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
A fast 10.28 seconds (+0.7) personal best to claim the blue ribband event ahead of Law.
#3 – Claudia Hollingsworth – 1500m
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
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
Runner-up behind Gordon in the 100m, in a new personal best of 10.36 seconds (-0.7).
#7 – Amy Bunnage – 3000m
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
A close race with West Australia’s Taylah Cruttenden, taking victory in 11.59 seconds (-0.9).
#9 – Hayley Kitching – 800m
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!
|100m||Torrie Lewis||11.59 (-0.9)|
|200m||Torrie Lewis||23.46 (-0.2)|
|100m H||Delta Amidzovski||13.78 (-0.6)|
|400m H||Isabella Guthrie||58.78|
|3000m St||Laura McKillop||10:18.64|
|High Jump||Erin Shaw||1.78m|
|Pole Vault||Cassidy Bradshaw||4.00m|
|Long Jump||Katie Gunn||6.09m (-0.3)|
|Triple Jump||Tiana Boras||12.94m (0.0)|
|Shot Put||Natalia Rankin-Chitar (NZL)||14.07m|
|Shot Put||Kaitlyn Coulter||13.57m|
|Discus||Natalia Rankin-Chitar (NZL)||49.15m|
|10000m Walk||Olivia Sandery||45:28.96|
|100m||Jai Gordon||10.28 (0.7)|
|200m||Calab Law||20.64 (0.7)|
|110m H (0.99m)||Mitchell Lightfoot||13.59 (1.0)|
|400m H||Hugo Hanak||52.81|
|3000m St||Archie Noakes||8:59.98|
|High Jump||Ethan Petcos||2.10m|
|Pole Vault||James Woods||4.85m|
|Long Jump||Blake Shaw||7.49m (1.1)|
|Triple Jump||Aiden Hinson||15.76m (0.5)|
|Shot Put (6kg)||Liam Ngchok-Wulf (NZL)||17.58m|
|Shot Put (6kg)||Alexander Shahla||17.16m|
|Discus (1.75m)||Darcy Miller||58.12m|
|Hammer (6kg)||Benjamin Roberts||64.67m|
|Javelin||Haddi El Shorbagy||65.10m|
|10000m Walk||Fraser Saunder||47:15.49|
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