Andrew Webb, GB, shows the pain – and relief – on crossing the line in the final of the men’s 100m Hurdles in the 65-69 year old category. His time of 18.81secs brought him in 2nd and earned him a Silver medal.
Sheila Champion, Ireland, born 1935, prepares for her shot put throw in the women’s 75-79 year old category in the World Masters Games, Turin, August 2013. I had noticed, and complimented her on her beautifully manicured nails and I was delighted when they were so visible in this photograph.
Tracy Bezance GB, born 1964, crossing the finishing line in the women’s 45-49 year old 400m in a time of 63.01, just outside a medal position (she was hoping for 62 secs).
Baclav Panocha, born 1933, concentrates as he prepares to throw the Shot Put in the 80-84 year old category where he gained a Gold medal for his throw of 10.40 (though the World Record for his age group is 13.98m).
Richard Rzehak, Germany, born 1929, gathers his strength before throwing the shot put 9.52m to achieve Silver medal position in the 80-84 year old age group Shot Put competition.
Vincent Costello, USA, born 1952, competes in the Decathlon Long Jump, 60-64year old age group. His jump of 4.69m put him in 2nd place for this event in the Decathlon (though the World Record is 6.07m).
Anders Tollstern, Sweden, born 1947, pulling himself to Gold medal position in the Pole Vault event, 65-69 year old category, clearing a height of 2.80m (some way below his best jump last year of 3.00m). The World Record for his age group is 3.89m.
William “Bill” Daprano, USA, born 1927, competes in the javelin 85-89 year age group in the World Masters Games, Turin, August 2013. His throw of 16.29m put him in second place to his life-long rival (and now friend) Katsuya Aso of Japan, whose throw of 19.35m earned him gold medal position for this age group. Daprano’s wife, Jeanne, is the current world champion middle distance runner in the 75-79 year old age group. Talking about her husband’s friendship with Aso, she says “the real story is that 70 years ago they would have killed each other in the war. And now they are special friends. That is the real miracle.”