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#WJC14 Day 4: Hunt and Laman progress at World Juniors

#WJC14 Day 4: Hunt and Laman progress at World Juniors

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Saturday, 26 July 2014/Categories: News

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 zone.

"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 race.

"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 thought, wow!"

Hunt had set her goals for today’s race.

"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.


Anna Laman (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,” said McDermott.


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 Athletics NSW

Image:hurdler Kat Hunt  (courtesy of Getty images)


Today’s timetable
DAY 4 – JULY 25
Evening Session

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)

Event: 5000m

PB: 14:07.11

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 12th

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.


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