Australian Athletics Championships – Day 2 – Evening Session

With a nice break in the middle of the day so athletes and officials could recharge the their batteries, competition re-commenced at 4:45pm, and it was Gemma Fenn who got things underway in the 200m for the Women’s U16 Heptathlon, crossing the line in first place with a time of 26.92s!

Isis Holt looked to be back in form, posting her quickest time for the 200m since her Rio Paralympic campaign, taking out the gold with a time of 28.97s! Erin Garbler followed suit as well, with a cracking PB of 35.08s and another IPC qualifier, whilst also receiving the silver! It was much of the same for Liam Richardson, who crossed the line with a huge seasons best of 29.98s, albeit wind-assisted with a whopping +3.2…

In the Women’s U17 1500m final it was Sophie O’Sullivan flying home to take out the gold medal with a time of 4:29.17s, with fellow Victorian Abbey Caldwell not too far behind with a time of 4:30.23, ensuring the gold/silver combination!

The Men’s U17 100m final went down to the wire with Christian McFarland-Ravanello taking out the gold medal winning by one hundredth of a second posting a cracking time of 10.91s (10.908 alternate)!

Victorian All-Star Mia Gross, who’s had an amazing thus far, continued her medal count in the Women’s U18 100m final, crossing the line in second place with a time of 11.88s behind Queensland’s Riley Day, who was all class finishing with a time of 11.59s.

Down in pit it was Jotham Kuku who was too good claiming gold with a huge personal best of 14.27m!

If you ever wanted to see elegance on a track, look no further than Jemima Russell, who was all poise in the Women’s U20 400m final! Russell looked incredibly comfortable the whole race, and crossed the line with a cracking PB of 55.36s!

In the Men’s U20 400m semi final, it was Christian Davis who also displayed the grace of Russell on the track, making it to the final with absolute ease – even having time to check where his opposition was with 50m to go!

Christine Byrne smashed her Women’s U20 100m final with a time of 11.80s, with Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie slightly off the pace, but finishing a solid 5th place with a time of 12.04s – which in actual fact gave her the bronze medal as two New Zealanders finished in 3rd and 4th position…

It’s not all just fun and games on the track, with Dalton Di Medio showing how it’s done in the field and in particular the pole vault, clearing a winning height of 4.10 in the Men’s U18 Division.

Still in the field, it was Emma Berg who smashed a personal best in the Women’s U17 shot-put, clearing a distance of 14.66m! Whilst next door at the high-jump mat, it was Jonathan Lightfoot who cleared a height of 2.04m, securing second place in the final for the Men’s U18 Division.

Back on the track and Georgia Hansen put it a seriously gutsy performance in the Women’s U20 1500m final, only to be pipped on the home straight. Finished with a time of 4:40.17s…

Rio Paralympian Jaryd Clifford gave it his all in what was a tough race for the Men’s U20 1500m final. The pace was fast and with 200m to go, seemed to get away from Clifford, however he battled through all the way to the finish line with a time of 3:54.01s.

The Women’s U18 4x100m was always going to be a tough ask coming up against a quality Queensland outfit, but the girls managed to put in a solid effort, crossing the line in 3rd place with a time of 46.93s!

The Men’s U18 4x100m was a different story, with the lads putting on a clinic, finishing first with a ripping time of 41.72s ahead of Queensland and New South Wales!

The Women’s U20 4x100m joined the winning party with Christine Byrne adding to her individual 100m victory, crossing the line with a awesome team time of 46.43s!

The Men’s U20 4x100m were valiant in their effort finishing 3rd (technically 2nd) with New South Wales and New Zealand claiming the top two positions! The lads crossing the line at 41.90s!

In the Men’s U18 triple jump it was buddies Zach Nunis and Kyle Murphy who went jump for jump, with Murphy claiming bragging rights finishing 2nd with a PB of 15.07m, whilst Nunis finished 3rd with a distance of 14.75m!

For a list of full results click here.