An­gela Cop­son the pick of the bunch in Malaga


Athletics Weekly - - Contents - Tom Phillips’ pho­tos from Malaga were in the Sept 13 and 20 is­sues of AW but you can view more from Malaga at tom­phillip­spho­

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

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