A round-up of the first few days of World Masters Championships action in Lyon
Britain’s Angela Copson (pictured) was among the early winners as World Masters Championships action got underway in Lyon.
The first few days of the event saw Britain get off to a fairly slow start and the nation’s only individual champion in the 8 kilometre cross-country was Copson, who has set world W65 records at the mile and 10km this year. She won the over-65s title easily in France in 34:40.
Ros Tabor, who has beaten Copson regularly on the track over the last year, settled for a distant second in 35:38 and ensured a team gold.
The other British individual medallists were Pam Jones and Anne Martin who were second and third in the W75 event and Claire Donald who was a close second in the W55 race in 31:14.
The highest men’s placer was masters international winner Robert Atkinson, who was fourth in the M55 event.
The fastest times were by France’s W45 Zohra Graziani in 28:44 and by Spain’s M40 José Blanco Quevedo who ran 24:59.
In early track action on day three in blistering heat, Martin Ford finished third in the M70 5000m in 19:57.40.
Warwick Dixon set a British M80 record in the hammer with a throw of 38.67m that saw him finish fifth.
» Further updates will be posted on athleticsweekly.com while next week’s magazine will include reports, pictures and results