Brims back to best

Journalist: Edward Nixon

While she was laying in bed recovering from head surgery, Julie Brims dreamed of getting back in the track and running competitively again.

Just over a year later the Australian sprinter fulfilled that goal by winning the W50-54 100m in 12.39 seconds.

“I was really determined and had some really bad health issues and spent a few months in hospital last year, and the only thing I wanted to do was run again,” Brims said.

The athlete suffered a head injury which required multiple surgeries and kept her sidelined for much of the past three years.

The 50 year old, competing in her comeback event at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Perth, said it was great to get back on the track doing what she loves.

“I’ve been out for a long time, and this is my first championship to come back so I’m pretty happy about that,” Brims said.

Brims looked strong halfway through the race and pulled away to win from compatriot Jackie Bezuidenhout (12.98) and Japan’s Naomi Miyata (13.01).

In other results, 90-year-old American sprinter Shirley Dietderich won the W90-94 age group, ousting 91-year-old Australian Joy Duncan.

Dietderich, who has been competing since 1977 proves age is no barrier and encourages other people of her age to get out there and compete.

“You just have to go out the door and do something, you can’t be reclining and just reading books,” she said.

It was a successful day for the Aussies, with Carol Davis and local star Wendy Seegers winning the W65-70 and W40-45 age groups.

The results kept to current form with race favourites Aletta Ungerer, Caroline Powell and Dedeh Erawati all crossing the line first to win gold.

The Perth spectators who braved the heat had the chance to watch three Masters World Record holders perform, with Americans Irene Obera, Kathy Bergen and French athlete Nicole Alexis winning their age group divisions.

The focus now moves to the men, with the 100m and 800m events tomorrow.



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