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Six of the best for Tearle

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ATHLETICS

CHRIS COGDALE
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A stay in hospital didn’t stop evergreen athlete Peter Tearle returning from the national masters track and field championships in Hastings with six gold medals.

The 94-year-old repeated his effort of winning all six throwing events at the 2019 championships in Timaru.

Tearle, competing in the 90-plus age group, won gold medals in the discus, hammer, shot put, javelin, weight throw, and the throwing pentathlon, which takes in all five disciplines.

His success is even more remarkable given that he was recently in hospital with a kidney ailment.

Tearle had previously competed with success on the track but now focuses solely on throwing events.

He wasn’t the only Wairarapa competitor to taste success.

Heidi-Jane Humphries won the women’s 40-age group 3000m, and Andrea Harris was second in the women’s 45-age group 800m and 1500m.

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