Issaquah man, 61, brings home gold in long jump competition

July 15, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

NEW — 5:30 p.m. July 15, 2011

Having qualified over the weekend, on Monday, Issaquah’s Jim Crittenden, 61, made his eighth and final long jump in the track and field finals of the World Master Athletics Championships being held in Sacramento, Calif.

Crittenden said no matter the outcome of the jump, it was his last attempt. He injured a hamstring and was not going to risk further injury by jumping again.

No matter.

At 5.29 meters, or about 17 feet, Crittenden’s leap was enough to beat out a Swedish competitor by one centimeter and earn Crittenden a gold medal in the event.

“Issaquah wins the prize,” Crittenden said.

A life-long athlete, Crittenden was competing in the 60-64 year old class during the Sacramento games. He said he has been training for the games for about a year, spending the last four months with a personal trainer.

While rodeo roping is his primary passion, this isn’t the first time Crittenden has done well for himself in track and field. Six years ago, competing in the Senior Olympics national meet, Crittenden took the gold in the long jump and the silver in the high jump.

Crittenden promised the hamstring injury won’t slow him down much. He plans on starting jogging next week and spending the rest of the summer roping.

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