Suffolk claims gold at Oceana Masters

CAMBEWARRA athlete Cristine Suffolk has once again blitzed the competition at a major international athletics masters event.

Suffolk, who is deaf, left for Bendigo early Sunday morning to compete at the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships.

She competed in the women’s 40 to 44 years 5000 metres on Monday and took gold in a time of 20:54.55.

The 43 year-old will race in her pet event, the eight kilometre cross country final, today, in the Oceania Masters Cross Country Championshops.

It is not the first time Suffolk has had success at the Oceania Masters Cross Country Championships.

She also won gold three times competing in the Oceana Masters Cross Country Championships held in Queensland in 2008 (33.45.0), Tahiti in 2010 (32.32.0) and New Zealand in 2012 (36.43.0).

Suffolk hoped that she will be able to bring home two gold medals when she returns on January 12.

Suffolk is one of 404 members of the Australian Masters Athletics team that travelled to Bendigo to compete, 125 of whom competed at the World Masters Cross Country Championships in Brazil last year.

The Oceania Masters Athletics Championships hosts athletes from Australia, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Fiji, Malaysia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the United States.

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