World Champion!!

26 August 2015, 22:15

It’s been a surreal few days down here in Argentina, but now that I’ve had a few days’ rest after my first event – the 5km road race – I can finally take a second to catch you up on my triumphant World Transplant Games debut!!

I was the first lady of any age category across the line in a new PB of 19:04, earning myself a gold medal, and to my surprise, helping the Team GB women to earn a team gold, too! So I won two gold medals for one race before 10am on the first day of competition!!

WTG 2015 5k photos

Team GB did amazingly well out of the road race – we earned 7 golds and 3 silvers across the various age categories, plus both the men’s and women’s team golds! The course itself was great – a simple out & back along the Mar del Plata seafront and the sun came out just before the turnaround point so I took the time in amoungst the speed effort to appreciate the sun on my back, waves crashing to my left, and the city in the distance. Epic stuff.

And then the podium experience was some next-level Olympic fantasy wish filfulment – big hefty medals, a kiss on the cheek from an Argentinian official, bouquet of flowers, and people wanting their photograph taken with me (the drone flying overhead getting race footage was an interesting first, too!). And making friends with athletes from all over the world – that was just a bonus.

I recorded the reaction of several of the Team GB runners directly after the race, which you can listen to below:

You can read a bit more about my story in my interview with Runner’s World, which came out two days later!

Or there are loads more personal stories to listen to going up on the Team GB channel throughout the week.

I’ve got another day of rest before the track events start on Friday with the 1500m and 400m, then on Saturday I have the 800m and 4×400m relay. So lots more to play for!!

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  1. Wow!!! Amazing! You area gold medallist!! How fantastic well done Melissa!!!!!!!!!!!!! All that hard work and to get a pb too, I’m so proud to know you!! Good luck for the next one.. Rest well xxx

    Scruffy badger    27 August 2015, 09:53    #
  2. All the best for today’s races Anita from Basel

    — Anita Steiner    28 August 2015, 13:10    #
  3. Huge congratulations – love the close up of you kissing your medal with your eyes sparkling!

    Joanne    29 August 2015, 13:52    #
  4. My pleasure, Sweetheart! I’m already planning on a trip to Malaga, Spain in June, 2017 — and building interest for others to attend and cheer you on!

    — Mom    8 September 2015, 15:10    #

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