SAMOA 2015 – Four medals for Big V youth athletes

Australia’s athletics team at the Commonwealth Youth Games has won an impressive eight medals on the first two days of competition in Apia, Samoa.

Led by Amy Harding-Delooze (NSW) and Kristina Moore (NSW), who both won gold with personal best performance, the 26-strong squad has also won three silver and three bronze medals with competition to continue tomorrow.

Harding-Delooze was the first Australian to win a gold medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games when she sensationally chewed up a 30 metre deficit to pip Peruth Chemutai (UGA) on the line to take the girl’s 1500m title.

“I have to be honest coming into this race I didn’t think I’d get a medal. My aim was more going better than my PB but I felt really strong down the straight,” Harding Delooze, who was cheered on by her parents, said.

“It’s so good to have all the support from my fellow athletes – everyone was cheering me on and I think it made a difference.”

Moore threw 46.95m to win her Commonwealth Youth Games gold medal, sharing the dais with her fellow green and gold charge Bianca Hansen (Vic, silver, 46.20m).

Hansen was joined on the list of silver medal winners by long jumpers Billie Arch (Vic) and Thomas Wilson(Vic). Arch soared to 6.04m (w: +4.4) to place second after six rounds in the girl’s event, while Wilson jumped 7.48m (w: +3.5) in the boy’s competition.

Competing in the boy’s 1500m, Brodie Modini (Qld) won bronze in a time of 3:55.38 on track, while Paige Wilson(NSW) cleared 1.74m in the girl’s high jump and Luke Giacca (Qld) threw 67.91m in the boy’s javelin to round out the top-three in field events.

Athletics competition at the Commonwealth Youth Games continues tomorrow, with Kirra Womersley (Qld) andRachel Pace (NSW) to headline action in the final of the women’s 100m hurdles.

To view and download full results from the Commonwealth Youth Games athletics program, please click here.

For more information on the Australian team at the Commonwealth Youth Games, please click here.