7 October 2013
The Geelong Juggernauts dominated the second and final day of the dragon boat regatta at the 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong today winning three events.
The determined outfit won both events reserved for breast cancer survivors – the 10s and the 20s before adding the open 20s title to their growing trophy cabinet.
An April 2013 birthday enabled Kelly Ruddick to make one of the biggest impacts on the Games so far.
Turning 40 made the Ballarat Harrier and instrument technician immediately eligible for the 40-44 age group and provided her with the chance to target a 26 year old world record in the 5000m event.
For the second time this year, having claimed the 10km road record in May, Ruddick obliterated a world mark held by Suzanne Griesbach walking 21m 57.40 to slash 53 seconds from the Frenchwoman’s mark set in 1987. Ruddick is clearly on a mission and post race suggested that it will not be long till she betters the time once again,
“Give me two weeks and you might see a faster time in the 5k,” Ruddick who lives in Coghills Creek said post race.
“I have already tackled the 10km walk and I am feeling in great form to continue attacking world best times”.
And there is no doubt she is in great shape – currently leading the national rankings for the open women’s 20km walk – arguably Australia’s best depth athletics event at the moment. Whilst the younger women were at the World Championships, Ruddick won the national winter championship at Symmons Plains in Tasmania and in the process recorded the year’s best time of 1hr 33.15 nearly a minute quickly than the girls who went to Moscow.
As glorious as the day was for Ruddick, it only bought disappointment for former AFL star David Schwarz and the coach of his Myths and Legends 35+ basketball team, Des de Kretser.
With just seven minutes in the game to go and having made a useful contribution to his team’s impressive lead, the Ox pulled a hamstring bringing an end to his first Masters Games experience.
Meanwhile competitors will engage in 24 of the Games 50 sports, comprising:
Equestrian competition begins at Werribee with the dressage discipline the first to be featured whilst the day’s action in golf will be the four player ambrose at the picturesque 13th Beach Golf Links at Barwon Heads.
The Australian Masters Games will be staged until Saturday 12 October and is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events.
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