Mayor’s a British Master again with four more medals in Cardiff

JOHN Mayor showed no ill effects from a long injury lay-off at the British Masters Championships. He won two golds, a silver and a bronze at the British Masters Athletic Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships in Cardiff. The Stevenage and North H

JOHN Mayor showed no ill effects from a long injury lay-off at the British Masters Championships.

He won two golds, a silver and a bronze at the British Masters Athletic Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships in Cardiff.

The Stevenage and North Herts athlete was competing in the men's 45 to 49 age group over the weekend.

It was his first competition since the world championships in Spain in August where he tore a calf muscle while leading the decathlon and has not been able to train properly until six weeks ago.

Saturday saw him take on the five event pentathlon (60m hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump and 1000m).

He took the lead by winning the first event (60m hurdles) and amassed a total points score of 3585 points, 200 points clear of second place Brian Slaughter, a former European pentathlon champion.

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His times and distances were 60m hurdles (9.2 secs), long jump (5.62m), shot put (8.91m), high jump (1.65m) and 1000m (3:10).

In between events for the pentathlon, he found time to run the individual 60m hurdles race and after hitting two hurdles hard, he still managed a bronze in a time of 9.7 seconds.

Just a few minutes later, it was over to the long jump for the individual competition and with a leap of 5.61m he secured a silver medal.

After spending more than an hour and a half warming up, he was ready for the individual high jump on Sunday.

He cleared a height of 1.65m to take the gold; this was really pleasing as he had taken silver for the previous four years.

With the outdoor season starting soon, he is aiming for the European Championships in Poland later in the year as his main target. Another goal is a Great Britain versus USA decathlon challenge in Oxford in August.