The IAAF World U20 Championships kicks off tomorrow in Bydgoszcz, Poland, with a hand-full of Victorians getting amongst it!
In the women’s division and competing at her second world under-20 championships after making the 200m semi-finals at Hayward Field (USA) two-years-ago, Maddison Coates is eyeing off another semi-final berth in Poland, with one lap specialist Lawson Power focused on producing a 400m personal best, and Danielle Shaw ready to shine in the 110m hurdles.There will also be three three (3) relay teams fielded, with Cameron Searle in the Men’s 4 x 100m, Nana-Aroma Owosu-Afriyie in the Women’s 4 x 100m, and Sarah Billings in the Women’s 4 x 400m.
Distance and Walks:
Issac Hockey from Melbourne University will be competing in the Men’s 1500m, while in the Women’s 10,000m walk, champion Tayla-Paige Billington will will be targeting a top five finish in Bydgoszcz and heads into the championships 8th on the IAAF 2016 Top List after finishing 18th at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon two years ago as a 17 year-old.
In the men’s section Australian under-20 10,000m walks champion Adam Garganis will headline Australia’s charge. While back in the Women’s Lauren Ryan is the only Victorian middle distance runner competing in two events, the 1500m and 3000m races.
Athletics Essendon runner Amelia Mazza-Downie will join Ryan in the 3000m final on Day Two of competition.
Lachlan Barber will enter the 800m as one of the favourites, having been crowned the Australian U20 Champion.
In the women’s 800m, Sarah Billings and Georgia Hansen will be battling with a wall of talented Ethiopian’s including Habitam Alemu who has a 2016 best of 1:59.14.
In the Men’s, Ned Weatherly will head to his third international aged championships in as many years, looking to replicate his efforts at last year’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali (COL) where he found his way on the winners podium.
The big-time championship thrower showed his ready to go in Bydgoszcz with a lead-up throw of 73.61m at the Mannheim (GER) under-20 meet last month.
In the Women’s, leading Australian under-20 Javelin Thrower Kathryn Brooks is heading into Bydgoszcz with limited competition under her belt, but a solid block of training post injury in Australia and Europe has helped her confidence.
Brooks will be the first of the throwers to compete at Bydgoszcz 2016, with Group A qualifying starting at 10:05am on Day One of competition.
Bianca Hansen will also be looking for a solid result, after receiving a silver medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.
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