Australian Athletics Championships – Night 1

So apparently it had been raining in Sydney for a month-straight leading into this year’s National Championships…

Well we must have brought some good luck from Victoria because the weather was exceptional. As well as a few results!

In the Men’s U20 Long Jump final half the field were Victorians! Michael Cann was the best out of the four, finishing in third place with a distance of 7.33m! Kyle Murphy had a great day out as he managed to jump a personal best by 3cm, with a total distance of 7.11m, which had him in seventh position. Zach Nunis just missed out on a podium finish, jumping a distance of 7.21m. And Harrison Williams was one place behind Zach with distance of 7.18m.

The Women’s U17 Hammer Throw saw Isabella Simonelli grab the gold medal with an awesome distance of 50.16m!

Rio Paralympian Jaryd Clifford was all class in his 1500m heat for the Men’s U20 Division finishing strongly to qualify for the final with a time of 4:00.68s.

Likewise in the Women’s U20 Division with Georgia Hansen charging home to secure her spot in the final with a time o-f 4:40.33s…

In the Women’s U20 Long Jump, it was Celeste Mucci who was the best Victorian, grabbing a silver medal with a distance of 6.03m. Annaliese Bush finished off in tenth position with a distance of 5.47m and Bianca Hansen (who is one of our feature athletes for the week) finished off in fourteenth place with a distance of 5.31m.

And in the Men’s U17 Shot Put, it was two young Victorians who stole the show, with Jessee Iese taking out the event with a huge distance and personal best of 18.35m, and Declan Carman finishing second with a solid throw of 17.97m!

Christian Davis cruised home with absolute ease in his Men’s U20 400m heat! Will be a serious contender to take out the top prize in the final (if all things go to plan in the semis)…

Much like Davis in the Men’s heat, Jemima Russell was all class in her Women’s U20 400m heat, finishing strongly and taking out first place!

The final event of the evening was the combined U20 10,000m Walk. Kyle Swan and Pip Huse both managed to grab silver in their respective divisions! In what was a humid night, both Swan and Huse showed a lot of courage and determination in the testing conditions!

For a full list of results click here.