Silver in World event for Ernest (80)!

Shaun Oneill


Shaun Oneill


ERNEST Tuff won silver in the recent World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga!

The 80-year-old Ballymena man was competing in the weight throw, and managed a record breaking distance of 17 metres .06cms.

Despite taking second best against top athletes from all over the world Ernest said he was disappointed he missed out on gold!

The Ballymena and Antrim Athletics Club athlete does not like settling for second best.

With his 'in-it-to-win-it' policy he will have been further annoyed with fifth in the discus, sixth in the shot and three no-throws in the hammer.

It was in the hammer Ernest thought he might have really made his mark.

But with the resurfacing of the throwing circle, which left it glossy and slippery, Ernest failed to get to grips with it and missed out challenging for a medal.

The Waveney Fold man is capable of a 45 metre distance; in Malaga the gold medal was won with a mere 42 metres!

Ernest holds World records in his Category for dead-lift and indoor 100 metres running.

Prior to heading out to Malaga for the World Masters Ernest was troubled with injury which put a spanner in the works of his training schedule.

Ernest competed in many disciplines in his lifetime starting at the age of 10 in athletics, was the school’s athletics’ captain 1951-2 and won the Northern Ireland youth Championships 1955 in the Discus with a throw of 40m.

He holds World titles in his category - deadlift and Concept2 Indoor 100m rowing.

After getting back into athletics he competed in the Northern Ireland Masters Athletics event at Mary Peters track Belfast.

There he broke the Great Britain and Northern Ireland (GBR) and Irish records in three events, the Shot, Hammer and Weight Throw.

Next for Ernest was the Track and Field Competition at Bangor SportsSplex where he beat his own record in the Hammer!

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