Roberto Busi claimed victory in both the 5,000-metre and 10,000-metre events at the 2016 World Masters Athletics Championships held in Perth, WA. Image – Brett Morris.
By Kate Dzienis and special contributor Andrew Shugg
2015 Joondalup 10-kilometre state champion (WA) Roberto Busi has this week taken a double victory at the World Masters Athletics Championships, with this afternoon’s win in the 10,000-metre event a hot and speedy victory.
The Carlisle resident claimed world champion status with a gold medal in Saturday’s 5,000-metre race (M40-44) held at Ern Clark Athletic Centre (Cannington, WA) in an astonishing time of 14:46.60.
Busi put the pressure on early leading from the front and finished strong, well ahead of the rest of the field.
Today in the 10,000-metre track event, Busi yet again blitzed the field as he kept a hold of the lead and broke away from a three-runner group with just five laps to go.
In 27-degree weather and a cloudless sky, he claimed gold in a time of 30:58.37 and said he was extremely happy with his ‘double banger’ victory.
Busi’s teammates were there to high five him in a show of support and friendship, while a live stream on social media saw even more encouragement and accolades for one of Perth’s fastest runners.
The 10,000-metre track event saw a total of four Australian competitors finish, with two age categories combined (M35-39 and M40-45).
Second behind Busi in his age division was Spain’s San De La Fuente Martin (33:05:49) while Robert Celinski from Poland claiming bronze (33:09.31).
Special commendations to M40-45 Aussie runners Darren Peacock who took fourth (35:31.21) and Bunbury’s Desmond Shearer who took ninth (45:09.81).
In the M35-39 age division, Australia’s only finisher Asher Lindquist ran fifth (38:33.36).