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Brendan Lynch ran a fine race is in his first World Masters Championship final. Despite recent injury troubles Brendan had qualified in style and made a fantastic start to his M65 100m final. This obvious inspired previous world champion and multiple age group world record holder Bill Collins as the American used the tailwind to power to a new world record of 12.17secs which was only 0.06secs slower than Britains multiple world champion and record holder Steve Peters ran in the younger M60 age group final. Brendan hung on gamely and in a close finish flashed across the line in 13.54 Secs to finish in 8th place, a fantastic debut at world championship level.
Alex Bryce is more experienced at this level having run numerous World and European Championship finals. In the large field Alex was quickly into his running and decided his best chance of success was to try and control the pace of the race despite the very strong wind in the back straight. The field were happy to play along for the first lap and Alex did his best to hold as many as possible off on the back straight. Unable to quicken, the battle to maintain current pace and position was on as the field swept into the home straight. Alex battled all the way to the line finishing 12th in a time of 2min 21.81 secs.
Janette Stevenson decided not to run her 800m final and watched as a ferocious pace was set by the same two Americans who had finished first and second in the 5,000m. With an amazing finishing burst the result was reversed this time, as both athletes beat the previous world record.
The Vic's will now enjoy a few days off before a busy weekend commences with the 1500m heats on Friday and as is the tradition in all major championships finishes with the relays and half marathon on Sunday.