Comeback Collins with another gold
Journalists: Kaylee Meerton and Saxon Durrant
Bill Collins has once again inspired spectators with another gold medal, as a bumper day of action saw more than 60 finals at the Perth World Masters Championships yesterday.
American athlete Collins, 65, was a severe doubt for the M65 200m final after being taken to hospital at the end of his heat on Monday showing signs of chest pain.
Collins, who has Guillain-Barre syndrome said the cramping began in the morning and spread after the race.
“So my arm started cramping and it went up in the chest … I told them I got a little pain up here and they immediately thought heart,” Collins said.
He was taken to hospital but checked himself out at 6pm, against doctors recommendations.
“They wanted to keep me until midnight, but I told them no, I had a race to run today,” Collins said.
The race was a one-sided affair with Collins running strongly to finish in 25.55 to win his second gold medal.
Collins said that he had to run again for the fans.
“My inspiration, coming out of hospital I could have just said pack it in , but the fans up here, they wanted to see me run again,” Collins said.
Crowd favourite Julie Brims continued her amazing return from injury as she claimed her second gold medal ofthe championships.
The Australian was especially excited to win her favourite event, comfortably winning in a time of 25.84.
“I train by myself all the time so I’m used to running by myself up the front,” Brims said.
“It is good to win in Australia because my family is here and they never normally come with me when I race, so it’s good to have that support.”
In an unexpected finish for the W65 final 200m final, Lyn Peake won gold over fellow Australian and race favourite Carol Davis who stumbled before the line.
The 66-year-old was out with a back injury just seven weeks ago and said she was lucky to even be competing in these championships.
“I haven’t been able to train for five weeks, so I’m just happy to be running today,” Peake said.
German Roland Groeger beat favourite Clinton Aurelien to win his second gold of the championships while compatriot Bernd Schauwecker claimed gold in the M45 in what will be his last competitive championships.
Schauwecker was visibly excited to win gold for his country and said it was an incredible feeling.
“I had hope that it could be possible that I would win a medal but to be the champion, no, never,” Schauwecker said.
Great Britain’s TJ Ossai and Steve Peters are now dual gold medallists on the track as both athletes took home gold in the 200m to add to their 100m medal.
Peters said that he was hoping to get the world record but vowed it will be next time, after missing out by only .11 of a second.
West Australian 96-year-old Arthur Carbon, racing in the M95 200m race took home a gold medal for Australia as he finished in 1:07.71.
The oldest female competitor, 96-year-old Austrian Elfriede Fuchs threw 4.07m in shot put to take home gold.
Fuchs said the secret to her long, healthy life was to always keep moving and to stay motivated.
Bill Collins speaks after winning his second gold in the M65 200m, less than 24 hours after being taken to hospital. Picture Jesse Chance.
Julie Brims became a double world champion after running off the bend strongly and winning the 200m comfortably. Picture Jesse Chance
Defending 200m champ TJ Ossai celebrates after winning the final, making it a 100m, 200m double for the Brit. Picture Jesse Chance