Suffolk brings home triple gold

CAMBEWARRA athlete Cristine Suffolk has struck gold again, this time at the Oceania Masters Athletic Championships held in Bendigo from January 4 to 12.

After winning the 40 to 44 years 5000 metres on Monday, January 6, with a time of 20:54.55, Suffolk then competed in the women’s eight kilometres for 40 to 44 year-olds on Wednesday, January 8.

On what was a difficult track, Suffolk, 43, blitzed the field with a finishing time of 34:29.5, two seconds clear of Australia’s Ingrid Douglass and Sharon Rankin. 

Suffolk, who is deaf, is a part of the Australian Masters Athletics team, which is home to 404 members, where 125 of those members raced at the World Masters World Masters Cross Country Championships in Brazil, 2013.

As a part of the Australian Masters 35 to 45 years cross country team, Suffolk went on to claim another gold inn the championships in the 5000 metres, and a bronze as a part of the Australian masters medley relay team.

This is Suffolk’s fourth successful Oceania Masters Championships after sharing success in Queensland in 2008, Tahiti in 2010 and New Zealand in 2012. 

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

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