Congratulations to Human Performance Development athlete Russell Clowes on winning the Australian Masters Athletics 800m (Men’s 35-39) at the 2019 AMA Track and Field Championships!
In blustery conditions, Russell (39) patiently waited until 250m to go before kicking home to take first place by 1.03s, crossing the line in 2:06.98.
Russell Clowes in the Australian Masters Athletics 800m (Men’s 35-39) at the 2019 AMA Track and Field Championships (image by Graeme Dahl)
In Russell’s own words: “Not my best time for the season, but definitely my best race. It was a very windy day so tactics became important. I was very pleased with the end result.”
We’re very proud of the consistent hard work Russell has put in since he joined us in April 2018 to overcome a long list of injuries from years playing Aussie Rules football and competing in Decathlon, including:
L5/S1 bulging disc;
navicular stress fractures (L+R);
broken and torn ligaments in the ankles (L+R);
stress reactions in the tibia and fibula (L+R);
shoulder reconstructions (L+R);
torn calves (L+R);
torn hamstrings (L+R);
torn quads (L+R);
strained hip flexors (L+R);
thumb reconstruction (R);
several broken fingers.
Previously unable to string together more than eight to twelve weeks of training before succumbing to effects of the injuries, Russell has now completed nearly twelve months of unbroken training and has increased his tolerance for volume from a maximum 20-25 kilometres per week to 80-100. We look forward to seeing what the coming twelve months bring.
2:06.98 _ 01_ M35009 _ Russell Clowes (VMA)
2:08.01 _ 02 _ M35003 _ Mark Andrews (VMA)
2:08.63 _ 03 _ M35007 _ Neil Brennan (VMA)
2:10.19 _ 04 _ M30013 _ Dean Ryan (VMA)
2:23.23 _ 05 _ M35025 _ Aaron Norton (VMA)
2:45.32 _ 06 _ M35016 _ Tim Johnstone (QMA)
Be sure to check out the race in the video, below:
Read how Russell fared in the Australian Masters Athletics 5,000m (Men 35-39) race on Sunday…