13 July 2018
Silver for Carley Thomas at World U20s
UTS Norths half-miler, Carley Thomas has won Australia’s third medal at the IAAF World U20 Championships, in Tampere Finland.
On day three of the championships Thomas strode to the line slashing two seconds from her 800m PB to run 2:01.13 and win a silver medal behind Ethiopian Dribe Welteji. Thomas ran a tactically perfect race, well position throughout.
“I was just trying to stick behind the lead people and stay intouch and give it all I had at the end” she said.
Over the last 100m the winner had broken away, but third was threatening.
“I was thinking it is not over until I cross the line so I just had to go as hard as I could to the finish.”
You would have to say her form has been perfect in the leadup. She indicated her speed was good, equalling her 400m PB a week ago, then in the semi-final in Tampere she broke her 800m PB running 2:03.19 looking rather casual in the race.
The modest athlete could barely believe she had won silver.
“It was so much fun, finishing the race I felt oh my gosh it’s done, its happened.”
She was also able to share the experience with friends and family.
“The support crew is crucial. They were so excited and happy for me.”
He time moved her to number three in Australian under-20 history. Equalled the best ever performance at the world U20s – a silver by Georgie Clarke in 2000. It also broke the NSW U20 record.
On day one, NSW’s other two athletes, shot putters Aiden Harvey and Alexander Kolesnikoff were in action.
They had the qualifying round in the morning, followed by the final in the evening.
They both started tentatively in the final, but on his second attempt, Harvey nailed a PB 19.48m and on his final attempt hit a monster put of 19.85m to place seventh in the event - moving him to number two in Australian junior history. Kolesnikoff was not as successful, hitting 18.28m in the final to place 11th, following 18.93m in the qualifying round.
David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW
Image: Carley Thomas with the 800m medallists (image courtesy of Getty)