Doyle claims national masters decathlon record

Timaru man Wayne Doyle recently broke a national masters record in Wanganui.

Timaru man Wayne Doyle recently broke a national masters record in Wanganui.

South Canterbury athlete Wayne Doyle has a spring in his stride and a new gold medal.

The 50-year-old has recently returned from a meet in Wanganui where he smashed the national decathlon masters record in the 50- to 54-year-old age group.

Doyle said breaking the record was a great achievement.

"I'm just over the moon. I'm really happy with how I went up there. It was one of those events where everything just went to plan perfectly."

Doyle has returned from Wanganui with a gold medal and new national record, after dominating the masters section.

He was one of twenty athletes to compete in the ten events over two gruelling days.

Doyle's final total was 7018 points, breaking the previous record by more than 500 points, smashing his previous best of 6250.

"I was aiming to record a new [personal best] up there, but to do as well as I did certainly caught me by surprise," he said.

"I managed to do personal bests in almost every event, including 12.23 seconds in the 100-metre, 1.61m in the high jump, 3.20m in the pole vault and 46.20m in the javelin."

After being introduced to the sport 39 years ago by athletics coach Ian Baird, Doyle has not looked back.

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"I really enjoy the decathlon and always have. I just wanted to compete in events when I was younger.

"I still look to Ian for a bit of advice to help me improve anyway I can."

Doyle said there were a couple of events in the decathlon that he found more difficult.

"The 400m and 1500m are tough races, and when you finish them you just want to collapse, but I enjoy competing in every event."

He now plans to take a well earned rest, before training through the winter to prepare for the World Masters Athletic champs in Perth, in November.

"I'd love to do really well in Perth. I'm currently ranked fourth for my age group following that effort in Wanganui so you never know. If I go well, then I could place over there."

 - Stuff


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