World Masters Games started in 1985, no doubt in response to
seeing the success of the World Masters Athletics
Championships in the preceding 10 years.
The World Masters Games are more akin to
the Olympics, covering many different sports, with the World
Masters Championships being a parallel to the IAAF World
Championships. In contrast to those, however, the WMA Champs
are the more prestigious championships and the World Masters
Games are the second tier event.
Records are not tracked and the event is
not eligible for records due to the general lack of
compliance to IAAF/WMA standards.
This second tier nature of the Games is more
apparent at the NZ Masters Games level, where the majority
of winning competitors would be last or near last in the
results of the NZ Masters Athletics Champs.
The event pages present the names
recorded in the results so don't take what would appear to
be famous people or fictional characters as genuine - I'm
pretty sure it wasn't the real Santa Claus winning bronze in
the M80s in 2009!
Obtaining historic results for the WMG
events is a challenge as there doesn't seem to have been
much desire to record results for the earlier years. Even
the more recent years have some gaps.
Outside of core track and field, the
events on offer vary each championship. Results are
presented for the standard championship events.
The relay results are not presented due
to the common practice of teams being composites of any
athletes forming teams, rather than national representation.
The 10km road race and half marathon appear to be held
concurrently, preventing anyone competing in both.
Similarly, the 10km and 20km road walks. I would hope the
Games would recognise that these events would attract
the same participants rather than dilute the fields for both
by splintering the entries.