Medal tally keeps growing

THE medal tally for many competitors at the Oceania Masters athletics titles in Bendigo keeps on building.

Running great Steve Moneghetti contests cross-country at Bendigo Jockey Club

Tuesday's action at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill was highlighted by several multiple wins.

Track action began with the hurdles and was followed by the 800m and 100m.

The field program was high jump, javelin, hammer, long jump and discus.

Many of Australia's stars continued to shine as did those from New Zealand, Czech Republic and Nauru.

The aptly-named Greg Champion, yes he of Coodabeen Champions fame, showed his skill in the hurdles and high jump.

Champion clocked a time of 20.41 seconds as he won the 55-59 years 100m hurdles.

The radio star, who is a special guest speaker at Wednesday night's Masters dinner at the All Seasons, leapt 1.25m in the high jump event.

Those who climbed on to the dais to receive gold more than once on day four of the Masters were Sharon Barr, Stephen Bullock, Jacques Butcher, Donald Chambers, Greg Champion, Luke Di Biasi, Heather Doherty, Claire Giles, Shawn Hennig, Dorn Jenkins, Greg Mamalis, Gianna Mogentala, John Neale, Cassie Neubauer,  Christine Schultz, and Valerie Worrell.

Dapto's Max McKay followed up Monday's record-breaking feat in the hammer by winning Tuesday's javelin contest.

McKay, 90-years-young, achieved a mark of 10.22m in the javelin.

In the field events, Bendigo's Sharon Barr starred at hammer and discus.

The Bendigo Harriers athlete hurled the hammer 29.52m to win the 50-54 years division.

A mark of 20.19m was enough for Barr to win the discus final.

Eaglehawk's Rhondda Dundas continued her great form by throwing the hammer more than 29 metres to win the 65-69 years final.

Greg Hilson from White Hills cleared 1.60m to win the 40-44 years high jump.

Sophie Hawken raced around the Retreat Road track in 2 minutes 32.5 seconds to win the 30-34 years 800m.

An exciting duel in the 75-79 years 800m ended with Bendigo's John Justice finished a second in front of Australian team-mate Max Brook. Times were 3:12 and 3:13.

An all-Bendigo race for the 50-54 years 800m was won by Michael Bieleny from Wolf Heiden.

Adam Parker clocked 2:17.3 to win the 30-34 years 800m.

Two-hundredths of a second were between Leo Coffey, 17.1, and Bendigo's Ken Bruechert, 17.3, at the end of the 100m dash for the 80-84 years class.

Wednesday's fifth day of the Oceania Masters includes the 8km cross-country being run at the Bendigo Jockey Club in White Hills from 9.30am. 

Among those competing will be Olympic marathon competitor and Australia's distance champion Steve Moneghetti.

The gun from Ballarat will wear No. 30 as he competes in the 50-54 years class.

Moneghetti's rivals in his age group include Peter Cowell from Bendigo Harriers, Eaglehawk's Trevor Kelly, South Bendigo's Wolf Heiden and Bendigo University's Michael Bieleny.

A big day for Moneghetti includes a speaking engagement at the Masters dinner, The function at the All Seasons starts at 6pm.

There will be 11 men's age groups running in the cross-country at the Nursery of Champions.

Australia's Kevin Onley and New Zealand's Jim Tobin will be vying for the 80-84 years title.

The women's race includes New Zealand's Clasina Van Der Veeken, who was born in 1931.

Another big day of track and field action kicks off 7.30am when the 3km walks are contested. The five-discipline pentathlon will be run.

Full results from day four of the Oceania Masters in Bendigo are available at the website

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