Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Three gold medals, one silver, two bronze and a world record – not a bad haul for Norwich athlete Carole Filer at the World Masters Indoor Championships, you could say.
World Athletics Masters Indoor Championships, Budapest
Gold – Long jump (4.71m) (BR), High jump (1.44m), 4x200m relay (1.55.90mins) (WR)
Silver – 60m hurdles (10.28secs)
Bronze – 60m sprint (8.87secs), 200m (29.53secs)
The City of Norwich Athletics Club (CONAC) member has returned from the championships in Budapest, Hungary, with her clutch of medals and a beaming smile.
The 58-year-old was competing in the women’s over-55 category at the event and enjoyed huge success.
Filer, who lives in Thorpe Hamlet, opened her account in the W55 category with third place in the final of the 60-metre sprint in a time of 8.87secs.
The following day she recorded an emphatic victory in her favoured long jump event, with a British record distance of 4.71m and all her recorded jumps being further than the best jumps of any of her opponents.
The same evening Filer took third place in the final of the 200m in 29.53secs.
But perhaps her most satisfying performance came in the high jump where the mother-of-two took her second title on count-back with another British record time of 1.44m, followed shortly afterwards with a silver medal in the 60m Hurdles in 10.28secs.
Filer’s championships then ended on a high on the final day with victory as a member of the 4x200m relay team in a W55 World Athletics Masters record time of 1.55.90mins.
Filer, who was recently elected to the Athletics Norfolk Hall of Fame, said: “I’m very, very pleased with what I’ve done. I didn’t go to Budapest with any expectations of doing so well, especially as I had a chest infection in January and missed the whole of January and wasn’t able to do any training.
“With how the age grouping works as well, I’m coming to the end of my age group as I’m 59 this year, and often the winners tend to come from the beginning of the age group, so I was quite pleased that I wasn’t the youngest as well.”
Filer also competed in the World Masters Indoor Championships two years ago, in Jyvaskyla, Finland, and won gold in the W55 pentathlon, high jump and 4x200m, silver in the long jump and bronze in the 60m hurdles.
She has enjoyed incredible success but was a late starter to track and field, adding: “It was taking my two children to track events when they were younger, and they are now 35 and 30, so that was 20 years back when I was 37 or 38 before I started.
“Before that I had always played netball so that helped to keep me fit.
“The most success I’ve had is in the long jump.
“I was jumping nearly five and a half metres when I was nearly 40, so I do wish I’d had the opportunity to test myself when I was younger.”
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