The World Masters Athletics Championships came to a close Sunday in Perth, Australia. Among the the items Kim Ethier will be declaring on her customs form is a shiny new gold medal.
Ethier became a World Champion last week, claiming gold in the Women’s 45 javelin throw with a toss of 36.90m. While short of her seasonal best, the effort was seven centimeters better than silver medalist Ina Adam of Germany. Showing her former heptathlon talents, Ethier also posted top eight finishes in the 80m hurdles, long jump and high jump.
In the sprints, former World Indoor Masters Champion Lawrence Williams was a double finalist in Perth in the men’s 45 category. The long time member of the Ottawa Lions showed improvement in each of the three rounds of both the 200m and 400m. The progress culminated with a fifth place showing over the full lap event and seventh in the half lap.
Rounding out the trio of Lions down under was club high jump record holder Leslie Estwick. In her first year back in competition after more than a decade away, the former world championship participant cleared the third highest height in the women’s 55 high jump, but finished fifth in the count back. Estwick also placed sixth in the 80m hurdles and was a finalist in the long jump.