The World Championship of Athletics Master close down with new world records, a successful participation and the appearance of volunteers parading together
This edition of the World Athletics Master Championship has been closed with new world records and a total success of participation. The last competition of the championship, the relays of 4x400m. In the main stadium Ciudad de Málaga, they have put an end to the international meeting between applause from the public.
The closing ceremony was attended by Mr. Stanley Perkins, president of the WMA (Recognized by Margit Jungmann, first female world leader in athletics); Enrique López Cuenca, president of the Málaga delegation of athletics; D. Elisa Pérez de Siles, Mayoress of Sport “Ciudad de Málaga” and Douglas Smith, representing the Toronto organization in 2020.
An act conducted by the official speaker of the Championship, Juan Garrido, where the signs of gratitude for the athletes and all the team involved have been reiterated. During the event, there has also been an incredible parade of volunteers, followed by the handing over of the flag. from the World Master Athletic, to the new organizers of Toronto 2020; who ensure to face this challenge with enthusiasm, organization and effort.
Of the 101 nations and nearly 8,200 athletes who participated in the Championship, which took place from 4 to 16 September 2018, only 30 countries left Malaga without medals. In the absence of reviewing the last day of today, Spain leads the medal table by countries with 185; 60 gold, 43 silver and 80 bronze. Followed very closely by the Germans with 156 and great equality between men and women; with 75 and 81 medals obtained respectively.
However, the highest honors have been earned by those athletes who managed to set new world records. Giuseppe Ottaviani, a 102-year-old Italian athlete, achieved the world record for the long jump with a distance of 0.85 meters. For his part, Man Kaur, at 101 years of age, obtained record in throwing javelin in this world cup for his category. But they are not the only ones, veteran Ceuta athlete Samira Mhamdi broke new national record in 2,000m obstacles for women over 40; with a mark of 7:07:02.
For its part, the Salamanca Isabel Almáraz shined with light own conquering the W45 world title of 5,000 meters with a time of 17:46:93. In addition, the athlete Adrián Marzo was awarded the gold medal in hammer throw for the 50-year category, beating the national record that was at 56.70.
The closing ceremony this afternoon at the main stadium Ciudad de Málaga has put an end to a qualified edition of success by the president of the WMA, Stanley Perkins. Our athletes have not competed for prizes or medals, but for living the experience of competing, keeping fit and overcoming any barrier, physical or mental. A meeting that renews expectations for the next edition and reaffirms the health benefits of athletics and any sport adapted to our condition and circumstances.