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Fallbrook senior Doug Tomlinson wins regional pentathlon


Last updated 10/11/2007 at Noon

Fallbrook’s Doug Tomlinson injured his hamstring during the Midwest Regional master’s track and field meet September 2 at Fort Collins, CO, but still finished first in his age group in the weight pentathlon event.

“I didn’t get the record I wanted to, but I was the highest score in the meet,” Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson finished first in the hammer, discus, shot put and weight throw events and second in the javelin throw. “I did pretty good, but I pulled a hamstring there so I didn’t do as well as I wanted,” he said.

His three javelin throw attempts took place after he injured his hamstring. “I couldn’t run. I just had to stand there and throw it the best I could,” he said.

Tomlinson, who turned 75 in January, competes in the 75-79 age group. At the Oregon Track Club meet June 16 in Salem, he set an American record in the weight pentathlon. He placed first in all five events to earn 4,674 points and erase the previous record of 3,528 points.

On July 21 Tomlinson competed in the Southwest Regional meet at Citrus College and took first in the hammer throw and weight throw and second in the javelin throw. The Southwest Regional did not include a shot put or discus competition for Tomlinson.

In early August Tomlinson competed in the nationals and finished first in his age group. He earned first place in the hammer, discus and weight throw, second in the shot put and third in the javelin.

In Tomlinson’s age group the shot put and hammer each weigh four kilograms, the discus weighs one kilogram, the javelin weighs 500 grams and the weight is 16 kilograms.

“I’ve been doing real good this year,” Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson entered the Midwest Regionals after a friend indicated a desire to go to Fort Collins for the competition. His next planned competition will be an ultraweight pentathlon October 6 in Seattle.


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