Mission accomplished. 4th consecutive National 400m Title ('15 outdoor, '16 indoor and outdoor)
Unfortunately, our World Record attempt in the 4x200m relay won't happen because Don is not 100% and Oscar is sick. And, to avoid risk of injury, I'm not racing in the 60m this year since I'm going to Daegu for the World Championships. So, instead of running 7 races like last year, I'm only running 3: the 200m semis and finals are tomorrow and Sunday.
|Home stretch - last 50m|
I got out of the blocks well but James in front of me, got a slow start and I took the lead immediately. I never saw anyone after I entered the back stretch. I hit my 200m split really close to where I wanted, about 26.25, (shooting for 26.0). James made a move on the back stretch and I could hear his foot steps ... he seemed close. As I was about to enter the final stretch I glanced over my shoulder to see if he was there, but I was alone. 15m out, Peter Taylor said, "And Yelverton will win it." It was a relief. Very happy to be under 56 again.
Nice to join up again with my Masters track family. Chatted with Ben, Jim, Sonya, George, John C., Marcus, Sue, Robert, Bill C., Jack, Dave, Rob, Francois, Emma, Lorraine, and many others.
|M55 400m medalists - with Jim and David|
I saw Orville Rogers - age 99, the meet's oldest competitor, and I got him to stand for a photo with me.
|99 yr old athlete - Orville Rogers|