07-Aug-09 by Tino Dummett
The Telford track star began his cascade of medal-winning runs with a bronze
medal in the 400m. Rubenis was previously a 100m sprinter but has moved up to
400m this year. In July he broke the British Masters Championship record for
400m with 49.87 seconds, coming away with the gold.
Representing Great Britain at the World Championships, he won his quarter- and semi-final rounds comfortably in 50.99 and 50.07.
“I was so tired as I had given everything but I was over the moon as I knew I had became World bronze medallist. I was so happy to stand on the podium with a world medal around my neck.”
Unlike in the 4x100m, in the 4x400m Great Britain was favourite for gold. It was a close race between the British and the Italian teams, but the Great Britain squad kept its composure and in the end just pulled ahead of Italy for the second gold relay medal. Their winning time, 3 minutes 22.71 seconds, broke the British Record by a massive 8 seconds.Victorious
Leaving the World Championships a triple-medallist, Rubenis’s only race left this season will be the Telford Games on 12 September, where he enters the 100m and 200m in a showdown against fellow World gold-medallist Jim Tipper, who will also be in the same events at the Games. The seasoned sprinter can enter the offseason training with new vigour ahead of next year’s European Masters Championships in Hungary. “I was so happy- in one week I had become a World Bronze medallist and Double World Gold medallist plus a British record holder. Hearing your national anthem while standing on top of the podium is a feeling I’ll never forget.”