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.
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.
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.
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.
about the performace by Hicking:
and open record
Australian junior history
vault by an Australian junior for five years
vault by an Australian at the world juniors, in an event Australia has won gold
and bronze in.
cleared 5.40m he was briefly number two in the world for 2014.
-#7 U20 in
the world this year
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.
race she spoke to Pat Birgan:
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
women had success, placing fourth in heat two in 3:39.18, with Georgia Wassall (SYU) running the
“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)
08:55 W 1500
Metres Final Anna
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
James Kermond (CBT)
Events: 200m, 4x400m relay
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
Club: Campbelltown Collegians
Previous Clubs: Bankstown Sports Little Athletics
School: Georges River Grammar
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
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
2014 World Junior Champs
Coach: Kevin Wills (I've
been with Kevin since I was 10 years old)
Club: Sydney University
Previous club: Asics
School: I graduated from
Central Coast Grammar School last year.
University. I'm in my first year studying bachelor of applied science in
Interesting fact: My dad
was a "mathlete", how embarrassing!
Anna Laman (PAR)
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
Interesting fact: My nationality is half Russian and I
live with both Australian and Russian cultural traditions.