DARREN Scott, a double world champion at 38 years old, has warned rivals he is not finished yet.
The Frodsham-based sprinter has just won individual and relay titles for Great Britain at the World Veterans Championships.
Now after his flag-flying exploits in Italy, Scott is chasing the world 200m indoor title in France this winter plus British and world records.
Already European 200m title holder indoors, he made up for disappointments on his outdoor world veterans’ debut two years ago by powering to 200m and 4x100m glory in Riccione.
Fifth and fourth places over 100m and 200m at San Sebastian, Spain, in 2005 had spurred on Scott in the belief only niggling injury had denied him.
This time, the athlete was in peak condition thanks to the preparation of his long-time coach Morris Condon.
Condon is the father of former Olympic sprinter Allyn, now an international bobsleigh competitor.
Scott said: ‘It has not sunk in yet – I have only just come home. But it’s nice to be classed as a world champion and I have trained hard all season.
‘Credit goes to Morris, who has been with me since 1994.’
A great 10 days for Scott had begun with a bronze medal over 100m in a season’s best 10.81 seconds which saw a photo finish for the top-three places.
Then it was victory over 200m, the runner’s preferred event, in 21.90.
‘It was a dead wind of zero-zero so that probably equates to my quickest of the season, too,’ said Scott. ‘As I came off the bend after the first turn, I was already up and I knew nobody was going to catch me.
‘The next runner finished a couple of metres back and it was a one-two-three for Great Britain which was a great performance.’
Scott then successfully anchored the 4x100m team, overcoming a two-metre deficit on the Italian hosts at the last changeover in front of a disbelieving crowd.
‘It was another photo finish, but I knew I had him,’ admitted Scott.
Running in the 35-39 age category, he is now looking for a new British best time over 400m indoors – the current record being 49.99.
Then, on stepping up to the 40-45 age group, he wants to break the world indoor mark which currently stands at 21.94.
Scott is no stranger to world records – being involved in one at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, running as a guide for Nigeria’s Adekunle Adesoji in the 100m for blind competitors.
Scott added: ‘That was a great experience. But on a personal level, this is just a little bit more special. It is mine.’