Anderson ends World Masters’ Championships with a silver medal as Weir prepares for Uganda race

CITY of Plymouth’s Simon Anderson brought an end to a successful World Masters’ Championships in Korea by winning silver in the men’s over-50 1,500m event.

Two days earlier in Daegu, Anderson had won gold in the 3,000m. He had also finished fourth in the cross country competition at the start of the week.

Anderson was just denied an indoor track middle distance double by Canada’s Paul Osland.

Osland clocked 4:26.83 to take the 1,500m title, with Anderson finishing in 4:29.68 and his Great Britain team-mate Brian Scally winning bronze in 4:31.52.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Anderson’s City of Plymouth AC colleague Victoria Weir will compete for Great Britain in the junior women’s race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda.

It will be the biggest event of Weir’s career, having only made her international debut in November.

This weekend will be the University of Birmingham student’s fourth international event, but her first global competition.

Weir, who has just turned 19, and her Great Britain colleagues Anna MacFadyen, Gillian Black, Amelia Quirk, Phoebe Barker and Cari Hughes will be up against Africa’s best and strong teams from the likes of America, Canada, Japan and Australia.

Kenya and Ethiopia have dominated the under-20 women’s race at the World Championships since it was added to the programme in 1989. Between them those two countries have won the event 25 times.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey will be defending her title, but Kenya’s team includes world under-18 and under-20 steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol.

Great Britain have found the junior women’s competition tough in recent years. When the event was last held two years ago, GB’s highest finisher came 45th, while their highest place since 2010 has been 15th.

Weir’s race starts at 11.30am (BST), but that is 2.30pm in Uganda when it is forecast to reach 27 degrees Celsius.

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