Top medal haul for Gympie pair
GRINNING from ear to ear earlier this week, Gympie athletes Chris Lucas and Karel McClintock are still coming down from the high of competing at the Pan Pacific Games on the Gold Coast last weekend.
The pair have every reason to be feeling proud after returning with medals to add to their growing collections.
Lucas bagged two bronze while McClintock, no stranger to returning from meets with a massive haul, lifted three silver and two bronze.
Lucas’ bronze medals came after returning to the track following a break of 20 years.
Taking out third in the 60m and 100m sprints surprised the Gympie runner.
“I used to make track and field representative teams when I went to high school in Gympie and it’s great to be out competing again,” he said.
“I was hoping I would be competitive and to have won two medals is a great result.”
Prompting Lucas to throw on the running shoes again was his recent move back to Gympie and retirement.
“I’ve got more time now so there’s no excuse for me to not be out there giving it a go,” he said.
Returning from a 20-year break means Lucas now has to set new times as his personal bests. It won’t be long before his new times are under threat given his devotion to training.
Meanwhile, McClintock’s outstanding year got even better after her performance at the Pan Pacific Games, yielding three silver and two bronze medals.
Contemplating possible retirement on the horizon, it’s hard to see the eager athlete giving up her passion for athletics any time soon with the results still piling up.
The athlete claimed silver in shot put (8.57m), weight throw (7.90m) and weight pentathlon (2,161 points). Her bronze came in hammer throw (20.56m) and discus (23.79m).
A particular highlight for McClintock was breaking her personal best in weight throw.
“I will give myself a week off after last weekend,” McClintock laughed.
“It was a good result and getting that personal best was a great achievement.”
Like fellow Gympie athlete Dave Ross, Lucas and McClintock are now looking ahead to the Australian Masters next April.
The duo also has its sights set on a possible appearance at the 2013 World Masters Games.
With countless competitions before then, the training continues.