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GPS: Nicholas Hough betters Lachie Turner twice in a week

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Monday, 20 September 2010/Categories: News

20 Sept 2010


GPS: Nicholas Hough betters Lachie Turner twice in a week


The 115th Great Public Schools athletics carnival was held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Saturday (18 September) with Nicholas Hough continuing his golden few months, claiming victory in the open 100m, 200m and 110m hurdles.


On Wednesday night at the Pirtek Athletic Allstars, minutes before Wallabies winger Lachie Turner won the Gatorade Bolt in 11.10 seconds, Hough, 16, clocked 10.62 to claim bragging rights. Back at Homebush on Saturday, Hough smashed the open 110m hurdles record clocking 13.75, well under the previous record of 14.15, set in 2005 by Newington’s Lachie Turner. It was the second time in four days that Hough had lowered Turner’s colours.

Hough won the open 100m in 11.03s and 200m in 21.87s and also helped his school to silver in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.


There were another three records broken on Saturday and none better than Lachlan Little’s effort to break a 57-year-old record in the U15 long jump, when he leapt 6.35m. It was the oldest record in the GPS book, set by Bob Perrett of Sydney Grammar in 1953 at the Sydney Cricket Ground when Perrett leapt 6.31m. See article below.


Little’s Newington team mate Tepai Moeroa smashed the U15 shot put record (previously 17.38m), winning the event by more than three metres with his put of 18.80m. The fourth record was in the U17 800m, when Andrew Selosse (Shore) was pushed all the way to the line by the King’s Joel Norton. Selosse clocked 1:55.23, to win by just one hundredth of a second. Both were under the previous record.  Selosse’s training partner Ruairidh MacDonald, also of Shore, convincingly won the 1500m, two hours after claiming the open 3000m in 8:47.15. MacDonald beat a strong field in the 3000m with Frank Torok second, Joshua Johnson third and Jack Stapleton fifth.


Hough lead his Kings School to their third consecutive senior title, while in the juniors King’s also defended their title.


SENIOR POINTS SCORE                 

The King's School      468

St. Ignatius' College  366

St. Joseph's College  316

Shore School           279

Sydney High School   266

Newington College     241

Sydney Grammar School 234

The Scots College     197

The Armidale School  76



The King's School      713

Newington College     586

St. Joseph's College  584

St. Ignatius' College  569

Shore School           520.5

Sydney Grammar School 482

Sydney High School   480.5

The Scots College     389

The Armidale School  305



Sun Herald

By Peter FitzSimons
May 24 2003


Great leap forward

In 1953, Bob Perrett was representing Sydney Grammar in the under-15 long jump of the Great Public Schools' annual athletic competition at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He was a bruiser of a lad, with good but not outstanding athleticism, and it was his second jump of the day. As he came down the runway, the crowd hushed briefly. He hit the board right on the money and soared off into space . . . his legs swinging forward in an arc as he went. "There are two basic noises that a crowd makes when you land in the long jump," Perrett told me 10 years ago. "Either a sort of 'ooooh', if you've jumped a long way, or an 'aaaah', if it's just another jump. On this occasion, they made a really big 'ooooooh' and I knew it was a good jump as soon as I landed." It was. The judges measured it to be 20 feet, 8 inches (6.31 metres). It not only won him the competition but was a GPS record - which broke the old mark by 15 inches (38cm). And it has stood ever since, making it the longest-standing schoolboy record in Australia. Until maybe . . . today, as Perrett - a Vietnam veteran and now highly respected doctor - gathers with 200 of his closest mates at the SCG, celebrating the 50-year anniversary of his leap. And watching a youthful Korean from King’s by the name of David Kim, who has broken every record on the way through the age groups, and now has Perrett's mark in his sights. Good luck to him. Good luck to Perrett. And ain't sport - real sport, grand?


FOOTNOTE to the story: David Kim did win the 2003 GPS U15 long jump, but leapt 6.03m – below Perrett’s record




David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image: Nicholas Hough (Image courtesy of Inside Athletics)



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