Chambers clears hurdle record to end on a high

VETERAN Rutherglen decathlete Don Chambers has warmed up for next year’s athletic season by breaking an Australian record.

The Wodonga Athletics Club member, 75, ran 15.03 seconds to break the Australian men’s 75-79 80-metres hurdles at Bendigo Multi-Events championships last week.

It was his second record of the two-day carnival; he also broke a Victorian record for points accumulated in a decathlon.

Chambers said it was a confidence boost for next season’s events which included the British Masters indoor championships and the World Masters in Brazil.

“I was pretty pleased with my result,” Chambers said.

“I haven’t hurdled since I first turned 75, in Canberra in June.

“I broke the men’s 75 record then but I’ve had a few troubles with my stride since then from not being fit enough.”

The fact it was an all-age carnival may have helped Chambers break the record.

He said the girl, 14, he was chasing down the straight helped him run a faster time than what he might have done otherwise.

“She beat me by about half a step, she sure made me go,” Chambers said.

The decathlon event runs over two days and runs as follows: long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 metres. Day two: 80 metres hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, 15,000 metres.

Chambers’ next major event is the Victorian Country Championships during the Australia Day weekend.

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