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Honolulu’s Harold Chapson holds 41 World Records

This grainy, old black & white photo of Harold Chapson is the only one to be found of this legend

This grainy, old black & white photo of Harold Chapson is the only one to be found of this legend

Honolulu’s Harold Chapson at age 80 broke two age group World Records on his birthday by more than 35 seconds each when he ran a 2 minute 53.5 second 800 meters and a 6:12.2 for the 1500 meters.

   A track star at Colorado A&M in the mid 1920’s Chapson holds 41 age group records in track and field.

   During the 1990’s I witnessed Chapson, at the Aloha State Games, break age group world records in the 100 and 200 meters for a man in his 90’s.

   Born July 11, 1902 Chapson competed in track until age 100 setting world records for his age group.  Chapson died in Honolulu in 2003, but his age group records continue to be the benchmark for all of us.

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September 2, 2009 Posted by | Health and Fitness, Profiles | , , , | Leave a comment