Eastern Bay athletes master the medals

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MAKING A SPLASH: Whakatane’s Owen Standen goes through the water in the steeplechase race at the World Masters Games in Auckland this week. Photos CMGSPORT

SOME Eastern Bay athletes are heading into the last days of competition at the World Masters Games in Auckland while other are already home with their medals.

The event includes more than 25,000 athletes competing in 28 sports. Athletes competed in various age groups. Some well populated but others had fewer than a handful of entrants.

Athletes from 100 countries competed in venues throughout Auckland and Waikato, after registering for the events in the months building up to the games.

And among the medallists was a swag of Eastern Bay athletes.

Owen Standen, competing in the 70-plus age group, won a silver medal in the triple jump and bronze in the 2000-metre steeplechase.

Brenda Davis won a gold in the javelin, bronze in the hammer and shot put in the women’s over 45 section.

Rene Otto won bronze in the hammer and discus in the over 50 age group while William Doney placed third in the men’s over 30 1500m race.

Kathryn McKay won the third-place play-off in the women’s over 54 squash tournament while Eckart von Beck made the semi-finals of the special plate.

On the back of no training the Whakatane women’s surf boat crew of Annette Hahipene, Marie Bicknell, Lorraine Murray, Tania Archibald and sweep Monty McGougan won bronze in the 200-plus section, the combined age division.

Barry Cutfield competed in the men’s 60-64 section and claimed silver medals in the surf ski, flag and sprint events and won a bronze in the oceanman race.

Graham Watt and Mark Jenkins won a gold in the over 55 double sculls final. Watt then went on to win a silver in the over 60 single sculls.

Watt teamed up with another Whakatane rower, Graeme Weston, and Brisbane’s Harry Fitzgerald and Jeffery Peereboom to win a silver medal in the quadruple sculls.

Other Eastern Bay competitors will wrap up their events before Sunday’s closing ceremony. Golfers Steve Heberley and Adam Broadmore were sitting well before the final day today.

A handful of Port Ohope Yacht Club sailors are also in action for the final day today. Whakatane’s Emma Parsons will race in tomorrow’s triathlon. The basketball competitions finish on Sunday which includes Whakatane’s Audri Abbott and Sonia Stewart.



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