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ATHLETICS: Grandmother Dot strikes gold in Budapest
INSPIRATIONAL Weymouth grandmother Dot Fraser continued her love affair with athletics by striking gold and silver at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest.
The 77-year-old stormed home in a time of 11.55 seconds to win the women’s 75+ 60m in Hungary before going on to finish second in the 200m in 40.52secs.
What makes her achievements even more special is that she earned her two medals less than a year after suffering a stroke.
“It was a big surprise to get gold and silver, I didn’t expect it,” she told Echosport. “I was hoping to get third in the 60m but didn’t expect to get anything in the 200m.
“It was a big shock when I came first in the 60m and I was really chuffed with how the 200m went.
“I’ve trained really hard after having the stroke, though I’m a lot slower now than I was before it.
“But I’m really pleased I can still run. Athletics is my life and I’ve always enjoyed running.
“I want to keep going for as long as I can.”
The veteran runner, who carried the Olympic torch in 2012, is a member of Weymouth St Paul’s Harriers Athletics Club and has been involved in the sport, on and off, for more than 60 years.
She is the British record holder for the 400m in the 70+ age group and wants to return to the distance having cut back following her stroke last June.
Currently ranked number one in the country in her age group for the 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m and shot putt, she will now continue to look to add to her ever-expanding medal collection.
Meanwhile, the Harriers were also represented in Budapest by Kevin Archer who, after recovering from a virus, made the men’s 60+ 1500m final where he came eighth.
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