The eyes of the athletics world are currently on Eugene, Oregon where the World Championships are taking place but earlier in the month PH’s Roger Clark competed successfully in the Masters World Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Having already won the Scottish V50 400m title inside and out, as well as recently defending his UK outdoor title in Derby, Clark went into the championships as one of the faster entrants but had two rounds to negotiate before the final. He also had the 4 x 400m to look forward to on the last day of the championships.
Roger had an excellent run of 55.16 seconds in Tuesday’s heat to finish first and qualify fastest for the semi final the following day. The semi final saw him better his time slightly to again win his race in a time of 55.03 and qualify 3rd fastest for the final, behind Patrice Doucet of Canada and Australia’s Andrew Wilcox.
After a rest day on Thursday Roger lined up for Friday’s final in lane 4 with the two faster qualifiers outside him. Despite managing an even faster time of 54.59 he was unable to hold off Wilcox and Doucet, who won gold and silver respectively, but secured a superb bronze medal ahead of GB & NI teammate Steven Baldock.
The following day was the relay where Clark teamed up David Shortridge, Craig Beecham and Baldock to win a gold medal for GB & NI. Roger ran leg 1 with a split of approximately 54.4, contributing to a team result of 3:46.91. In second place was the Canadian team featuring individual silver-medalist Doucet, just ahead of the home team, Finland, who picked up a bronze.
Huge well done to Roger on these latest achievements. He has said he is planning to get back to running some longer races so perhaps we will see him back on the roads soon…