Six gold, three silver and two bronze medals were won at this year’s Midland Masters Meet up in Rugby, helping our Men to climb up to 17th place in the 2018 GB Team Decathlon competition.
Alex Mason may have been disappointed with his times in the 18-24 years’ age group but 4:24.48 was good enough to claim gold in his 400m Freestyle. This was followed by a silver medal for his 57.35 in the 100m Freestyle.
In the 55-59 years’ age group, Alastair Gibb finished second in his 200m Breaststroke and 400m IM and collected bronze over both 200m Backstroke and 400m Freestyle.
However it was Graham Powell who was in particularly impressive form at Rugby. In his first competitive swims of the year, Graham won all five of his events in the 60-64 years’ age group. Posting a time of 33.63 in the 50m Backstroke, a win over 200m was swiftly followed by 32:29 to snatch victory in the 50m Butterfly. Two further golds came in the 100m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke.
Graham’s times have helped him to take over the fourth place from Malcolm Barton in Team Luton’s Decathlon team.
Malcolm had competed at the Erith & District Masters meet the previous weekend. Despite the water being ridiculously warm for achieving fast times, Malcolm still claimed first place in his age group’s 400m IM. The slowest seeded heat for that event was an all Team Luton affair which saw Malcolm swimming alongside Alastair Gibb and John O’Rourke. John now occupies third place in the club’s Decathlon team having gained more valuable points, whilst finishing second in both his 800m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke.
Our Men are up to 17th place in the GB MastersTeam Decathlon whilst our Ladies (none of whom competed at either Bexley Heath or Rugby) are now in 76th place.