Ti man wins world title

TICONDEROGA - Walter Thorne has again beaten time, literally.

The Ticonderoga High School track coach recently claimed a gold medal at the World Fire and Police Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, winning the 400-meter run in a meet-record time of 64.6 seconds.

That time is less than Thorne's age, making him one of the few runners in the world to accomplish the feat.

"My goal each year is to run the 400 meter in a faster time than my age," he said. "I competed in the 65-69 age group and I turned 69 as of Aug. 6, 2009."

The World Fire and Police Games is an Olympic-style competition which this year had over 10,000 entrants. It is second only to the regular Olympics in athletic participation. Thorne is retired from the state Department of Corrections.

Thorne didn't stop with his gold medal effort.

The Ti resident won the silver medal in the 100-meter sprint. He was clocked in 14.14 seconds. Stanley Bardowski of Vancouver won the race in 14.08.

Thorne also took a silver medal in the 200-meter sprint in 29.23 seconds. Stanley won the 200 in a record time of 28.93.

"It was a well-run meet and I made lots of new friends," Thorne said. "The next World Fire and Police Games are scheduled for 2011 in will be held in New York City I look forward to seeing many of the athletes that I competed against in Vancouver and competing against them in New York City where I grew up."

Thorne is a veteran of international track and field competition. He was medaled at the World Fire and Police Games in previous years and has dominated the Empire State Games masters track and field sprints.

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