Ian Horsburgh of Central AC finished his 2019 Season with a silver medal run in the M40 category of the 200 Metres at the European Masters Championships in Jesolo, Italy. Ian’s season had been a bit stop-start with calf niggles and it was a gamble to travel, self-funded, to Italy to compete in these Championships especially as it meant three races over two days.
Ian set down a marker in the heats on 11 September with the third fastest time of the round qualifying with a win in 22.97 seconds. The semi-final and final were both played out on Thursday 12 September with fluctuating wind conditions. Ian knew that his main threat came from Sweden’s Lion Martinez and they were both drawn in the same heat, with a 1.3 metre per second following wind Lion won with 22.43s with Ian less than a stride behind in 22.51s with both comfortably qualifying for the final as the two fastest sprinters.
Conditions weren’t quite as favourable in the final with a 0.5 metre per second head wind as both athletes were locked together down the finishing straight. In the final shakedown both were given the same time of 22.62s and it was only after studying the photofinish image that Lion was given the gold by less than 0.01 second.
Central AC are proud of Ian’s efforts to stand on the second step of the podium as the second fastest M40 European athlete over 200 Metres.