Angela Copson the pick of the bunch in Malaga
ANGELA COPSON WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST IN MALAGA
THE British masters team returned home last week basking in the glory of topping the medals table at the World Championships in Malaga.
The team won an incredible 203 medals, including 80 golds, with the star performer being Angela Copson.
The W70 runner won seven gold medals, six of which were individual and one was a team gold, plus a bronze.
AW’s photographer out in Malaga, Tom Phillips, says her performances were the pick of a brilliant bunch with her 400m triumph possibly the most outstanding.
“She beat the New Zealander who had convincingly won both the 100m and 200m,” Phillips says. “It was close – and as I took her photo afterwards Angela couldn’t stop apologising that she’d beaten ‘the real 400 runners in their event’. Yes, apologising!” Copson’s week went like this:
Sept 5: wins 6km cross country on tough course by two-minute margin.
Sept 9: victory in the 10km road race by almost four minutes.
Sept 11: takes 800m title by 13 seconds.
Sept 12: 5000m gold by almost two minutes and six hours later, in a different stadium in Malaga, wins her 400m semi-final by more than four seconds.
Sept 14: her narrowest win as she triumphs in the 400m by three tenths of a second.
Sept 16: at 9.50am wins the 1500m by 30 seconds. Then at 12.30pm anchors W70 4x100m team to bronze medal. At 3.55pm she anchors W70 4x400m team to gold.
It wasn’t all about the Brits in Malaga, though. Phillips says Charles Allie’s 57.26 for 400m in the M70 age group was amazing and the American also won the 100m and 200m and two relays golds.
Angela Copson: seven golds and onebronze