Masters warm up

ABOUT 70 athletes representing every Australian state and territory, in addition to three visitors from New Zealand, warmed up for this weekend's Australian masters track and field championships in Launceston yesterday.

The three-day titles are being held at the Domain in Hobart, but St Leonards athletics track grabbed a slice of the action by staging assorted pentathlon events for the competitors, aged between 31 and 86.

Track and field and throws pentathlons were staged throughout the day, incorporating hammer, shot put, discus, javelin, long jump, 100m, 200m, 800m  and 1500m.

The event was named the Shirley Brasher Australian Masters Athletics Pentathlon Championships in honour of the late Tasmanian multiple world champion.

M50 world record-holder in shot putt, Stuart Gyngell, of  NSW, in action at the  Australian  Masters Pentathlon Championships at St Leonards. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON.

M50 world record-holder in shot putt, Stuart Gyngell, of NSW, in action at the Australian Masters Pentathlon Championships at St Leonards. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON.