WORLD champion decathlete Geoff Shaw broke his Australian Masters record at the weekend’s Athletics Victoria and Australian Masters multi-event championships in Bendigo.
Shaw’s score of 7307 points capped remarkable performances across the 10 disciplines he contested at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex.
Gold medal-winning feats by Shaw and Bendigo Harriers clubmate Brett Gilligan, and South Bendigo’s Trudy Haines capped two great days of action on the track and field.
Gilligan and Haines earned four gold medals apiece as Australian and Victorian Masters champions, and Athletics Victoria and Victoria Country title winners.
The combined tally of Bendigo records broken by Shaw and Gilligan was 11.
Competing in the 70-74 years class, Shaw won the Australian and Victorian titles.
The 70-year-old’s campaign kicked off with a time of 14.87 in the 100m, and was followed by a leap of 4.49m at long jump; 8.12m at shot put; 1.40m at high jump, and the 400m in 1:08.72.
Day two began with the 80m hurdles in which Shaw powered to the line in 15.76 seconds.
He went on to hurl the discus 25.45m, cleared 3.10m at pole vault, hurled the javelin past the 27m mark, and ran the 1500m in 6:21.45.
Shaw broke venue records for 70-plus in decathlon, long jump, 400m, 80m hurdles, and 60-plus and 70-plus pole vault.
It was a bitter-sweet moment for Gilligan in the 40-44 years decathlon.
The highest points scorer in all seven opening events, Gilligan tore a hamstring on his first attempt at pole vault and scored no points.
After being wheeled from the track and treated, Gilligan returned to hurl the javelin to 33.03m from a standing start.
He took one step at the start of the 1500m and then limped off the track, but a score of 5131 points was enough to clinch gold as Box Hill’s Simon Watson was runner-up on 5089.
Gilligan’s leap of 1.72m at high jump broke the venue record for the 40-plus age group.
After being disqualified in the 80m hurdles of the 45-49 years heptathlon, Trudy Haines struck back to leap 1.33m at high jump, put the shot to 7.41m, and ran the 200m in 33.62.
After marks of 3.51m at long jump and 19.19m at javelin, Haines ran the 800m in 3:24.9 to earn a final tally of 2591 points.
South Bendigo clubmate Sebastyn Andrea scored 2936 points to be fifth in the under-16 heptathlon as he marked personal bests of 25.69 in the 200m and 25.33m at javelin.
A time of 4:57.33 in the 1500m was a second off his PB.
The 13-year-old contested the 4kg shot put for the first time and achieved a mark of 8.40m.
Harriet Gall from Bendigo Harriers scored 2342 points to be runner-up in the under-14 girls pentathlon.
The quality of athletes was reflected in the tally of 19 venue records being broken.