Day two of competition in Colombia for the 2015 World Youth Championships saw three Victorian athletes compete in their respective events. Phillipa Hajdasz in the pole vault and Ned Weatherly in the hammer throw both progressed to the next round, whereas Danielle Shaw was knocked out after her fourth place finish in the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles.
Frankston athlete Ned Weatherly’s second round throw of 77.49m meant that he automatically qualified for the final of the event.
“It definitely feels good as it didn’t feel like a good throw and I know I’ve got a lot more in me and I’m really excited for the final”, Weatherly said.
Phillipa Hajdasz also made it through to the final after a highest clearance of 3.90 metres. She had a near perfect competition, with first round clearances on heights 3.70m, 3.80m and 3.90m.
“I was really nerves, the crowd was going crazy, it’s good and I’m so happy,”
“The other girls are really good, but, it gives me a little bit of confidence (going into the final).” Phillipa said.
Hurdler Danielle Shaw stepped up to the blocks for the second time these championships, this time for the semi-final of the 100m hurdles. She finished fourth in her semi-final with a time of 13.59 (w: +0.7), finishing 11th overall for the championships.
“That felt really good, I hit like the second last hurdle, but, came off it all right, it just wasn’t there at the end,” Shaw said.
Shaw will be better for the experience and post a break will turn her attention to qualifying for next year’s world junior championships.
“My heat was crazy when I was out there, it’s a massive stadium and I loved the atmosphere, it’s all I want, a good atmosphere and I’ll run good,” Shaw said.
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