Eric powers to sprint title

British veteran sprint champion Eric Smart receives the Silver Trophy and gold medal at Musselburgh racecourse near Edinburgh.

British veteran sprint champion Eric Smart receives the Silver Trophy and gold medal at Musselburgh racecourse near Edinburgh.

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A SPRINTER from Whitley Bay gave a master class performance by winning the Veteran 90m Sprint title at the annual New Year event held at Musselburgh racecourse near Edinburgh.

British veteran sprint champion Eric Smart won his heat of four despite being the backmarker in the handicap.

He then went on to lift the title and pick up the Silver Trophy, gold medal and a prize of £175.

The 55-year-old now has his sights on April’s World Master Athletic Indoor Championships at Jyvaskyla, Finland, in the M55 age group – 200m sprint