Masters brave the wind and rain for medal haul

By TONY WHITE

GRAFTON athletes Dianne Alderman and Ricky Bender have returned from the Pan Pacfic Masters Games on the Gold Coast with a swag of medals.

Despite competing in inclement weather at the Griffith University athletics field, Alderman, 48, snared gold in the 100m and silver in the 200m, shot put and discus events in the 45-49 age category.

She ran a personal best 13.8 to win the 100m.

Brisbane-based runner Leanne Smith beat Alderman in the 200m and another Brisbane athlete, Michelle Schafer, edged Alderman out in the shot put and discus.

"It poured on Saturday, but we still ran then all the events had to be cancelled on Sunday due to the weather," Alderman said.

"Even in the 200m on Monday, when we came around the bend it started to pour.

"I'm really pleased with my results.

"I wasn't expecting to do that well."

Bender, 42, competed in the 100m, long jump, javelin and 60m.

"I finished with two silvers, a bronze and an almost (fourth)," he said.

"I qualified for the final of my first event, the 100 metres, but my knee played up and I decided to skip the final.

"I'm really feeling it now, I feel like an old man, but I had a great time.

"I took my son Josh up and they gave him a medal for helping out, participation."



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