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Juniors shine in Sydney

Photos courtesy of Fred Etter and Michael Thomas.

The next generation of Australian athletics looks bright if results from Junior events at the Australian Championships is anything to go by.

Despite often wet conditions, sensational performances were recorded by athletes in the Under 20 age group in Sydney. For many the World Junior Championships in Santiago de Cali, Columbia beckons as the next step in their career.

Here’s a look at the Top 10 performances recorded across the meet, as assessed against the IAAF Scoring Tables.*

#1 – Calab Law – 200m

The Queenslander sped to a meet record 20.64 seconds with the aid of a 0.7 m/s tailwind. He’s one of the favourites for the open event later in the program and at 18, would be the youngest ever national champion over the distance.

#2 – Jai Gordon – 100m

Photo by Fred Etter.

A fast 10.28 seconds (+0.7) personal best to claim the blue ribband event ahead of Law.

#3 – Claudia Hollingsworth – 1500m

Photo by Fred Etter.

The Victorian controlled a fast 1500m final where the top eight all ran world junior qualifiers. Hollingsworth’s 4:13.41 was the second fastest time of her burgeoning career.

#4 – Torrie Lewis – 200m

Photo by Fred Etter.

The Queensland speedster focused on the junior events ahead of the possibility of open success, taking out the sprint double. Her 23.46 second win in the 200m came in wet conditions, into a slight 0.2 m/s headwind.

#5 – Nicola Hogg – 1500m

Runner-up in the 1500m behind Hollingsworth, the Stanford bound NSW athlete ran a new personal best of 4:15.13.

#6 – Calab Law – 100m

Photo by Michael Thomas

Runner-up behind Gordon in the 100m, in a new personal best of 10.36 seconds (-0.7).

#7 – Amy Bunnage – 3000m

Photo by Fred Etter.

The Victorian bounced back from a fourth place finish in the 1500m to front run a 9:06.93 3000m, just two-hundredths of a second outside the meet record held by Suzy Walsham.

#8 – Torrie Lewis – 100m

Torrie Lewis in action in the 100m heats. Photo by Michael Thomas.

A close race with West Australia’s Taylah Cruttenden, taking victory in 11.59 seconds (-0.9).

#9 – Hayley Kitching – 800m

Photo by Fred Etter.

A new personal best of 2:04.80 for a convincing victory over two laps, following a third place finish over 1500m.

#10 – Taylah Cruttenden – 100m

Just three-hundredths of a second shy of victory behind Torrie Lewis over the short sprint.

*Notable – 110m hurdles (0.99m) – Mitchell Lightfoot and Tayleb Willis

There’s no direct comparison that can be made for the junior men’s sprint hurdles, which are run at 99.1cm rather than the 106.7cm open height, but Mitchell Lightfoot’s 13.59 and Tayleb Willis’ 13.61 were classy performances.

Congratulations to all National Junior Champions!

EventAthletePerformance
100mTorrie Lewis11.59 (-0.9)
200mTorrie Lewis23.46 (-0.2)
400mJasmin Guthrie53.73
800mHayley Kitching2:04.80
1500mClaudia Hollingsworth4:13.41
3000mAmy Bunnage9:06.93
5000mLaura Roderick16:50.62
100m HDelta Amidzovski13.78 (-0.6)
400m HIsabella Guthrie58.78
3000m StLaura McKillop10:18.64
High JumpErin Shaw1.78m
Pole VaultCassidy Bradshaw4.00m
Long JumpKatie Gunn6.09m (-0.3)
Triple JumpTiana Boras12.94m (0.0)
Shot PutNatalia Rankin-Chitar (NZL)14.07m
Shot PutKaitlyn Coulter13.57m
DiscusNatalia Rankin-Chitar (NZL)49.15m
DiscusMarley Raikiwasa47.59m
HammerRenee Hardy50.38m
JavelinMackenzie Mielczarek51.68m
10000m WalkOlivia Sandery45:28.96
EventAthletePerformance
100mJai Gordon10.28 (0.7)
200mCalab Law20.64 (0.7)
400mThomas Reynolds47.83
800mCharlie Jefferson1:50.04
1500mPeyton Craig3:49.53
3000mPeyton Craig8:12.60
5000mArchie Noakes14:15.73
110m H (0.99m)Mitchell Lightfoot13.59 (1.0)
400m HHugo Hanak52.81
3000m StArchie Noakes8:59.98
High JumpEthan Petcos2.10m
Pole VaultJames Woods4.85m
Long JumpBlake Shaw7.49m (1.1)
Triple JumpAiden Hinson15.76m (0.5)
Shot Put (6kg)Liam Ngchok-Wulf (NZL)17.58m
Shot Put (6kg)Alexander Shahla17.16m
Discus (1.75m)Darcy Miller58.12m
Hammer (6kg)Benjamin Roberts64.67m
JavelinHaddi El Shorbagy65.10m
10000m WalkFraser Saunder47:15.49

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