HAMMERS were hurled many metres in Thursday's throws pentathlon on day six of the Oceania Masters athletics championships in Bendigo.
Medals decided on a great day of competition at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex were for the women's throws pentathlon and men's track and field pentathlon.
Points were awarded across five disciplines.
The women's events were hammer throw, shot put, discus, javelin and weights throw.
After throwing implements on Wednesday, several men were back at the Flora Hill complex to duel in the long jump, javelin, 200m, discus and 1500m.
Among the many highlights was the performance of Queensland's Heather Doherty.
At 80-years-young, Doherty achieved a mark of 21.74m in the hammer. The feat earned 934 points on the way to a gold medal-winning tally of 4269.
A closely-fought duel for the 60-64 years men's pentathlon went the way of David McConnell.
After being well behind after the javelin, McConnell hit back superbly in the 200m and 1500m for an overall score of 2681 points.
Silver medallist was Bruce Bodsworth on 2655.
It was a New Zealand double in the 50-54 years class as Bruce Solomon and Mark Lett excelled.
Bendigo's Sharon Barr continued her hot form as she scored 2093 points to win gold in the 50-54 years division.
Barr's highest-scoring disciplines were hammer, discus and weights throw.
Women's throws pentathlon, Australia unless shown otherwise:
30-34 years: Audrey Thomson 1499.
35-39 years: Cassie Neubauer 1575, Vanessa Beddie 850.
40-44 years: Althea Mackie 2934, Lynette Smith 2915, Brenda Davis (New Zealand) 2632.
45-49 years: Lisa Minchin 876.
50-54 years: Sharon Barr 2093, Christine Dell 1655.
55-59 years: Jill Taylor 3141.
60-64 years: Christine Schultz 3279, Kate Clarke 2928, Linley Bowyer 2177, Lorraine Mussett 1638.
65-69 years: Marty Thomas 3651, Beverley Hamilton 3300, Rhondda Dundas 3278.
70-74 years: Jan Banens 3721, Helen Searle 3423, Justine Whitaker (New Zealand) 2296, Beverly Hugo 2098.
75-79 years: Valerie Worrell 3054, Patricia Drayton (New Zealand) 2829, Gwynneth Heseltine (New Zealand) 2381.
80-84 years: Heather Doherty 4269, Clasina Van Der Veeken (New Zealand) 2744, Tina Baarsslag-Leb 2501.
Men's track and field pentathlon, Australia unless shown otherwise:
30-34 years: Mathew Brooks 2009.
35-39 years: Dennis Langford (New Zealand) 2495, Jamie Muscat 2030, Chris Timewell 1911.
40-44 years: Matthew Scholes 1779, Rodney Watson 1461.
45-49: Shawn Hennig 2833.
Hammer mark by 80-years-young athlete from Queensland among world's best
50-54 years: Bruce Solomon (NZ) 2773, Mark Lett (NZ) 2566, Kevin Fisher 2301, Brendan Magill (NZ) 2024, Tony Dell 1909.
55-59 years: Andrew Atkinson-Howatt 2293, Robert Hanbury-Brown 2033, Tom Gravestock 1976, Norman White 966.
60-64 years: David McConnell 2681, Bruce Bodsworth 2655, Graham Ford 2649, Stephen Fuller 2641, David Lobb (Cook Islands) 1655, Nick Miletic 1473.
65-69 years: Garry Maher 2649, Vasyl Shuter 2228, Ivan Brown 1982, Viddy Jermacans 1833.
70-74 years: Stanley Miller 2076, Tony Bradford 1652, Andrew Fraser 1416, Tom Leong 1284.
75-79 years: Max Brook 2349, Allan Wood 1842.
80-84 years: Brian Sharpe 1293.
85-89: Rad Leovic 2439.
Friday's action at the track begins at 8am.
Full results from the Oceania Masters are at www.omabendigo2014.com.au
Photo galleries at www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au