Age just a number to these athletes

Peter Tearle, of New Zealand, throws at the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships yesterday.
Peter Tearle, of New Zealand, throws at the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships yesterday. Photos: Stephen Jaquiery
Didimo Tonelli, of Australia, lets go during the weight throw. PHOTOS: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
Didimo Tonelli, of Australia, lets go during the weight throw.
 Ivan Sobotka, of the Czech Republic, gives his all at the weight throw.
Ivan Sobotka, of the Czech Republic, gives his all at the weight throw.
Peter Young, of Australia, releases the weight.
Peter Young, of Australia, releases the weight.

This lot did not lack for experience. In fact, the oldest entrant has been in athletics longer than most of us have been on this earth. 

The nine competitors who lined up in the weight throw event at the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships at the Caledonian Ground yesterday had a combined age of 706, with an average age of just over 78.

So when most that aged are at home or even worse, these guys are throwing a 5.45kg or 7.26kg weight around. And not mucking around when doing it.

Peter Tearle was the oldest of them all.

The 91-year-old first did athletics when he was a boy back home in the United Kingdom.

The Masterton man came out to New Zealand after World War 2 - he went to fight in Burma but fighting got called off after the Americans dropped the bombs on Japan - and has been competing ever since.

He said he no longer could compete as well in the walking and running events so he liked to give the field events a go.

He hurled his weight a top distance of 7.27m, which was a record for the championships.

Let's not mention he was the only entrant in the men's 90 years-plus grade for the event and that it was the first time anyone of his age had entered the event.

Overall, John Reynolds, a 73-year-old from Australia, won the event with a throw of 12.70m.

The championships continue today, have a rest day tomorrow then go through until Saturday.

Opportunity for Peeters

Dunedin javelin thrower Tori Peeters has her big opportunity tonight at the Cooks Classic in Whanganui.

The Classic also doubles as a Commonwealth Games trial and Peeters, who holds the national women's javelin record, will line up in the event.

She has been competing in Australia of late and will be looking for a big throw.

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