Olds athlete plans second attempt to set world record

Local athlete and coach Rachel Andres plans to try again to create a pentathlon world throw record at the last outdoor meet of the season on September 24.

OLD — Local athlete and coach Rachel Andres plans to try again to set a pentathlon world throw record at the final outdoor meet of the season on September 24 in Calgary.

Andres attempted to set the record at a pentathlon masters meet on August 27.

Sadly, she says she was “thwarted by the rain and a very hungry baby who had to nurse between most of my throws (she refuses a bottle)”.

Andres, however, broke an Alberta record on his second of five attempts.

The throwing pentathlon consists of discus, shot put, javelin, hammer and shot put in the same day.

The distances obtained by the athletes in each of these events are then compiled and counted in points, much like the officials do for the heptathlon and the decathlon.

“We knew the world record attempt would need the good weather and the cooperation of my little girl,” Andres wrote in an email.

“When she’s hungry, I just do what I can to warm up and try to stay loose between competitive throws while nursing. I put her on or put her down quickly to go throw her away and then resume nursing .

“After the rain started it was grumpy and I couldn’t really warm up for the competition. So I ended up 500 points short of the 4,114.”

Olds’ Abigail Ripco and Natalie Harrison also competed and both threw personal best (PB) distances.

Despite the rain, Ripco threw a new PB of 24.58 meters (m) in the javelin. Harrison threw a new PB of 20.94m in the discus and 7.68m in the shot put.

“The weather was great until the rain fell, about perfect temps,” Andres wrote. “We hope we have good weather in the last competition and finish on a high note for everyone.”

Charles T. McConnell