Australian Athletics Championships – Day 4

It was a a big program today with competition running from 9am until 9pm without any breaks! But when the action is that exciting, who really minds…

The first medal of the day was handed to U14 triple jumper Amber Kamua who managed to narrowly edge out Nakeisha Brimble (NSW) by a millimeter, finishing in first place with a distance of 10.74m!

Still in the field, and it was Roman Anastasios who grabbed a silver medal in the Men’s U16 high jump, clearing a height of 1.94m, which was just shy of his personal best of 1.97m achieved in Melbourne during the 2017 Victorian Track & Field Championships.

The Men’s U14 pole vault was a Victorian 1st and 3rd bonanza, with Andre Di Medio jumping his way to a gold medal with a height of 2.85m, and Kai Sapolu clinching the bronze with a height of 2.00m!

Out on the warm-up track was the Men’s U16 hammer throw, with Benjamin Voogd absolutely smashing it with a distance of 63.18m, to claim the gold medal medal and more importantly the National Champion title!

Back in the main stadium and it wasn’t just the weather that was heating up (we’re talking a good 33 degrees) but also the action! The heats were all out of the way and it was time for the finals!

Keely Boyne was amazing in her Women’s U16 200m hurdles, pushing herself all the way to the end and crossing the line in second place with a time of 29.06s!

Next was the lads in the Men’s U15 200m hurdles, and Aiden Hinson just clinched a victory against fellow Victorian and all-round legend of a kid Tayleb Willis. It went down to the wire with Hinson looking strong the whole way and managing to hold onto his second spot and claim silver with a time of 28.09s. Willis wasn’t far off with a bronze medal and time of 28.13s!

Still with the Men’s, but this time in the U16 division for the 200m hurdles, it was Oscar Hunter who battled hard the whole way round and managed to pip Jakeb Pearson for third place. Hunter finished with a time of 27.22s.

A special must go to Nelson Gray who threw an awesome PB in the Men’s U20 para shot-put, with a distance of 7.79m! His reaction after learning about his achievement was definitely one of the great moments from Day 4!

Jack Mogensen was all power in the Men’s U14 javelin throw, blitzing the field by 2 meters, to grab the gold with a distance of 36.05m.

The medals kept coming in the mid-afternoon, with Isobel Long claiming the title of National Champion in the Women’s U17 400m hurdles, with a cracking first place time of 1:03.32s!

Baye Agostino smashed out a great PB in the Men’s U15 long jump to ensure himself the bronze medal with a distance of 6.05m!

Dili De Silva braved out an epic Men’s U14 400m hurdles, just missing out on a silver medal, but holding firmly onto a bronze with a huge PB of 54.87s!

On a day where personal bests seemed to be broken, Conor Fry certainly didn’t want to miss out on the action! As Athletics Australia got their live streaming going, Fry got his rhythm working around the track in the Men’s U20 400m hurdles. The slick hair and cool shades played second fiddle to his time of 52.91s! An unbelievable effort, and one that Fry is no doubt proud of!

The Women’s U14 pole vault was a Parnov feature with sisters Natasha & Alla grabbing the top two positions. However, Georgia Tayler wanted a piece of the action, and was successful in grabbing the third spot that was up for grabs, clearing a height of 2.85m!

Sophie O’Sullivan continued on from her 1500m victory, with a textbook win the Women’s U17 800m final, beating her heat PB in the process, with a time of 2:10.00s! Fellow Victorian Lucy Zotti flew down the home straight to ensure her spot on the podium with a third placed (huge PB) of 2:10.70s!

Still with the unbelievable 800m victories and PB’s, it was Adam Spencer did exactly that with an awesome victory in the Men’s U17 division and a solid PB with a time of 1:53.98s!

In the Men’s U20 800m semi-final, Archie Wallis and Christian Davis both successfully qualified for the final tomorrow night. Both ran well, with Davis admitting to feeling the pinch from his 400m victory yesterday, albeit happy to have made it to through…

Kang Nyoak narrowly missed out on a top two placing in his Men’s U18 800m final, falling short to Jackson Sharp (NSW) and Jordan Doris (NSW) by barely anything at all! Finished in third with a time of 1:52.97s!

The Women’s U18 800m final saw Heidi Demeo clutch third place with a PB of 2:08.06s!

Victorian Champion in the 800m, Sarah Billings, was far too strong in her U20 final. Running graciously from the beginning, Billings was confident the whole way through, and never really looked in doubt to take out the 2017 National title with a time of 2:05.54s!

Aaron Leferink took out the U17 200m final in fine form, with a PB of 22.03s, whilst (pretty much) fresh to the sport, Christian McFarland-Ravanell came in second with a cracking PB of 22.11s!

Back in the field and it was Olivia Gross who took out the Women’s U16 pole vault with a height 3.40m! Mia’s (100m, 200m & 400m superstar) little sister waited patiently for the 3m mark to kick in, before getting down to business. However, at the 3.40m mark Olivia couldn’t get a longer pole out of her bag, so asked if her coach could come over and help!? Time was ticking away and it was evident that pole wasn’t going to come out of the bag, so Olivia grabbed her nearest pole, went to her mark, and BOOM cleared it! Quoting that she ‘should perform under pressure more often!’

Jessica Payne was solid in the Women’s 200m final, crossing the line in third position with a PB time of 24.06s! However Payne was crowned National title due to two New Zealander’s placing first and second.

The ever enthusiastic Jara Konteh was all smiles, and deservedly so as he somehow missed the jump, but clawed his way back into contention to finish off the Men’s U20 200m strongly and claim a bronze medal with a time of 21.76s!

As the sun started to set over Olympic Park, it was time for the long distance runners to hit the track! And in the Women’s U17 3000m, it was Abbey Caldwell and Olivia Hobbs who ran beautifully the whole way to finish second and third respectively with times of 9:52.50s (PB for Caldwell) and 10:02.43s.

In the Men’s U16 shot put, Oliver Courtnay was valiant in his effort, throwing a second placed PB of 16.49m!

Matthew Hussey and Tristan Day grabbed first and third position in the Men’s U17 3000m. For Hussey it was a huge PB cutting off 6 seconds to post a time of 8:50.57s!

To finish the night (curtain raise for the 5000m final) it was the U18 and U20 4x400m! The Women’s U18 featuring Sophia Davis, Grace Goldsworthy, Sienna Fighera and Jessie Andrew were heroic in their effort but just missed out on a spot on the podium, finishing fourth with a time of 3:48.83! The Men’s U18 featuring Phil Borg, Kaine Foster, Benjamin Powell and Dili De Silva turned it on in their race, narrowly missing out on first place, with De Silva flying down the home straight and settling for a very hard fought silver medal for the team. Their time was 3:22.15s! The Women’s U20 team featuring Lucy Zotti, Caroline Higham, Zoe Brito-Babapulle and Lily Hayes were unbelievable, holding onto their leading position with one lap to go, and Queensland creeping up on them! They managed to hold off and ensure themselves of a National title with a time of 3:49.09s. The final relay of the night was the Men’s U20 featuring Joshua Perdrisat, Jara Konteh, Harvey Murray and Christian Davis as anchor. The boys got off to a good start, with Konteh ensuring Murrant would receive the baton in second place. Murrant held his spot and gave Davis the baton again in second spot. From there Davis worked his magic and sped home to claim victory with a combined time of 3:13.00s!

The (second) final event of the night was the Men’s U20 5,000m with a stacked field of 26 competitors! Haftu Strintzos was able to hold his never throughout the hot and humid evening, to claim a silver medal with a time of 14:45.67s…

For a full list of Day 4 results click here.