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Commonwealth Games & World Junior Championships Round-up

Thursday, 7 August 2014 | Queensland Athletics

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Commonwealth Games - Glasgow, United Kingdom

  This year's Commonwealth Games saw three Queensland Athletics Medalist's - all receiving the accolade of a Gold Medal. On the road, Michael Shelley improved on his 2010 Delhi Games Silver with a Gold in the Marathon. Shelley clocked in a personal best time of 2:11.15 in the 42.2km race. Meanwhile in the stadium, Olympic Gold medalist - Sally Pearson - gained her second Commonwealth Gold in the 100m Hurdles, running an impressive 12.67 in the final. Achieving the third Queensland Gold was Alana Boyd in the pole vault - managing to vault 4.50m in tough conditions. Boyd had already secured Gold before vaulting her ultimate height.  

  Other standout performances include 18 year old Hannah Joye - finishing 6th in the High Jump, after a personal best jump of 1.89m in her first international competition. Another personal best performance came from our female marathon runner, Melanie Panayiotou. Melanie finished 8th in a time of 2:35.01. Genevieve LaCaze also performed well over the 3000m Steeplechase, finishing fifth in a personal best of 9:37.04.

  High jumper Nik Bojic, and long jumpers Robbie Crowther and Henry Frayne, each made it to their respective finals. Bojic managed a jump of 2.21m to finish 12th, while Crowther (7.96m) finished 6th. Frayne unfortunately failed to deliver a legal jump, leaving him 12th. Female triple jumper, Linda Leverton, finished 5th with a distance of 13.69m, an improvement on her qualifying performance of 13.48m. 

  Male Discus throwers Benn Harradine and Julian Wruck may have felt they didn't perform to their maximum potential, but both finished in strong positions of 4th (61.91m) and 9th (58.37m) respectively. Competing in the women's discus event, Taryn Gollshewsky threw a personal best 58.24m in her qualifying round, and placing 9th in her final. Lara Neilson finished 9th in the women's Hammer, throwing a distance of 60.18m. Josh Robinson had a strong field to compete with, but finished 4th with a furthest throw of 79.95m in the men's javelin.

  Brittany McGowan was very pleased with her first Australian Team competition, reaching the semi-finals of the 800m race with a time of 2:03.08. Unfortunately, pole vaulter Matthew Boyd failed to clear a height in tough vaulting conditions. 

  Finally, in the relay events, Alex Beck and Craig Burns raced to 6th in the 4x400m. Alex Hartmann competed in the 4x100m; however, the team was unfortunately disqualified due to an illegal change of the baton. Caitlin Sargent ran a strong leg in the women's 4x400m team, who placed 5th. 


World Junior Championships - Oregon, USA

  The highlight of the World Junior Championships came in the form of decathlete Cedric Dubler. Cedric was one of only 2 medalists in the team, winning silver in a personal best and Australian Junior Record of 8094points, just 41 points shy of the gold medal position. Meanwhile his compatriot, Casidhe Simmons, in the heptathlon, also recorded a personal best performance of 5459points, finishing 14th. 

  Three female jumpers also performed well, Naa Anang (Long Jump), Aliyah Johnson (Triple Jump) and Cassie Purdon (High Jump). Anang leaped 5.97m to finish 17th, while Johnson triple jumped her way to 12th with 12.96m. Purdon put in an equal personal best performance to jump a height of 1.85m, leaving the 17 year old in 5th position.

  There were also 4 discus participants; Matthew Denny and Mitchell Cooper in the male competition, and Filoi Aokuso and Kirsty-Leigh Williams in the female. Denny finished 4th with a best throw of 62.73m, while Cooper finished 2 places back with a personal best distance of 61.77m. Aokuso also threw a personal best distance of 53.92m on the way to finishing 7th, whilst Williams threw 46.79m, placing 19th. Denny also competed in the hammer throw, unfortunately not making the final with a throw of 69.16m. 

  In the track events, Larissa Chambers finished 41st in her 100m, clocking a time of 12.05. Joshua Robinson made it through his first heat in the 400m with a time of 47.72, finishing 18th. Ryan Bedford also faced strong opposition, placing 38th in the 200m with a time of 21.55. The final events were the relays, where Larissa Chambers' 4x100m team finished 10th. James Kaluschke then helped guide the 4x400m team into the final, before Dan Forsyth joined Joshua Robinson in the final, the boys ultimately placed 5th. 

 

  A huge congratulations is in order to all athletes across both competitions, they should all be proud to have made the team, as well as their performances in their respective events. 

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