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European Masters Athletics Championships

Aarhus, Denmark, 27 July-6 August
3,841 competitors from 44 Nations

For the second time the city of Aarhus is promoting the above event and the Danish Athletic Federation Masters Committee should be pleased with the large entry. Denmark last hosted the Championships in 2004 when the second track was in nearby Randers. It will be three years since the previous European Masters Championships in Izmir, Turkey in August 2014, the last time that it was held in an uneven-numbered year. You can follow the Championships on: www.emacs2017.com

Aarhus-bound athletes set record times

At the British Masters Track & Field Championships on 1-2 July Angela Copson broke Lavinia Petrieís 2014 World W70 5000m record (21.34.08sec), subject to ratification, with the amazing time of 20.56.13sec. It was a remarkable achievement for Angela who currently holds the World W65 3000m and 10,000m records as she was involved in a very close finish in a W65/70 1500m final on the first day of the Championships, won by 67-year old Nancy Hitchmough 6,01.22 from Ros Tabor 6.01.49, Angela 6.01.51sec. She has entered six events in Aarhus.

At the same Championships Mick Jones broke his own pending M50 European hammer throw, reaching out to 70.37m in the 3rd round with the 6kg implement. He has not entered for Aarhus.

Two long standing W60 Hurdles records have now been claimed by the consistent Jane Horder at the same Meet whilst competing at Exeter near her home in the South West of England on 18 June. She first lowered Phil Raschkerís (USA) time of 13.26sec set at the WMA Championships in Riccione in 2007 to 12.97sec following that up with a 49.80sec 300mH clocking, breaking Marge Alisonís (Australia) 2005 51.64sec also set during a WMA World Championships in San Sebastian.

At the European Senior Combined Events Team Championships Second League held on 1-2 July in Monzon, Spain, there was a thrilling contest in the Heptathlon when any one of six women from the 23-strong entry could come out victorious after six events. In the mix was Austra Skujyta from Lithuania, now just weeks short of her 38th birthday. The two time Olympic medallists, silver in 2004 and a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, has a personal best score of 6599pts. She was leading after three events from her much younger opponents but it was the final event, the 800m that let her down finishing 4th with a time of 2.25.46sec for a final score of 5784pts, losing our by just 37points.

Bridget Cushen
July 4, 2017