Noth­ing stops rebel Bill

The West Australian - - WORLD MASTERS - Kaylee Meer­ton and Saxon Dur­rant Julie Brims be­came a dou­ble world cham­pion after run­ning off the bend strongly and win­ning the W50 200m com­fort­ably. Pic­ture: Jesse Chance

Bill Collins has again in­spired spec­ta­tors with a gold medal on a bumper day of ac­tion which fea­tured more than 60 fi­nals at the Perth World Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day.

Amer­i­can ath­lete Collins, 65, was in se­vere doubt for the M65 200m fi­nal after be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal at the end of his heat on Mon­day with ch­est pain.

Collins, who has Guil­lainBarre syn­drome, said the cramp­ing be­gan in the morn­ing and spread after the race.

“My arm started cramp­ing and it went up in the ch­est … I told them I got a lit­tle pain up here and they im­me­di­ately thought heart,” Collins said.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal but checked him­self out at 6pm, against doc­tors’ rec­om­men­da­tions.

“They wanted to keep me un­til mid­night, but I told them no, I had a race to run to­day,” Collins said.

The race was a one-sided af­fair with Collins run­ning strongly to fin­ish in 25.55sec. to win his sec­ond gold medal.

Collins said he had to run again for the fans.

“Com­ing out of hos­pi­tal I could have just said pack it in, but the fans up here, my inspiration, they wanted to see me run again,” Collins said.

An­other crowd favourite, Julie Brims, con­tin­ued her amaz­ing re­turn from in­jury as she claimed her sec­ond gold medal of the cham­pi­onships.

The Aus­tralian was es­pe­cially ex­cited to win her favourite event, the W50 200m, com­fort­ably win­ning in 25.84.

“I train by my­self all the time so I’m used to run­ning by my­self up the front,” Brims said.

“It is good to win in Aus­tralia be­cause my fam­ily is here and they never nor­mally come with me when I race, so it’s good to have that sup­port.”

In an un­ex­pected fin­ish for the W65 200m fi­nal, Lyn Peake won gold over fel­low Aus­tralian and race favourite Carol Davis who stumbled be­fore the line.

The 66-year-old was out with a back in­jury just seven weeks ago and said she was lucky to even be com­pet­ing in these cham­pi­onships.

“I haven’t been able to train for five weeks, so I’m just happy to be run­ning to­day,” Peake said.

Ger­man Roland Groeger beat favourite Clin­ton Aure­lien to win his sec­ond gold of the cham­pi­onships while com­pa­triot Bernd Schauwecker claimed gold in the M45 in what will be his last com­pet­i­tive cham­pi­onships.

Schauwecker, who was vis­i­bly ex­cited to win gold for his coun- try, said it was an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing.

“I had hoped that it could be pos­si­ble that I would win a medal but to be the cham­pion, no, never,” Schauwecker said.

Great Bri­tain’s TJ Os­sai and Steve Peters are now dual gold medal­lists on the track as both ath­letes took home gold in the 200m to add to their 100m medal.

Peters said he had hoped to get the world record but vowed he would next time, after miss­ing out by only 0.11.

West Aus­tralian 96-year-old Arthur Car­bon, rac­ing in the M95 200m race, took home a gold medal as he fin­ished in 1:07.71.

The old­est fe­male com­peti­tor, 96-year-old Aus­trian El­friede Fuchs, threw 4.07m in the shot put to take home gold.

Fuchs said the se­cret to her long, healthy life was to al­ways keep mov­ing and stay mo­ti­vated.

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