The World Masters Athletics Championships 2009
Lahti, Finland,
28 July to 8 August 2009

Wow, what a Championships! One person, even with two cameras, can’t go everywhere, but I hope you enjoy these galleries. As usual, most are of the Great Britain athletes, but there’s much else, as you can see.

I had a great time in Lahti. I made it to both of my sprint finals, missed out on a bronze medal in the 200m by just two hundredths of a second, and ran some of my fastest times ever! Our superb 4x100m relay team won gold, so I made it to the top of the podium in the end. The story’s in my
Lahti blog.
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Tuesday 28 July 2009

First day of decathlon and heptathlon, in the main stadium. Age groups were spread around several venues, which made it impossible to see everyone in action.

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Wednesday 29 July 2009

More decathlon and heptathlon, this time including action from both the main stadium and Radiomaki arena, too. Also some track walks from there.

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Thursday 30 July 2009

Time for me to start racing too, though I am amazed how much else I photographed on this day, including the grand old men in the M85 and M90 long jump.

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Saturday 1 August 2009

Mainly sprint finals day! My own final was the best 100m I’ve ever run as a Masters. I got fifth in the World final. Fine by me!

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Sunday 2 August 2009

The 200m competition began for me on the track, with a good win in my heat. The day ended with great 800m finals at Radiomaki stadium.

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Monday 3 August 2009

I have no photos from this day. I came second in my 200m semi-final in the morning, and fourth in the 200m final, just 2/100ths from a medal, later in the day. The cameras stayed in the hotel! This was a defining day in my sprinting career.

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Tuesday 4 August 2009

One of the busiest days of the Championships, with 400m and 1500m action, and much else too.

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Wednesday 5 August 2009

A rest day. In the evening, there were two special 100m graded races for World age group champions. Presentations after, by Lasse Viren and Javier Sotomayor, no less!

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Thursday 6 August 2009

Part 1—events at the Main Stadium and road walks.

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Part 2—events at Radiomaki (1,500, etc).

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Friday 7 August 2009

Part 1—Mainly sprint hurdles finals.

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Part 2—Mainly 400m finals in Main Stadium.

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Saturday 8 August 2009

4x100 and 4x400 relays. Only a few photos of the 4x100s because I was racing. We won gold.

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USA Team in Lahti

Many of these photos feature in other galleries, but I have grouped them all here too.  Well done to Ken Stone, and roll on Sacramento in 2011!

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German Team in Lahti

Great to see old friends and rivals once again.

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Italian Team in Lahti

Many familiar faces here.

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Australian Team in Lahti

Some great Aussie performances in Lahti.

 

I’m sorry I won’t be at the World Masters Games, in Sydney.

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