Athletics: Inspirational septuagenarian strikes sprint gold double at British Masters

Tony Bowman
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inspirational SEVENTY-NINE-YEAR-old athlete Tony Bowman struck gold twice in the British Masters Championship in Birmingham on Saturday, writes CAMERON MATTHEWS.

The Guiseley pensioner won his first gold in the 100m with an impressive time of 15.37 seconds in his first competitive race for over a year.

A jubilant Bowman said: “It felt great getting back in the swing of things and winning again.”

Bowman, who began running for Middlesex as a teenager, was put out of action for over a year after suffering from a heart condition called atrial flutter.

His health problems certainly didn’t trouble him at the weekend, however, as he went on to grab his second gold medal of the games – winning his sixth British Masters 200m title in three years after clocking 33.43 seconds.

And the Yorkshireman has no plans to stop there; he also plans to take part in a decathlon in September when he turns 80,

Asked whether or not he feels that the decathlon is a daunting prospect, the Guiseley man said: “It’s a whole different kettle of fish.

“It’s a lot more endurance based whereas I’m more of a sprinter, but I’m confident that I will do well – just as long as the weather doesn’t ruin it for me!”

Ambitious septuagenarian Bowman has also set his sights on the 2016 World Championships that will be held in Austrailia.

He added: “I’m very excited and can’t wait to break some world records.”