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18 Sep 2009

The oldest competitors at the European Masters Championships in Cadiz, Spain, showed their ‘younger’ counterparts how it was done, clinching golds in their respective events.

In the diving pool Rene Puddifoot proved age is no barrier, competing in her third event of the Championships. The 86-year-old was the only competitor in her age group (80yrs+) in the Platform event but went on to score 85.55. 

Maureen Neivens, the oldest synchronized swimmer in the competition, clinched her second gold, this time with the help of Susan Innes.

Neivens, who will be 73 on Sunday, and her Seymour Synchro Swim School partner Innes, 54, took the title unchallenged in the Women’s Technical Duet 60-69yrs category with an overall score of 61.666 (execution 30.333, artistic impression 31.333).

There was more gold medal success in the diving as Antony Hunter (Southampton DC) took the Men’s Platform  45-49yrs title with 258.75; Beth Ackroyd (Havering Cormorants DC) took the Women’s Platform 35-39yrs with 255.35 and Elizabeth Simpson (Havering Cormorants DC) captured the Women’s Platform  25-29yrs title.
In the swimming programme, it was a good day for City of Chester as their swimmers clinched two first places.

Thomas Walker took gold in the Men’s 200m Backstroke 70-74yrs age group, coming home nearly five seconds ahead of his nearest rival in a time of 3:14.57. While his team-mate Brenda Walker took the gold in the women’s equivalent event and age group, clocking 3:37.73 on her way to victory.

Jane Asher (King Cormorants) continued to accrue medals, this time taking two golds on the fourth day of competition. In the Women’s 50m Butterfly she powered to victory in 43.49 and later took the 100m Freestyle title in 1:24.81.

Nicolus Vaughn (British Navy) added to his tally with a gold in the Men’s 100m Freestyle and a bronze Men’s 50m Butterfly Age 45-49yrs. As did Jean Howard-Jones (Spencer Swim Team) who took gold in Women’s 100m Freestyle and a silver in the 50m Butterfly Age 65-69yrs.

There were silver medals for :
John Rittenhouse (Barnett Copthall) Men’s 200m Backstroke Age 50-54yrs
Kathleen Grimmer (Co Liverpool ) Women’s 200m Backstroke Age 80-84yrs
John Tennant (Birmingham Masters) Men’s 50m Butterfly Age 70-74yrs
Lindsey Gowland (Brierley Hill) Women’s 100m Freestyle Age 50-54yrs
Helen Ackers (Long Eaton) Women’s 100m Freestyle Age 35-39yrs
Jennifer Cluskey (Amersham SC) Women’s Platform Age 55-59yrs
Amanda Prentice (Army Swimming Union) Women’s Platform Age 35-39yrs
Susan Brierley (Barnett Copthall) Women’s Platform Age 30-34yrs
Gemma Pearson (Havering Cormorants DC) Women’s Platform  Age 25-29yrs .

And bronze medals for:
Malcolm Munro (Acton SC) Men’s 200m Backstroke Age 60-64yrs
Trevor Clarke (Heart of England) Men’s 200m Backstroke Age 55-59yrs
Susan Halter (Camden Swiss)Women’s 200m Backstroke and Women’s 100m Freestyle Age 80-84yrs
Barbara Morton (Southport SC) Women’s 200m Backstroke Age 75-79yrs
Derek Parr (Otter SC) Men’s 50m Butterfly Age 65-69yrs
Graeme Milne (Truro City) Men’s 50m Butterfly Age 55-59yrs
Lynda Miller (Sussex Martlets) Women’s 50m Butterfly Age 65-69yrs
Gina Hobson (Otter SC) Women’s 50m Butterfly Age 30-34yrs
John Tennant (Birmingham Masters) Men’s 100m Freestyle Age 70-74yrs
 Zoe Cooper and Alexandra Barnett (Walsall SSC) Women’s technical duet Age 25-29yrs

CLICK HERE for full results from the fourth day’s competition in Cadiz.


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