After their successful heats and semis yesterday, Britain’s Masters sprinters fought bravely for medals in the 100m finals, the 4th day of the Championships, here on the newly laid track in the CETE main stadium.
Averil McClelland conceded defeat to the Puerto Rica Olympic sprinter Marie Mathieu, with a winning time of 13.37sec to Averil’s 13.84sec in the W55-59 age category. The Bristol sprinter Caroline Powell finished 6th. Another West Country sprinter to medal was Julie Hubbard who snatched the bronze medal in 12.84sec behind the outstanding American, Brandi Bernert, in the W35-39 group. Briton Sally Young finished 4th.
It was gold for Britain’s ace male sprinters as Dr Stephen Peters raced to victory in 12.03sec to take the M60-64 age group title after a three year absence from the sport due to a frustrating injury, illness and his heavy commitment to Britain’s Olympic team. Wally Franklyn ran an excellent race to finish 5th. John Browne unfortunately had to scratch from the race due to a hip injury.
Kingston sprinter, Pat Logan, came out of the blocks like a rocket and held on to add the World M50 crown to his European title clocking 11.79sec. Donald Brown got 5th in this very strong field. Jason Carty was disappointed with his run in the M40 final. Will MacGee lost the gold medal to Andie Montique from Trinidad by 1/10th of a second in the M45 sprint.
Competing in his first World Championships, M35 Esmei Ossai topped the qualifiers from yesterday but on a perfectly still afternoon, the North Londoner had to settle for 3rd in the final won by the American, Babatunde Ridley in 10.66. The other British finalist, Ed White, placed 5th.
At the other end of the age scale, Alan Carter and Colin Field finished 4th and 6th respectively in the M75-79 age category.
Cambridge Harrier, Alan Williams, won the M60 pole vault clearing 3.50m and David Gordon took silver behind the Estonian, Hommik, clearing 3.85m.
Jill Harrison raced to victory in the women’s W55 5000m in the second stadium in 19:29.66