GOLDEN GIRL: Kate Carmichael with the medals she won at the world titles.
GOLDEN GIRL: Kate Carmichael with the medals she won at the world titles. Renee Albrecht

ATHLETE IS 'SCARY' FAST

ATHLETICS: Gympie athlete Kate Carmichael is literally on top of the world after a scorching performance at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

The former marathon runner, turned sprinter, set the field alight in the 100m winning gold with a time of 15.7 seconds. However, it was the 16.2 seconds she ran in her heat that Carmichael said truly "scared” her.

"The 100m is my main event,” Carmichael said.

"I was just hoping to get into the finals but I surprised myself by running the fastest heat, which scared me.

"I pushed myself and I knew that I had gone

really fast.”

Carmichael was able to carry that form into the final where she ran even quicker.

"I get emotional just thinking about it now,” Carmichael said.

While the 100m may be her pet event, the veteran runner secured gold in the 200m, completing the famous track double.

Her silver in the high jump was a bonus she was not expecting.

Acting as a consolation prize for persistence, Carmichael was the only competitor who did not

use the Fosbury flop method.

She jumped a respectable 1.10m to secure a silver medal.

"I thought I would put my name down and give it a go,” Carmichael said.

"There are very few high jump mats around. I got an old mattress, two steel posts and some bamboo.

"I thought if I can jump 1m then I will have a go. "I was the only one doing scissors, everyone else was doing flop.”

Carmichael's athletics journey started seven years ago via a keep-fit initiative at her work.

"By the end of the 10 weeks a couple of us from work (James Nash High School) thought now that we are fit we should do something so we ran the Bridge To Brisbane,” she said. Carmichael now has her sights set on an Australian championship in the same events after dominating at a state level previously.

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