World Masters Championships – Daegu, South Korea.
Yes someone did venture to the far side of the World to defend her World Masters Title – It was Caroline POWELL. At the top of her age group Caroline has the threat of younger ladies trying to knock her off top spot plus the added problem of the effects of 50 years of pushing her body to the limit in training and competition. In the 100 metres on 20th March Caroline won her heat comfortably with a 9.21 clocking before improving marginally to 9.20 to finish fourth in her Final. In the 200 metres Caroline again won her heat in 30.28 seconds before bringing that time down to 29.50 seconds for a Medal winning third place in the final. On both occasions the Gold Medal winner was Karla Del Grande new into the age group from Canada.
So on to Caroline’s specialist event the 400 metres on the penultimate day of these World Championships. Remember she is World Record Holder in this category and she was defending her crown. Well the outcome was just fine for our B&W lady – she won the race in 66.90 (a season’s best) and was followed home in 68.26 by Karla. Equilibrium at last. One Gold, one Bronze and possibly another Gold in the 4×400 metres relay (we shall see).
Caroline was supported by past B&W Member Jane HORDER (STEWART) who clocked 9.22 and 9.24 to take fifth place in the 100 metres final before coming third in the 400 metres race just described. In between Jane took her own Gold Medal (9.90 seconds) in her specialist event the 60 metre hurdles. Well done Jane.
To finalise results from last week Caroline’s friend and training partner (Higher Competition Member) Yvette WESTWOOD (Under-20) excelled herself last week at Birmingham HIPAC with a 7.79 clocking for 60 metres before moving on to an outstanding 12.21 for 100 metres. Excellent running Evie. Also at Birmingham was new member Will KENNEDY who clocked a fine 11.32 100 metres following a 7.17 second 60 metres. Welcome to Bristol & West AC Will. You will enjoy excellent competition with our Team throughout 2017.
Mike Strange – 27 March 2017