Written by DB
Both the European Paralympics in Espoo,Finland & the World Masters Championships in San Sebastian,Spain are in progress.News as it comes in - you can follow the latter by going to --- www.wma-2005.com and clicking on Clasificaciones. It's all pdf files and takes several seconds to load.
In rainy Suomi,David Weir won gold in his T54 400m(49.35),grabbed silver in the 200m(27./06 and took bronze in the 100m(15.19),whilst over in sunny Espana on Tuesday 23rd at the Hernani venue,Camilla Thrush achieved,in her first event, that most frustrating of positions - 4th - in the W35 Hammer with 36.58;on Thursday 25th,she was 6th in the W35 Shot with 10.67.
Still on the 25th,Pat Logan(M45 100) qualified 2nd in ht6/8 with 11.56(+1.7),a vet pb for him and an improvement of 4/100ths on his recent Club Vets Record at Birmingham;and in his SF he ran 2nd to qualify splendidly for Friday's Final with 11.68 into a very slight headwind(-0.2) -- and,needing at least one extra gear to medal,he exceeded that by snatching a superb bronze in a fine 11.43(+2.6),1/100th ahead of 4th. Wonder what price you would have got for that! Camilla was again agonisingly just out of the medals,taking 6th in the W35 DT with 33.50.
Over the UK Bank Holiday,in Espoo,Tushar Patel was 11th(1.36.43) in T54 Marathon,having just missed out on a place in the 5000m final and,in San Sebastian,Pat Logan ran a speedy 23.74 200(0.5) to qualify 9th fastest into the M45 Semis but,sadly, replicating that time exactly in his semi(3rd) was just not quite enough for him to make the Final - though both marks constituted vet pbs and club vets records.
OLE!! Literally with her very last gasp,Camilla Thrush grabbed a medal. In the Weight on th 29th,she was in 4th place with the 6th and last round to go with 11.42 and with the competitors in 2nd and 3rd both on 11.43. A(n) (al)mighty heave of 12.44,a pb, gave her the silver.
On the 31st,Mike May finished 7th in his M40 400 ht in 63.44,which would be short of what he was hoping for.
A final flourish from our previous medalists saw Pat Logan help the GB quartet to gold in the M45 4 x 100 in 44.22,ahead of the Yanks,no less. Over in the Field,Camilla Thrush took the bronze in the Weights Pentathlon with 3122 pts(36.92/10.52/34.67/25.10/11.87). Bravo!!
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