breaking the world record in the 80-84 age group that had stood at 6:10.13 by Graham Johnston. At 800 meters, Radcliff touched in 11:51.43, obliterating Johnston's world record of 12:51.45.

The finishing touch came at the end of the race, when Radcliff's time of 22:16.90 broke Divano Giulio's record of 24:40.69 by a substantial margin. The 80-year-old has plenty of experience with setting multiple records in distance races. At last month's Masters short course nationals, the Oregon resident broke records in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyles in one race. Back in 2009, he swam to world records in the 800 and 1500 freestyles in one race, part of a stellar year for Radcliff.


Lamb only set one world record last weekend, and he did it in a nailbiter. Also racing in the 1500 free, Lamb posted a 31:12.82 to barely beat his own record of 31:15.97 from last year. The 92-year-old owns the long course world records in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles in his age group.

Allen Stark, making a comeback from injury, nearly set a world record in the 200 breaststroke for the 65-69 age group. Stark's 2:58.66 just missed Robert Strand's 2:58.13 from 2012.