There was State Championship action across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia over the weekend. Here’s how the performances stacked up against the World Athletics Scoring Tables.
Cover of Aidan Murphy in action at the Adelaide Invitational. Image by Jeff Wray for Inside Athletics.
#1 – Aidan Murphy
The 18-year-old South Australian continued his sensational season, claiming the Australian Under 20 record with a blistering 20.41 seconds into a 1.3 m/s headwind at the SA Championships in Adelaide.. The performance bettered Fred Martin’s 1985 mark and moved Murphy to seventh on the Australian all-time list.
18 years, 200m 20.41
▪️0.21 secs PB
▪️#7 🇦🇺 all-time
▪️#1 🇦🇺 U20 all-time & 🇦🇺 U20 record
▪️Fastest time by an 🇦🇺 for 16 yrs
▪️Fastest time by an 🇦🇺 in 🇦🇺 for 26 yrs
▪️3rd fastest time by an 🇦🇺 in 🇦🇺#TarbyStats
📷© Inside Athletics/Jeff Wray pic.twitter.com/xRH6uvaitb— David Tarbotton (@David_Tarbotton) February 20, 2022
#2 – Steve Solomon
45.28 seconds to open the season for Solomon at the NSW Championships. This was his heat run (!), followed by a 45.39 seconds to take gold in the final.
#3 – Joel Baden
Some great jumping from Joel Baden with a 2.27m clearance to produce the highlight performance of the first weekend of the Victorian Championships.
#4 – Celeste Mucci
Victoria’s Celeste Mucci gave up the chance to win her own state title in the 100m hurdles, instead taking on Abbie Taddeo at the NSW Championships. It paid dividends, with a 12.99 second season’s best.
#5 – Abbie Taddeo
Just behind Celeste Mucci, Taddeo clocked 13.02 seconds.
= #6 – Sarah Carli and Matthew Ramsden
Running in her pet event at the NSW Championships, Sarah Carli stopped the clock in the 400m hurdles at 56.27 seconds.
Ramsden was the best performer at the WA Championships in Perth, running a 3:38.01 1500m with some early pacemaking assistance.
#8 – Edward Nketia
New Zealand’s Edward Nketia claimed the NSW 100m title with a 10.28 second run.
#9 – Yual Reath
Ballarat’s Yual Reath was second in the Victoria high jump title behind Joel Baden, with a best leap of 2.21m
#10 – Kristie Edwards
21-year-old Kristie Edwards continued the form which saw her record a 23.17 200m performance into a headwind in November, taking out the NSW title in 23.36 seconds.
Solid performances were recorded in the next ten best performances:
|15||Rosie Donegan||3000m St||Vic||10:00.05||1095|
|17||Matthew Clarke||3000m St||SA||8:36.82||1092|
|18||Michelle Jenneke||100m H||NSW||13.44||1091|
|19||Samuel Taylor||Long Jump||NSW||7.77m||1088|
|20||Nick Hough||110m H||NSW||13.87 (+3.0)||1084|
Victorian Championships in photos
We captured some of the action on Saturday night of the Victorian Championships. Here’s some of our favourite photos, with the full gallery available here.
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