28 July 2014
Glasgow Gold for Elkington
As the world juniors in Oregon wind down with the last day of competition, the Commonwealth Games got underway across the Atlantic and on day one, NSW struck gold.
Hills athlete, Jodi Elikington has won Australia’s first gold on the track taking the T37/38 long jump, while Central Coast 15-year-old, Rae Anderson (MIN), the youngest member of the team, has placed seventh.
Eklington’s win was never in doubt after she opened the competition with 4.29m. She extended her best to 4.36m in round four and then a wind assisted 4.39m on the final jump of the competition. She was in the form of her life, raising her personal best twice during the competition. She defeated English athlete Bethy Woodward who leapt 4.00m. Anderson had a solid competition, leaping a best of 3.67m on her very first jump. She was consistent with five leaps over 3.59m.
The third NSW athlete in competition on day one was Anneliese Rubie (SYU) who successfully progressed to the 400m semi-finals negotiating high standard heats. She clocked 52.86, just a half second outside her personal best. She finished fourth in easily the toughest heat and progressed as the fastest non-automatic qualifier. In fact her time would have won two other heats. Overall she is ranked ninth going into the semi-finals tomorrow where just eight will proceed to the final.
World Juniors conclude
The highlight on the final day was a tremendous performance by the men’s 4x400m relay team which placed sixth in the final in 3:06.80. NSW’s James Kermond (CBT) set up the performance with a great lead off leg.
"I am so proud of these boys. They worked so hard in camp. I told them in the call room to leave nothing in the tank,” Kermond told AA media officer Pat Birgan. The time was the fifth fastest in Australian junior history and the second fastest in 16 years.
In the women’s 4x400m, Georgia Wassall (SYU) ran the second leg for the team which crossed the line in eighth in a time of 3:39.65, but were elevated to seventh when Jamaica were disqualified.
“The atmosphere was great. We ran well and gave it our all. Not forgetting Ella and Courtney," Wassall told Birgan in the mixed zone.
Earlier in the program in the women’s 1500m final Anna Laman (PAR) ran a perfectly judged race giving herself every chance. Early on she stayed wide, avoiding any jostling, then after the pack had settled down over the second lap she ran efficiently in lane one in around eighth place. But the pace really quickened 400m out and a gap emerged.
“At the bell, they went off. I missed the kick and then tried to get back but didn’t have enough. I gave it all I had,” Laman said who pushed on and was strong at the end, hitting the line in 4:18.70, faster than her heat time and her third fastest ever time.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Jodi Elkington (courtesy of Getty Images)
Monday July 28
AEST / Glasgow time
19:07 Mon - 10.07 M Dec 100; Jake Stein
20:00 Mon - 11.00 M Dec LJ; Jake Stein
20:10 Mon - 11.10 M HJ qual; Brandon Starc
20:25 Mon - 11.25 M 400 hts; Steve Solomon
20:45 Mon - 11.45 M HT qual (A);
21:20 Mon - 12.20 W 1500 hts;
21:25 Mon - 12.25 M Dec SP; Jake Stein
21:55 Mon - 12.55 M HT qual (B);
4:00 Tue - 19.00 M Dec HJ; Jake Stein
4:05 Tue - 19.05 W HT FINAL;
4:10 Tue - 19.10 W 100 sf;
4:20 Tue - 19.20 M SP FINAL;
4:35 Tue - 19.35 M 100 sf;
5:15 Tue - 20.15 W 400 sf; Annaliese Rubie
6:05 Tue - 21.05 M Dec 400; Jake Stein
6:10 Tue - 21.10 W TJ qual;
6:35 Tue - 21.35 W 100 FINAL;
6:50 Tue 21.50 M 100 FINAL