Athletes set for exciting finishes

THE heat's well and truly rising for this weekend's finale to the Oceania Masters track and field championships in Bendigo.

Eight days of exciting track and field action at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex will be completed on Saturday afternoon.

Sprint, throw and jumping skills will be on show.

First events are at 8.30am when the 200m heats are run at the Retreat Road complex.

Duels in the 3000m steeplechase start at 9am.

The 2000m steeplechase finals will be contested from about 9.20am.

Racing then switches back to the 200m finals from 10am.

Disciplines on the field program are women's high jump, men's triple jump and men's weight throw.

An exciting finale to the track and field action will be the relays.

The final event on the Masters program is Sunday's half-marathon.

The 21.1km event starts at 7.30am near Pall Mall and will pass many of the city's landmarks.

The gold medal-winning spree for Bendigo athletes in Australia's team rolled on in Friday's track and field competition.

Athletes aligned with Bendigo clubs to strike gold in track finals were Lisa Minchin, Barb Bryant and Heather Carr in the 5km walk; Greg Hilson, 400m hurdles; Michael Bieleny, Charles Chambers, Sophie Hawken, John Justice, Adam Parker in the 1500m.

Gold medallists from Bendigo in field events were Toni Phillips and Ros Woodburn, triple jump; Maria Bryce, javelin throw; and Sharon Barr, weight throw.

Full results are available at the Masters website www.omabendigo2014.com.au

Picture galleries at www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au

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