Alan Bryant.HE may have entered the Victorian Masters Track and Field Championships with light expectations, but Alan Bryant left with a heavy load.
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The Warrnambool competitor snared three gold medals and a silver after approaching the competition with a positive and relaxed attitude.

“I was hoping I’d do well in triple jump and probably the long jump but I really just wanted to go and enjoy it,” he said.

“I don’t take a bag of ambitions or expectations because if you do that, I don’t think you enjoy yourself as much.”

Bryant ticked off his goal of enjoying himself, with his medals a bonus.

Competing in the 65 to 69-year-old category, he claimed gold in the 200 metres (31.95 seconds), long jump (3.96m) and triple jump (8.35m), while he was second in the 100m (15.49 seconds).

His medal haul marked his best performance at the state titles, which were held at Doncaster.

The 65-year-old said he believed training at Brauerander Park had been a huge benefit.

“It’s a first-class facility so it makes a big difference,” he said.

“I train four to five times a week which ranges from general running to jumping technique, sprint work and plyometrics.

“I also do core exercises.”

Bryant was surprised to win the 200m, in which he came up against friendly rival Myer Vorchheimer. “We both got a good start and I ran the bend really well,” he said.

“We were shoulder-to-shoulder with 90 metres to go.

“I slowly got in front and got away in the last 30 metres.”

He was consistent in the triple jump while in the long jump, he clinched gold with his last jump.

It was just four centimetres off four metres, which is considered the “holy grail” in his age group.

Two other south-west competitors took part in the state championships on the weekend, with Warrnambool’s John Reynolds collecting three silver and two bronze. He finished second in the hammer throw (33.44m), weight throw (12.96m) and weight pentathlon (2888 points) while he was third in the discus (32.65m) and shot put (8.78m)

Port Campbell’s Colin Silcock-Delaney picked up silver in the 5000m and 2000m steeplechase and bronze in the 1500m and 1500m walk.

Reynolds, Silcock-Delaney and Bryant are all competing in the Australian Masters Athletics Championships at Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium over Easter.

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