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Records galore as Hicking climbs over 5.40m in the vault

Records galore as Hicking climbs over 5.40m in the vault

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Sunday, 27 July 2014/Categories: News

27 July 2014

Records galore as Hicking climbs over 5.40m in the vault

A slow start to his summer season has been turned on its head by pole vaulter Jack Hicking (BAN) who re-wrote the records book with a stunning 5.40m clearance as he placed seventh at the IAAF world juniors currently being held In Oregon USA.


Hicking stumbled early with misses at 5.00m and 5.10m, but then nailed, at the first time of calling, clearances at 5.20m, 5.30m and 5.40m, including a pass at 5.35m. He then missed 5.45m.

Coming into the competition only one athlete had vaulted higher than 5.40m and when Hicking, who was jumping first in order, cleared that height, it looked like anything was possible. But in the warm , windy conditions at the Historic Hayward Field in Oregon, the field rallied as athlete after athlete cleared personal bests, including Hicking, with 5.40m, adding 14cm to his lifeime best.

"I'm happy with that. The goal was 5.40m and top 8 and I achieved that," he told AA media officer, Pat Birgan in the mixed zone.

Some superlatives about the performace by Hicking:

-NSW U20 and open record

-#4 in Australian junior history

-highest vault by an Australian junior for five years

-highest vault by an Australian at the world juniors, in an event Australia has won gold and bronze in.

-When he cleared 5.40m he was briefly number two in the world for 2014.

-#7 U20 in the world this year


Also finishing seventh was the men’s 4x100m relay, which included two Tasmanians and NSW athletes from the UTS Norths club, Josh Clarke and Anthony Collum. They clocked 40.09, faster than their heat time of 40.18.

It was also makes them the fourth fastest junior team in Australian history, behind the 2012 and 1996 world junior squads and an under-20 1997 team.

“It felt good. Our change was just as a good as yesterday. I personally felt great too. The boys put in a massive effort," said Clarke.

“This time the change was just okay. Not as good as the heat. I tried to relax and hold on. It felt fast,” said Collum


Kat Hunt (UTN) ran her fastest ever time of 13.63 in her 100m hurdles semi-final to place fifth in the race. Unfortunately with a wind of 2.2m/s therefore it won’t go down as a lifetime best. She finished 16th overall from the 40 entries.

After the race she spoke to Pat Birgan:

"I was happy with the race. I got out well and just went for it. I got smashed on the fourth hurdle. Someone hit me and it threw me a bit. I was hoping to do a  PB again today but would have liked it to be a little faster. It’s been an amazing time. When I found out I got in the team, I was pumped, but I didn’t realise what a building experience it would be. I’ve learnt so much here."


Hunt is a relative new comer to the sport.

“It's my first international comp and I am happy with the way I dealt with it."


She has in the past showed great form in the long jump and had qualified for the world juniors in the 100m and 200m, but looks to have found her best event.

“I'm loving hurdles at the moment."

But she will be back, not quite in Kazan in 2016 for the world juniors, but 2015 which has the world university games and world championships.

"If I was born a week later I would have been eligible for the next world juniors. I’ll try not to blame my mum for that."


The 4x400m relay squads also successfully progressed to the final.

The men were third in their heat, in a time of 3:09.22. The team included NSW’s James Kermond (CBT), while Christian Foster (IBS) was reserve.

“It was good. Hopefully we can get through. We got a good time. The boys had a real dig,” said Kermond immediate after his run, when unaware if they would progress.


Likewise the women had success, placing fourth in heat two in 3:39.18, with Georgia Wassall (SYU) running the second leg.

“We all ran really well. We all want to improve some aspects (in the final)."


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Quotes from Pat Birgan in Oregon.

Image: Jack Hicking (courtesy of Getty Images)


Tomorrow’s timetable


08:55     W            1500 Metres                       Final       Anna Laman

09:35     W            4x400 Metres Relay        Final       Georgia Wassall

10:00     M            4x400 Metres Relay        Final       James Kermond, Christian Foster


Profiles of the athletes competing on day six

James Kermond (CBT)

Events: 200m, 4x400m relay

PB: 21.00

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 31st (on seasonal best 21.15)

Coach: Rob Macey and Darren Kermond track

Previous Coaches: none, had my coaches since I was 8 

Club: Campbelltown Collegians 

Previous Clubs: Bankstown Sports Little Athletics

School: Georges River Grammar 

Interesting facts: I am a massive Liverpool supporter, my dream is to one day watch a game at Enfield with my dad preferably against.


Christian Foster (IBS)

Event: 4x400m Relay

PB: 47.98

Coach: Stuart Miller

Previous Coaches: Lukas Chodat and Marcus Arnold (Albury)

Club/s: Wollongong Athletics

Previous Clubs : Albury LA, Wollongong City LA

School: Edmund Rice College Wollongong

Interesting fact: His mother won Ladies Stawell Gift when I was aged 6


Georgia Wassall (SYU)

Events: 800m, 4x400m relay

PB: 2:01.78

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 3rd

Coach: Kevin Wills (I've been with Kevin since I was 10 years old)

Club: Sydney University Athletics Club,

Previous club: Asics Wests. 

School: I graduated from Central Coast Grammar School last year. 

University: Sydney University. I'm in my first year studying bachelor of applied science in exercise physiology. 

Interesting fact: My dad was a "mathlete", how embarrassing! 


Anna Laman (PAR)

Event: 1500m:

PB: 4:13.62

2014 World Junior Champs ranking: 7th (based on seasonal best 4:15.23)

Coach: Philip Moore

Previous Coaches: N/A

Club/s: Parramatta city

Previous club: Campbelltown Collegians

School: MLC School, graduated in 2013

University: Stanford University, commencing September 2014

Interesting fact: My nationality is half Russian and I live with both Australian and Russian cultural traditions.


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