26 July 2014
#WJC14 Day 4: Hunt and
Laman progress at World Juniors
Competing at the 15th IAAF world
juniors currently being conducted In Oregon, USA, UTS Norths’ Kat Hunt clocked a personal best of
13.66 in the heats of the 100m hurdles, to place second and progress smoothly
into the semi-final.
"I am feeling really happy,
which is so surprise," she told AA media office Pat Birgan in the mixed
"It all happened very quickly, even
the whole call room thing. I got to the start of the race and I thought, wow,
they are saying on your marks already. I did some jumps, got into the blocks
and thought do it now or never.”
Hunt got away to a great start in the
"I got to the first hurdle
ahead. It felt really good. The crowd was cheering and I could hear people
shouting my name. The atmosphere was just amazing. When I crossed the line I
Hunt had set her goals for today’s
"My aim was to make the
semi-final. I thought about the whole thing last night and how upset I would be
if I didn’t make it.” But the mature athlete awoke in a positive frame of mind
ready to achieve. “This morning I pushed those thoughts out of my head and
focussed on the race.”
Next up for Hunt is the semi-final
tomorrow afternoon. They will be very competitive with seven athletes running
under 13.45 in the heats.
(PAR) did what she needed to make the 1500m final. Competing in heat two she
had the advantage of knowing what fastest time was required after fifth place had
run 4:19.88. In a fast heat two, Laman placed eighth in 4:18.89, nailing the
last place in the final. Her heat time was the second fastest ever by an
Australian behind Benita Willis’ 4:18.25 in 1998. Australia has a good record
in this event with 10 finalists at the 14 previous championships held.
Laman only nailed the departure
standard in the last week before departure, due to injury post nationals.
"I am really happy because I have has a bumpy few
months," she told Birgan in Oregon.
Competing in pool B of the high jump,
Nicola McDermott (MIN) had a clean
sheet through 1.70, 1.75 and 1.79, but unfortunately stumbled at 1.82m, a
height 14 athletes negotiated.
"I'm disappointed. It's the lowest I've done this
trip. At 1.82m I didn't have the correct position. I gave it my all though,”
In the men’s javelin Rhys Stein (ASW) opened his competition
with a good 62.68m, but he didn’t improve and finished up in 11th place in pool
B, which eventually was insufficient to progress to the final.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for
Image:hurdler Kat Hunt (courtesy of Getty images)
DAY 4 – JULY 25
TIME USA/ AEST
18:05/11:05 W 4x100 Metres Relay Heats Kat Hunt, Tavleen Singh, Audrey Kyracou
18:40 11:40 M 4x100 Metres Relay Heats Josh Clarke, Anthony Collum
20:45 13:45 M 5000 Metres Final Morgan McDonald
Profiles of today’s finalist
Morgan McDonald (RBH)
2014 World Junior Champs
Coach: Sean Williams
Previous Coaches: Mike Little
Club: Randwick Botany Harriers
Previous club: South Eastern
School/s: Newington College
University: Starting at University of Wisconsin in the US
later this year
Interesting fact: Dad was a national champion in kayaking
as a 16 year old.