Day 1 of the World U20 Championships finished up early this morning, with mixed results for both Victorian and Australian athletes in a rainy first day of competition.
Preparation wasn’t ideal for Kathryn Brooks (Box Hill Athletics) leading up to Bydgoszcz 2016, but the javelin thrower was positive after today’s effort of 50.54m. The mark didn’t allow her to progress to the final.
“It was really good, the second furthest I’ve ever thrown and tough conditions, it was pouring for half the competition, but that’s like Melbourne.”
In the second 1500m heat, Isaac Hockey (Melbourne University Athletics Club) inherited plenty of experience for the future after his time of 3:48.63 wasn’t enough to get him through to the final.
“I got myself up to the front, my coach said to race like I’ve been racing this season, which I basically put myself up there and unfortunately it was slow which isn’t what I wanted.”
“I felt really good and I thought I was going to progress but on the back straight I got caught on the inside and then was three wide and I couldn’t get around them, by the time I hit the final straight I was 10 metres off and to slow, but it was such an experience.”
There was plenty of quality in Sarah Billings (Box Hill Athletics) opening run in Bydgoszcz. The 800m star finished third in the fastest heat to process automatically to the semi-finals with a time of 2:06.13.
“I’m pretty happy, it was pretty rough, but it was alright,” Billings said.
“It’s rougher than Australia, there are a lot of bold quick moves. Everyone was being quiet ‘elbowy’ so I had to try and use that as a bit of anger to kick home.”
“I was happy when I saw it was just us three, not easy down, but I was happy.”
Georgia Hansen (Box Hill Athletics) failed to progress to the 800m semi-final rounds after finishing fifth with a time of 2:09.51 in heat four.
“So many mixed emotions,” Hansen said.
“There is no one that holds back, no one gives no prisoners, you have to be tough.”
“I felt good in the first lap and just as they came around me I didn’t want to lose my position and they came in and I was just chucked out the back.”
“It was such a great experience, definitely want to do this again. The atmosphere is so good. It just feels so good running for Australia.”
In the first final of the championships Tayla-Paige Billington (Athletics Nunawading) sustained an ankle injury mid-way through the race to finish in 18th with a time of 48:32.33.
It wasn’t to be for Bianca Hansen (Ringwood Athletics Club) who threw 47.06m and will not feature in the discus final.
That rounds out the first day of competition in Bydgoszcz for the World U20 Championships, stay tuned for daily results and news.
Full day one debrief can be found on Athletics Australia’s website here – http://athletics.com.au/News/bydgoszcz-2016-day-one