Veteran Fisher grabs seven medals at Games
Masters runner Eddie Fisher proved that he still has plenty of fuel left in the tank at the recent Kamloops BC Senior Games in British Columbia.
Fisher stamped his authority on the four-day event, competing in the 60-64 age bracket where he copped seven medals that included gold in the 10K.
He won the 10K in an impressive time of 46 minutes and 22 seconds.
The veteran athlete also won silver medals in the 800 metres (2:55) and 1500 metres (6:02) as well as bronze in the hammer throw (13.1 metres), discus (20:45 metres), shot putt (6:55 metres) and javelin (18:57 metres) to cap a highly successful Games.
Fisher's bronze medal performances in the discus and shot putt were both personal bests.
Best known as a road runner, Fisher managed to make several trips to the podium despite competing with a niggling knee injury in sweltering conditions.
“Competing with a knee injury after running third in the Peachland 10K on July 4th and fourth in theKelowna Midsummer 8K six days later during which I tore a knee ligament was less than smart,” Fisher said.
“Needless to say one had to run for position rather than time in order to compete in all eight events, some of which were held in 94 degrees heat.”
Fisher thanked those who supported him.
“Without a deal of help this was not possible,” he said. “I must thank my wife Dengie for support and assistance, Donna Watson and the Bermuda National Athletics Association, meet directors for some great meets together with coaches Sonia Smith, Florence Trott-Sharp and Gabriel Wilkinson for genuine interest in helping an older novice.
“Also, thanks goes out to Alan Gilbertson, Ian Pilgrim and the Bermuda Triathlon Association for their events and advice on how to cross train with swimming and biking which saved me when injured.”
This year's Games involved as many as 4,000 participants who competed in 25 different sporting events.