Australian Athletics Championships – Day 2 – Morning Session

Well, another glorious day down at Sydney’s Olympic Park! The sun was shining bright and early, and all athletes were eager to get stuck into a jam-packed day of competition!


Bianca Hansen got things rolling with a silver medal in her pet event – discus – throwing a seasons best of 49.65m! It’s the closest Bee has been to a 50m throw in a year, so when asked how she felt, she couldn’t have been happier!

Declan Carman continued his solid form from yesterday’s shot put, backing it up with a win in the Men’s U17 hammer throw with a distance of 58.09m! He’ll be back tomorrow to battle it out against good friend and shot put champion Jesse Iesi!

In the Women’s U18 100m heats, it was Lateisha Willis and Mia Gross who automatically qualified with times of 11.92s and 11.75s respectively. The final is set to be an epic battle with Queensland’s Riley Day in amazing form after bursting onto the scene during Melbourne’s Nitro series!

In the Men’s U17 100m heats, it was Christian McFarland-Ravanello who qualified fastest with a time of 10.90s! And in the Men’s U20 100m heats, Jacob Sesar had a huge PB qualifying with a time of 10.79s!

The Women’s U20 100m heats saw a contrast of tail winds in +3.2 and +1.1, which may have hindered Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie middle-lane chances, but didn’t stop her qualifying for the final with a time of 12.01s!

In the Women’s U16 Heptathlon, Gemma Fenn is looking good after two events, sitting on 1851 points in second place after a tie of 13.70s in the 90m hurdles and a height of 1.68m in the high jump!

The Women’s U16 para-100m saw Emily Burgoine (T40/F40) finish first overall with a time of 19.54s and a percentage of 108.34! Caytlyn Sharp (T20/F20) was ecstatic when she crossed the line in first position, and understandably so, with a time 13.96s, to finish fourth overall with a percentage of 97.47!

Bec Henderson was awesome in the Women’s U17 5,000m walk, crossing over the line first in extremely hot conditions, with fellow Victorian Jemma Peart snatching the bronze medal. The win to Henderson ensured a 5th National medal dating back to 2014 where she took out the 3,000m walk!

A great result for Dili De Silva finishing fourth in the U17 400m with a 3-second improvement to his personal best, crossing the line with a time of 50.01s! A great 2017 for the Old Xaverian who’s managed to grab 5 PB’s from 5 races this season!

Christopher Browne was very solid in the Men’s U20 discus throw, finishing off with a bronze medal!

For a full list of Day 2 morning results click here.