Australia with gold in M70 5000m race walk

Journalist: Laura Meachim

Australian Andrew Jamieson has claimed a confident gold medal in the men’s 70-74 5000m race walk final.

With a time of 26:42.08 Jamieson sat comfortably in the lead beating the USA’s Norman Frable and France’s Fernand Rebatal by three minutes.

The 70 year old from Gippsland Victoria said the conditions were warmer than he was used to.

“It wasn’t easy it got quite warm and very humid which is quite different to South Gippsland,” Jamieson said.

Jamieson started race walking as a child but stopped when he reached early adulthood, he returned to the sport in his late fifties and has since competed in six world masters.

“The best thing about the Masters is meeting up with the guys you’ve competed with in the past,” he said.

“They become your friends even if you can’t speak the same language.”

While in the men’s 60-65 division it was Mexico’s Jose Luis Lopez Camarena who took the title with a speedy time of 24:30.30

Great Britain’s Ian Richards was just 15 seconds behind and New Zealand’s Eric Kemsley took the bronze.

       

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