The 2015 World Youth Championships in Colombia began in the early hours of the morning, with captain and Victorian athlete, Ned Weatherly being the first Australian to compete. With a solid first throw of 17.62m on the board, Ned stepped into the ring for his second attempt with the aim of throwing a distance closer to his 19.47m personal best. However, fouled in the attempt. With one throw to go and knowing that his current 13th position meant that he wouldn’t qualify for the final, he had to leave nothing in the ring. His final throw of 18.31m wasn’t enough to make it into the final, finishing 26th overall. Ned will now turn his attention to the Hammer Throw, which takes place tomorrow.
Danielle Shaw has automatically secured her spot in the semi final of the 100m Hurdles, after an impressive run in the heat. With a great start out of the blocks, Danielle was able to hold onto her position with the first few athletes, eventually crossing the line third.
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Amelia Mazza-Downie was our first athlete to take to the track in the distance category. After a strong domestic season she was looking to have a strong performance at these championships. Amelia was unable to hold onto the pack and was forced to run a large portion of the race on her own. She ended up finishing in 14th place with a time of 10:00.05, and although she didn’t run a personal best, the experience she gained from the race will be invaluable, with a bright future ahead for her in athletics.
That concludes our athletes performances for day one of competition in Colombia. Tomorrow three of our athletes will be competing. Both Ned and Danielle will be back in the Hammer and 100m Hurdles respectively, whilst Philipa Hajadasz will be heading down the run way in the Pole Vault.
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