Sally Read-Cayton leads GB 1-2 over 400m as David Heath dominates 800m at the IAAF World Championships
British masters athletes dominated the special exhibition races at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
The over-50 races were by invitation to the fastest age-group runners in the world at the women’s 400m and men’s 800m.
Sally Read-Cayton won a perfect tactical race to win the 400m in 60.04, her fastest time for five years. Just 50 in April, she overhauled New Zealand’s world masters champion Liz Wilson around the 300m mark.
Finishing fast for second was Read-Cayton’s fellow Briton Virginia Mitchell, who was a close second to Wilson in the recent World Masters Championships in Lyon. Mitchell clocked 60.81 to Wilson’s 62.54.
David Heath, who was 50 in May, won the men’s 800m easily. Content to ease through the first 200m, he kicked hard after 400m and was on course to break his own world masters record but just tied up in the last 30 metres. He won in 2:00.92 with Sweden’s Gunnar Duren in second in 2:03.41.
The winners received their awards from incoming IAAF president Seb Coe, who when asked why he wasn’t running himself, said: “I’m a bit slow for that now!”
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