Dave Wilcock wins in Portland, Karen Brooks 3rd

Written by Bridget Cushen on 20 Mar 2016

Dave Wilcock set out as a Reserve for the IAAF World Indoor Masters Exhibition M60 800m in Portland, Oregen, knowing he was only 7th fastest and hoping that 8 instead of 6 might be allowed through in all Finals. Slightly disappointed with his 2.18.46sec M60 win at the BMAF Championships last weekend and funding his own air ticket for Tuesday’s long haul flight, he also knew that should he be allowed to run, the current M60 World Masters Champion and World Record holder (2.14.06 from 2014), Joe Gough from Ireland, was in this top international field. 

The IAAF website shows the following results:

1. Dave Wilcock, GBR, 2.15.20
2. Joe Gough, Ireland, 2.16.01
3. Oleksandr Lysenko, Ukraine, 2.17.38
4. Pierre Faucheur, France, 2.18.23
5. Marcel Scholten, Holland, 2.18.53
6. Florio Clok, Uruguay, 2.18.66

Karen’s bronze medal in the W55 race is particularly meritorious after suffering a family bereavement and flu in the weeks leading up to the race.     

1. Helene Douay, France 2.37.30
2. Lesley Chaplin, USA, 2.37.57
3. Karen Brooks, GBR, 2.40.14
4. Julie Hayden, USA, 2.40.70
5. Deborah Drennan, Australia, 2.42.69
6. Cheryl Bellaire, USA, 2.45.05

Congratulations to Karen and David you did us and Masters Athletics proud.

Both races now available on You-tube via BMAF video channel (please advise if you find better versions). Even though the BBC failed to provide live coverage of the races, they managed to make up for it with the two short clips extolling the performances.  You can watch them on BBC iPlayer “2016: Live-Day 3 Heats” – 40 secs on the Women’s race, starting at 1:38:16 into the programme, and 60 secs on the Men’s race, starting at 2:28:32