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Paul Forbes breaks World M65 record at European Masters Champs

Paul Forbes breaks World M65 record at European Masters Champs

GB finish championships strongly with record-breaking 800m success + full results from the World Road Running Championships

European Masters Championships, Italy, Pescara, September 21-October 1

Though they had a lead in the medal table over the early days, Great Britain had to settle to for a clear second behind hosts Italy. However, they were well clear of Europe’s usual powerhouse masters nation Germany.

Boosted by the usual strong showing of a host nation in the road events, Italy won 162 golds and 391 medals compared to Britain’s 108 and 278 and Germany’s 83 and 237.

The other top nations in the top ten with golds won in brackets were Spain (62), France (39), Finland (34), Poland (33), Sweden (23), Ireland (17) and Austria (16).

Britain did particularly well in the track events and especially in the 800m.

Former 1:45 man Paul Forbes was the star performer as he set a world M65 record of 2:13.74 while Zoe Doyle set a British W45 record of 2:14.71.

Other two-lap winners were M35 Dave Proctor (1:56.04), M80 Victor Shirley (3:05.00), W50 Nikki Sturzaker (2:23.55), W75 Angela Copson (3:17.08), W80 Betty Stracey (5:11.78) and W85 Anne Martin (5:46.40) giving Britain eight golds.

Virginia Mitchell was second in the W60 race in a British record 2:30.91 while M60 Dave Clarke, M55 Adrian Haines and W75 Anne Dockery also gained silvers.

Mark Symes, who only made the final as a fastest loser, fell just 0.02 of a second short of winning M50 gold in third place even though he is a M55 in a few weeks and had a stroke at the start of the year.

For more detailed results over the whole championships read the updated report from last week here.

British winners were David Proctor (800m and 1500m), steeplechaser Daniel Eckersley and Lloyd Powell who gained a share of high jump gold.

Lloyd Powell

100 (-0.5): 1 N Kouassi ITA 10.82; 3 Duayane Bovell GBR 11.03
200: 1 C Andonii ROU 22.07
400: 1 Andonii ROU 48.64; 3 Dale Willis GBR 49.70 (49.75 sf)
800: 1 David Proctor GBR 1:56.04;
1500: 1 David Proctor GBR 3:58.73
5000: 1 A Falasca Zamponi ITA 15:12.14
10,000: 1 N de Nicola ITA 30:59.52
3000SC: 1 Daniel Eckersley GBR 9:11.62
110H (1.5): 1 V Orduna ESP 14.74
400H: 1 R Czyz POL 53.39
HJ: eq1 T Rysio POL/Lloyd Powell GBR 1.85
PV: 1 P Czerniak POL 4.80
LJ: 1 A Couffe FRA 7.23/1.7
TJ: 1 M Caldeira POR 14.40/0.8
SP/Throws Pen: 1 J Tukeva FIN 14.97/3102
DT: 1 S Dekker NED 54.16
HT/Wt: 1 I Teras EST 50.18/16.14
JT: 1 J Baseda GER 59.77
Dec: 1 E Gouron FRA 5992
4×100: 1 FRA 42.54; 2 GBR (Dickens,…

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