World Masters Athletics Championships 2007
Riccione, Italy, 4 to 15 September


I had a great time in Riccione. It was hard work, as I raced on four of the days, and on some others I was on my feet for up to 12 hours taking photographs.

I’m pleased to say that I came away with a gold medal from the M50 sprint relay, in which I ran the lead-off leg, and also a personal best 200 metres time as a Master, set when winning my heat. You can read more on my blog page.

My race commitments, and the fact that the championships were spread over three stadiums linked by erratic and overcrowded buses, account for the gaps in my photographic coverage of the championships. No one person could have covered everything! I came home with more than 4,000 photos, and have posted a representative sample here on the web site.

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Opening Ceremony, Monday 3 September

Great to see old friends again and to persuade the Kiwi team to do the hakka in the middle of the shopping mall!

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Tuesday 4 September

The day of the big storm! Well done decathletes and heptathletes, who competed even though the nearby cross-country races were abandoned!

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Wednesday 5 September

After more storms overnight, the multi-eventers battled on.

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Thursday 6 September

First round for the 100m sprinters, plus some M35 long jump.

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Friday 7 September

100m semis and finals, and the first appearance of the true senior citizens of our sport. Also M70/65 5,000m.

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Sunday 9 September

First rounds for the 200m, and the 800m finals at Misano in the evening. My own first international win, in 200m heat today.

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Monday 10 September

The strongest, fastest and oldest athletes today.

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Wednesday 12 September

A morning of 400m heats at Misano and an afternoon of hurdles qualifiers at Riccione.

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Thursday 13 September

10,000m action from San Giovanni in the morning, triple jump and 400m semis at Misano.

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Friday 14 September

400m and 1,500m finals action from Misano. Top sport!

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Saturday 15 September

Relays, relays, and more relays! Plus a handful of marathon runners.

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USA Team in Riccione

About 300 shots of athletes from the USA Team in Riccione. Hi, guys!

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Australian Team in Riccione

Shots of athletes from the Australian Team in Riccione.

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