Triple treat in triple jump
Journalists: Saxon Durrant and Jackie Chiang
Australia capped a great day in the World Masters Athletics Championships yesterday with a three gold in three triple jump groups yesterday.
Margaret Tweedie, 62, claimed a dramatic victory in the W60 triple jump as she edged out Brazil’s Irenilta Nunes to claim gold.
Tweedie was trailing the Brazilian by just one centimetre before her final jump, but found extra distance to win with an 8.75m jump, 31cm clear of second-placed Nunes.
A delighted Dace Brakanska claimed bronze for Latvia, as Tweedie was ecstatic to grab the gold, adding to her W60 100m silver medal in the morning.
“It was great, it was a bit unbelievable actually I didn’t think I could do it…but I kept trying,” Tweedie said.
In the W65 event Margaret Taylor pipped long- time competitor Tehri Kokkonen from Finland to claim gold by just 5cm.
Taylor, who had recently recovered from an achilles injury jumped 8.44m to win t in front of her fellow Australians.
She beat Kokkonen, who has been a fierce and fun competitor for Taylor for many years.
“Tehri beat me last time and today it was my turn,” said Taylor.
“Look I’m very pleased, it’s not a big distance but it’s a gold medal, what more can you ask?”
In the W70 final, German Helgard Houben jumped 7.03m to hold off Finnish competitor Kirsti Viitanen in second.
However, it was the performance of 78-year- old Miriam Cudmore that turned heads in the W75 competition, with the Australian winning gold in her category but also jumping further than anyone in the age bracket below her.
Her jump of 7.15m impressed many, but Cudmore said that she could have jumped even further.
“They weren’t too bad but they were a little bit below what I can jump, but no, I’m happy.”
The gold was her second medal of the day, after taking bronze in the W75 100m final earlier today.