A bright afternoon in day 9 at the European Masters Athletics Championships in the province of Venice, Italy, and an excellent haul for Germany thanks to a couple of continental records. The 4x100m relays started with a new W75 European mark by Anne-Kathrin Eriksen, Vroni Lay, Helgard Houben and Hannelore Venn in 1:13.92. At the same time, pole vault took place in the Jesolo stadium as Petra Herrmann set W60 continental best performance improving it to 2.83.
Special guest in men’s long jump was James Beckford, Olympic vice champion in ’96 and two times world silver medallist. The famous Jamaican landed at 6.67 into -1.0 headwind, out of competition in M40 age-group, adding something more to the event, while Cosmin Lupu of Romania won gold medal with 6.40.
Eraclea roads hosted again race walkers, on this occasion for 20 km, and among the others Briton Ian Richards collected his third individual gold of the championships. In Caorle throwing pentathlon had a day fully dedicated to women. The highest score belonged to Briton Evaun Williams, 5568 points for her fifth victory at EMAC 2019.
Luca Cassai – photos by Alfred Hermes