Marli Wilkinson in the 200-metre heats. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY.

IN a city built on gold, Bendigo athletes Brett Gilligan, Geoff Shaw and Trudy Haines struck the precious medal at last weekend’s Athletics Victoria and Australian Masters multi-event championships.

The talented trio capped two great days of competition by winning gold at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill.

Victorious in the opening seven legs of the 40-44 years decathlon, Gilligan’s campaign was jolted when he tore his hamstring on his first attempt at pole vault.

No height meant no points for the Bendigo Harrier.

After being wheeled from the track, Gilligan struck back to achieve a mark of 33.03 metres from a standing start at javelin.

The injury meant he would not race the 1500m, but he had to start and did so.

Gilligan’s score of 5131 points was enough to claim the AV and Victoria Country titles, as well as the Australian Masters and Victorian Masters crowns.

Bendigo Harriers clubmate Geoff Shaw was in superb form as he broke his Australian Masters record score in the 70-74 years decathlon.

The reigning world masters champion in the 70-plus decathlon, Shaw racked up 7307 points and broke venue records for 70-plus long jump, 400m, 80m hurdles, 60 and 70-plus pole vault.

In the seven-event heptathlon, South Bendigo’s Trudy Haines scored 2591 points to be the 45-49 years champion for AV, Victoria Country, Australia and Victorian Masters.

South Bendigo clubmate Sebastyn Andrea won the Victoria Country under-16 heptathlon title and was fifth overall.

Andrea’s tally of 2936 points included personal best of 25.69 in the 200m, and 25.33m at javelin.

The 13-year-old contested the 4kg shot put for the first time and reached the 8.4m mark.

Harriet Gall from Bendigo Harriers showed her skills in the under-14 pentathlon, a five-discipline event, and was the silver medallist on 2342 points.

The open decathlon included fifth placing for Melbourne University’s Liam Schreck who previously competed with Bendigo Harriers.

The event drew athletes from Melbourne, Geelong and Wodonga as well as New South Wales, Queensland,  Tasmania and Western Australia.