Alasdair stays at the top of the field

In six world championships Alasdair has always finished in the top three.
In six world championships Alasdair has always finished in the top three.

LEWIS athlete Alastair Dunlop recently competed at the World Masters Athletic Champs in Sacramento, California.

The 800m was his first event and after a heat and a semi he qualified for the final, third fastest after an Aussie and a Texan.

Coming into the home straight he was lying third, but managed to edge past the Texan to gain a silver medal, finishing a second behind the man from Brisbane.

Alastair`s time of 2min 9.1 sec was his best for three years and from an entry of 61 he was pleased with his performance.

Next up was the 1500 semi final and he won his race to reach the final. The other semi was won by another Aussie who ran much quicker than anyone else and was the obvious favourite.

In the final this athlete from Sydney ran away from the field to create a new world record of 4min 12 sec for this over 55 age grou,p but the next three places were very close with Alastair overtaking an American shortly before the line to take third place.

Two years ago he gained bronze at these championships in Lahti, Finland but again he was quicker here in 4min 25 secs, which made up for the fact that he thought he might have got silver in this race. He also ran in Britain`s 4x 400 relay team picking up another bronze behind the USA and Australia.

Alasdair was worried about the heat beforehand but while it was rarely below 90 degrees, being a dry heat, it was never really a problem.

In six World Championships competing in both 800 and 1500m Alasdair has never finished out of the top three and he was happy not to spoil this record.

Nearly five thousand competitors from 48 countries took part and part of the enjoyment, aside from competing, is meeting up with those from a different background.