Above: Liz Wilson finishing third in the masters exhibition race in Beijing
Liz Wilson of New Zealand finished third in the masters over 50's exhibition 400m race at the World Championships in Athletics in Beijing.
The 52 year old from Otago drew the fifth lane and struck out early in the race and was challenging for victory entering the home straight. But she started to tie up nearing the finish and just held on for third in 1:02.54, under a second outside her personal best.
Wilson who won three titles at the recent world masters championships in Lyon France admitted that the heat of the day had a lot to do with how she started the race.
"I went really well, I felt great down the back straight and on the last bend but must have tried a little too hard and had latic at the end, but that's how it is on the day," she said.
"I'm still third in the world, so I'm pretty happy."
Sarah Read Cayton of Great Britain won in 1:00.05 from compatriot Virginia Mitchell who recorded 1:00.81.
It has been a full month for Wilson away from home, training in Europe, nine races in Lyon and on to Beijing.
The IAAF and World Masters Association included the women's 50+ 400m and a men's 50+ 800m as exhibition races as a new initiative.
from Murray McKinnon in Beijing