Hercules Wimbledon Athletic Club’s Anna Garnier made a winning debut in the European Masters track and field championships when she took the women’s over 60 1500 metres title in Aarhaus, Denmark, on Sunday, writes Tom Pollak. Garnier, 63, gained a narrow victory in the metric mile beating two German athletes to the gold medal. She crossed the finishing line in 5 minutes 46.93 seconds to win by just over half-a-second from Rita Schubert. “It was a really tight finish and I had to battle all the way to the line,” said Anna, “but I’m really thrilled to have won a gold medal on my first European Masters track Championships.” Garnier, 63, was competing in her third European Masters championships meeting. She made her debut back in 2009 when she finished just outside the medals in fourth spot in the European Masters women’s over 55 cross country championship in Ancona, Italy, then, two years ago, she took gold in the European Masters over 60 cross country championship in Torun, Poland. Anna was the first of a quartet of Hercules Wimbledon golden oldies in Denmark to strike gold. The other three all looked set to pick up medals as they progressed through the qualifying rounds of their events.
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