BENDIGO athlete Geoff Shaw is the city’s newest world champion,
An outstanding exponent in many track and field disciplines, Shaw struck gold in the decathlon for the 70-years class at the World Masters championships in Malaga, Spain.
The Bendigo Harriers veteran won six of the 10 events run across a gruelling two-day format.
Shaw’s score of 7165 points surpassed the Victorian record of 6233 he achieved as he won the 65-69 years title at last summer’s Australian Masters decathlon championships.
Highs for Shaw in Spain included a leap of 4.56 metres at long jump, a clearance of 1.39m at high jump, 400m victory in 1:09.93, and an 80m hurdles win in 15.86.
He also scored the most points when he soared three metres at pole vault, and took out the final event, the 1500m in 6:16.66.
Shaw’s consistency was to the fore against a field that included athletes from France, Chile, Iceland, Spain, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Uruguay, and United States of America.
He ran the 100m in 14.77 seconds to be third fastest, and was sixth-best at discus, 25.31m, and javelin, 23.95m.
At shot put he scored 532 points for a best of 8.00m.
The silver medallist scored 5777 points.
Shaw’s team-mate Viddy Jermocans scored 3801 in the 70-years decathlon.
Superb feats at national, state and regional level in the 2017-18 track and field season earned Shaw the Neil Macdonald Veteran Athlete of the Year for the Flack Advisory Bendigo Region.
He won gold in high jump, long jump, triple jump and pole vault in the 65-69 years category at the Australian Masters Championships in Darwin.
He has also broken Bendigo residential records for his age group at high jump, triple jump and pole vault in the past 12 months.