The 2017 World Masters Indoor Championships have to come to an end after 7 days of track & field action in Daegu, South Korea.
In total 4600 athletes from 74 nations, aged between 35 and 99 competed in the championships.
The top performing nation was Australia, with 59 golds and 124 overall medals. Great Britain were second, with 50 golds and 118 overall medals, and the USA third, with 42 golds and 108 medals.
GB team round-up
In a successful championships, the Great Britain team finished second in the overall medal rankings.
The star of the GB team was Louise Rudd, winning individual golds in the W40 800m, 1500m, 3000m, and team relay gold in 4x200m.
The hurdles also proved successful for the Great Britian team. In the W60 age category 60m hurdles athlete, Jane Horder set a world record. Horder, also won a gold medal with team mates Caroline Powell, Sue Dassie, and Carole Filer in the 4x200m. There were additional wins in the hurdles for M35 Liam Collins, M40 Mensah Elliott, M45 Joe Appiah and M80 Tony Bowman.
There was also gold doubles in the 1500m and 3000m for W60 Joan Howe and M55 Guy Bracken.
Pole vault gold medals were won by Allan Williams in the M65 and Sue Dassie in the W60 event. Paul Thompson also won the M60 half-marathon.
USA team round-up
Topping the individual golds for the USA team with seven field event wins, was 85 year-old star Gloria Krug.
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Krug, has been a lifelong athlete, but didn’t take up track and field until she was in her early 60s.
In the W65 3000m and 1500m, 65 year-old distance runner Kathy Martin won golds and set two age group world records. Also setting records was 80 year-old sprinter Bob Lida in the 400m and 200m.
On final day, USA teams made a superb showing in the 4X200m relays, including a world record in the M65 team of Charles Allie, Charles Powell, Thad Wilson, and Bill Collins. The W55, M35, and M50 teams also set American records in the 4X200m.
Ireland team round-up
The Irish masters team also had a successful time at the championships in Daegue, wining a total of 28 medals.
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Geraldine Finegan was the star athlete, winning a total winning a total of 6 individual medals. The talented Finegan won a gold medal in the W50 pentathlon, two silver medals, in the triple jump and pole vault, and a bronze medal in the 800m, javelin and 60m hurdles.
In total Ireland won 9 gold medals at the championships.
Joe Gough, successfully defended his M60 800m title, and North Easter Runners, Brian Lynch won gold medals in the M60 1500m and 3000m.
Middle distance athlete, Mark O’Shea also won two gold medals. In the M45 800m race the talented athlete battled hard for the gold, setting a new Irish record in the process, and his second gold of the championships came in the 1500m. Additionally W75 athlete Ann Woodlock, won gold in her 3000m race.
There was also cross-country team golds for the Ireland in the M35 and M55 8km races.
In the M35 race, Ronan Kearns, Paul Fleming and Sean McDermott all raced well to secure the team gold, and in the M55 race, the collective time of 1:36:31 from athletes Tom O’Connor, Pat O’Grady, and Michael Cornyn, was enough to secure the gold medal.
The 28 medals that the Irish team won in total included 9 golds, 9 silver and 10 bronze medals.
For full results of the World Masters Indoor Championships click here.