Delight for Wayne Doyle at NZ Masters

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Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
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GOLDEN FORM: Timaru athlete Wayne Doyle won multiple gold medals at the New Zealand Masters Athletic Championships in Invercargill

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Timaru masters athlete Wayne Doyle had a golden weekend at the New Zealand Masters Athletic Championships in Invercargill.

Competing in the 50 plus age group, he won titles in the pole vault, discus, shot put, long jump, high jump and javelin.

In doing so he smashed Canterbury records in the shot put, with a put of 13.43m beating the previous mark by 20cm, and javelin with a distance of 47.20 metres, breaking the previous record by 30cm.

Doyle said the javelin mark was the one he really wanted.

"That had been one of my main focuses leading into the event and it came on my last throw. I knew I was close to it, and that I could get it, but I knew it was going to hurt.

"I can tell you now my whole shoulder and arm aches because of it, but I have the record and that's all that matters."

Doyle competed against 10 other athletes in his section including two world masters champions.

"The competition was very fierce," he said. "I gave it 100 per cent and now my body is absolutely aching all over [but] I can't wait to do it all again."

Doyle will now have the winter off to let his body recover.

Masters runner Walter Hume also competed at the national event.

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- Fairfax Media

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