Mark Giglio had five events to contest at the World Masters Athletics
Championships in Malaga, Spain: The M45 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x400m relay,
and he was also entered in the M40 4x100m relay.
He reached the final of each individual event (100m, 200m, and 400m)
which meant running heats, semis, and final for each, a total of 9
individual races. Reaching each of the sprint finals was not achieved
by any other athlete in the M45 category.
In terms of results, while he made the final of the 100m, 200m, and
400m, the large workload probably took its toll as he placed 8th in
each. He ran his Masters 100m PB of 11.60 on the fast Malaga Mondo
track, the eventual 100m winner Jason Carter (UK) running a new European
record of 11.01s. The M40 4×100 relay team were unfortunately
disqualified because of a bad baton change.
The M45 4×400 relay saw Masters veterans and ex-Olypians Andrew Wilcox
(AUS) and Mattias Sunneborn (Sweden) pitched in a rematch of their 2016
4×400 relay anchor leg. The AUS team was rounded out by Australian pro
runners Nathan Crowley (who skipped the individual 1500m to focus on the
4×400 relay) and Shane Ezard. Mark took out the first leg and ran a
faster split than his individual 400m. The Australian team won the
hotly contested final in a new Australian record of 3:30s, which broke
the 31 year old Australian record from 1987 by 3s.
Overall it was a terrific experience with great camaraderie and team
spirit. Mark is hoping to rally his Essendon Team Mates for the World
Indoors Poland 2019 and World Masters Toronto 2020.
Attending the World Masters Championships in Spain was such an amazing experience. My event was the 1500m and in the W40+ there was 60 competitors and the top 10 was extremely competitive with all of us with best times within seconds of each other. I won my heat on Saturday night and advanced to the final on the Sunday morning. Typical of championship racing it came down to a 200m kick down and due to lack of racing I didn’t have the legs. The race was won in 4.36 and I finished 7th in 4.40.