Thomas wins two gold and two silver at World Masters Championships in Australia


The World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth, Australia concluded on Monday (November 7) with five Indiana athletes competing during the 13 day competition that started on October 26.
Leading the Indiana performances were Robert Thomas and Latashia Key; both of Indianapolis.
Thomas, who turned 50 in August, won two gold medals in the relays and two individual silver medals.  His golds came in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.  In both races he and his Team USA teammates outran a strong German team who was led by Roland Groeger. Groeger was the 100m, 200m, and 400m champion earlier in the competition.  Thomas won his silver medals in the 200m and 400m races; trailing Groeger in both.  In the 200m Thomas ran 23.40 with Groeger stopping the clock at 22.97.  IN the 400m Thomas ran 53.13 with Groeger running 51.41; just missing the world record by .02 seconds.
Key, 44, brought a bronze medal back to Indianapolis as she helped Team USA to a third place team finish in the W40+ 8 km cross country event.  She was the second American to cross the line running 36::20. She finished ninth overall in the W40-44 division.  On the track she was 11th in the 800m (2:44.22), 13th in the 1500m (5:37.79), and 16th in the 5000m (21:37.68). 
The other Indiana athletes to compete were: Keith Lively of Jamestown (9th M35 1500m, 4:46.11), Matthew Sell of Fort Wayne (M40, 23rd Marathon, 4:56:35), and Curtis Baldwin of Indianapolis (M60, 31st 200m, 33.86; 32nd 400m, 1:16.79).