8 October 2013
Kilsyth’s Lavinia Petrie celebrated her birthday just in time for the 14th Australian Masters Games being staged in Geelong throughout this week.
Turning 70 on 13 September meant a new masters age-grouping and the chance to focus on Great Britain’s Cecelia Morrisson’s women’s 70-74 world record at 5000 metres of 22m 06.02secs.
Today’s fourth session of athletics competition at the Games provided the platform and the former Australian representative did the rest - carving nearly 42 seconds off the old mark to take victory and the record in 21m 24.23secs. It followed Kelly Ruddick’s achievement in bettering the W40-44 5000 metres walk world mark on Monday.
Petrie was a member of Australia’s first ever team to go to the World Cross Country Championships which competed in Morocco in 1975, having won the women’s national championship the previous year – one of six medals she collected in the fiercely-contested event from 1966 onwards.
Meanwhile 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Julie McDonald was anchoring her Geelong Pussycats unit to victory in the 35+ badminton team competition by a margin of 6 matches to 3 over their grand final rivals - The Bad Seeds.
Jane Marney, Katja Thomas, Craig Booley, Gary Sapwell and Ken Haggerty completed the locally-based team of three women and three men which dominated the round robin competition from Saturday to go into today’s gold-medal match as the warm favourites.
Another Commonwealth Games representative, Dawn Nelson-Furnell, who went to Dehli in 2010, was in action in the FITA target archery competition at the Lovely Banks venue, scoring an impressive victory in the women’s 40-49 recurve event. Husband Peter picked up bronze in the same event in M50-59 to make it a family day-out.
Today also saw results confirmed from Monday’s arduous weight pentathlon – a popular part of the track and field athletics program. Amongst the outcomes from the five-event competitions in which athletes score points for their best performances in each of the shot put, discus, hammer, javelin and weight throws:
With the Games reaching the half-way mark, Wednesday features competition in 17 sports as well as some time away from the sporting action, with the staging in the Avalon Airport Games Village of the Mid-Week Party.
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