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Tucsonan to compete in Master World Championships

Posted: 10:13 PM, Sep 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-30 04:13:02Z
Some of the greatest athletes in Arizona train at University of Arizona's Drachmann Track and Field Stadium.
 
85 year old Dave Douglass is a regular at the track and has been for decades. 
 
Douglass was a gymnast and track and field athlete growing up and competed as a student athlete at Penn State.  Later in his adult years, he rediscovered his love for competition.
 
"I didn't know about masters until I was forty, and I saw somewhere in the newspaper. I thought, I could do that! So I started competing," Douglass says.
 
He won a Masters National Championship in the decathalon in 1987.  In 2013, Douglass would medal twice in Brazil's World Championship games.  Now at 85 years old, he will compete in next month's Masters World Championship games in Perth, Australia. 
 
For the first time in many years, Douglass has received help from a coach: former Wildcat and 2012 Olympic Trials track athlete Taylor Bush. 
 
"He walks so fast, I have to hurry up to compete with him. He has this drive about him that you just notice immediately," Taylor says.
 
Dave swears the key to his longevity is a good diet, exercise, a glass of wine each night with dinner and the occasional cigar.  He doesn't play on slowing down any time soon.
 
His next goal?
 
"Break the world record for the 100 year olds," Douglass laughs.  "I want quality of life, and if I can't have that, pull the plug or something!"