ATHLETICS - Williams wins gold and two bronze medals at European Masters Athletics Championships - The Stratford Observer

ATHLETICS - Williams wins gold and two bronze medals at European Masters Athletics Championships

Stratford Editorial 26th Mar, 2024 Updated: 28th Mar, 2024   0

PAULA Williams won one gold and two bronze medals competing at the European Masters Athletics Championships Indoor in Torun, Poland.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Athletic Club athlete won shot put gold before also claiming bronze in the 60m and javelin despite struggling with an Achilles injury.

Despite limping away after securing bronze in the 60m, Williams’ haul of three medals helped Great Britain finish fourth overall in the medal table.

Williams said: “I’ve had fun and medalled in the three events I took part in.

“I got to run the 60m which is what I was really excited about and finally I’d like to thank the many club members for their support while I was competing.”

Williams ran a season’s best time of 8.42 seconds in her 60m heat before then qualifying for the final with an even quicker time of 8.30 secs in her semi-final.

However, the Stratford athlete’s troublesome Achilles required treatment following her exploits.

The following day, Williams won shot put gold to become European champion as her final throw of 12.49m edged Germany’s Sonja Römmert out of first place by just nine centimetres.

And on the final day of competition, Williams secured bronze by one hundredth of a second as she somehow powered through to the finish despite her Achilles injury.

Williams finished the competition with javelin bronze with a throw of 35.28m as Israel’s Dorit Naor throw of 35.68m proved enough to win gold.

The Stratford athlete also planned to contest the 60m hurdles but opted to withdraw from the event at the last minute due to her painful Achilles.

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