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John Shapland takes bronze at World Masters athletics in Brazil

By NDJMark  |  Posted: October 17, 2013

John Shapland

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John Shapland has made an outstanding start to the World Masters Athletics Championships in Brazil.

Representing Great Britain, he claimed bronze in the M60 cross country race in Porto Alegre. 

Shapland, from Barnstaple, provided the highlight for Great Britain on the opening day, leading them to silver in the team prize.  

The Bideford AAC and North Devon Road Runners athlete ran a fine tactical race to come through for third place ahead of GB team-mate David Oxland.

Oxland stayed with Alexey Krivonosov, the race leader, for 3km but was unable to maintain the pace as Shapland finished strongly to catch his compatriot on the fourth lap.

The pair were joined by Dave Proffitt as Great Britain claimed second behind Russia and ahead of Germany.

Shapland, who prefers track to cross country, will be optimistic of enjoying further success when he races at 5,000m and 1,500m later in the Championships.

Ian Snow, the Torrington AAC and North Devon AC member, is flying to Brazil on Saturday to compete in the M60  steeplechase.

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