Phillipa Hajdasz can add World Youth medalist to her national under-18 pole vault champion accolade, after winning silver at this morning’s IAAF World Youth Championships.
“It’s all I wanted, I didn’t even think I’d get that,” Hajdasz said.
“I was so nervous, every jump I felt so sick, I looked at all the others and that calmed me down”, Hajdasz said.
Hajdasz had a clear slate in the final after clearing the first three heights of 3.70m, 3.85m and 3.95m on her first attempt. She then went on to clear her personal best height of 4.00m, finishing with a highest clearance of 4.05m.
“I didn’t expect that, I thought I might crack under pressure, obviously not.”
Walker Jemima Montag stepped up to the line in the 5000m walk this morning. After spending a large portion of the race at the top end, she eventually finished 11th with a time of 23:46.57.
“I tripped so many times, the experience was overwhelming, you know they start off slow and that’s different, we usually start off nice and just keep it, where this was like 4.40 and, as prepared as you are there is nothing you can do,” Montag said.
Fellow teammate and training partner Kyle Swan, didn’t have the race he was expecting after finishing 33rd in the 10,000m walk. He crossed the line with a time of 50:42.45.