Meli grabs a bronze as she returns to the world stage

Meli Chacon
Meli Chacon

High jumper Meli Chacon added a World bronze medal to her Scottish and British titles representing her home country of Spain at the World Masters Championships.

Chacon, who works at Lanarkshire Orthodontics in Motherwell, jumped 1.49m in Budapest as she finished behind Audrey Hustache of France who jumped 1.61m and Rachel Guest of the USA who jumped 1.55m.

Having given up the sport as an 18-year-old to concentrate on dentistry, Chacon returned to it 18 months ago after joining Shettleston Harriers and was delighted, if not rather shocked, to grab a medal in the W35 category.

She said: “It was very hard to pick it up again, I never stopped doing sport, I ran and did aerobics, so even though I remained fit it was very difficult to get back into.

“In high jump you take off on one foot and I started getting injuries in my ankle, but eventually it all clicked.

“I didn’t expect a medal at all, there were girls there who have been jumping for years, so my aim was just to avoid being last, the fact I might end up medalling hadn’t even entered my head.

“It was a World Championships so I was just trying to do my best and to end up with bronze was something of a surprise, but one I am delighted with.”

Despite living in Glasgow for seven years Chacon said she had no thoughts about representing her adopted nation in Hungary.

She said: “I am Spanish so I wanted to represent Spain, especially as my father Juan is also a high jumper and he was competing too, so we got to represent Spain together.”

Juan (70) finished eighth in his category.