Gilmour adds to legendary reputation
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Master legend John Gilmour and Romanian Dumitru Radu brought the crowd to its feet yesterday in the final straight of the mens 90-99 800m.
Gilmour 97, and 90-year-old Radu, both took gold in their categories in another incredible day of action at the Perth 2016 World Masters Championships.
The West Australian came out of a year retirement to run the distance in 9:19.93 race in front of a packed crowd but said he was pleased it was over, considering it was his first time on track in eleven years.
“I have so many followers I didn’t want to let them down,” Gilmour said.
Gilmour finished the race behind Romanian Radu, (8:59.53) who had flown in from Romania to compete in the 8km cross country as well as the 800m. He will also compete in the 5000m today.
Gilmour said that his secret was exercising constantly every day and his commitment to not smoking throughout his life.
This event wasn’t the end for inspirational Gilmour, as he prepares to do the 400m and 1500m next week.
“It’s a couple more extra laps, I’d rather do the laps alright but they won’t be fast, I can keep going but I’ve lost all speed,” Gilmour said.
“It’ll be like today, it won’t be fast but I’ll get there.”
In the 100m mens heats, it was TJ Ossai that looks to be the favourite in the M40 category, with the defending world champion running 10.81 which was relaxed for the Brit.
“My aim was to execute the first 60m, and that’s what I did, and relax in the last 40m, so for me that was awesome,” Ossai said.
Australian Ashley McMahon looks to also be a strong contender in the W40, recording an equal 10.81 time in his heat.
In the M60 renowned British sports psychiatrist and reigning world champion Steve Peters recorded the fastest time of 12.21 in his heats, setting himself up for the semi finals.
Dr Peters said that he had hoped for better and will be eagre to improve.
In the M65 category, former all American and IAAF world cup relay winner Bill Collins ran 12.52 to lead the charge into the semi finals.
Collins, who suffers from Guilluame-Barr syndrome said the race was comfortable and was expecting to improve in the semi-finals and final.
In the first heats of the day, American Robert Cozens set the fastest time of the M80 heats to head into to the semi-finals recording 15.74.
European Domination in Weight Throwing Europe dominated the women’s weight throws Frenchwoman Claudine Cacaut, taking out the gold with 15.12m in the W50-54 and Luxembourg’s Mireille Tonizzo-Kosmala snatching the W45-49 title.
Cacaut, who grabbed gold in the hammer on day one said she felt very happy to win two gold medals and was proud to represent France.
Switzerland’s Connie Hodel won the silver medal with 14.34m while the race for the bronze medal was tight, ending with Ingrid van Dijk from The Netherlands clinching the bronze by just 10cm Australia’s Caroline Layt.
In the young division Tonizzo-Kosmala threw won the gold medal throwing 13.21m.
“To win a world championship title is very exciting and I’m proud because I am one of two athletes representing my country,” she said
The battle for second place was an intense showdown where Great Britain’s Sue Lawrence won silver with 11.84m, just3cm ahead of bronze medallist Kathleen De Wolf from Belgium.
In the womens 80-84, American Irene Obera set a new world record of 18.96 in the 80m hurdles, when she claimed the gold in the morning session.