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Youth Olympic Games – Athletics commences

Youth Olympic Games – Athletics commences

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Thursday, 11 October 2018/Categories: News

11 October 2018

Youth Olympic Games – Athletics commences

On Friday morning, day five of competition at the Youth Olympic Games, we will see the commencement of the track and field program in Buenos Aires, where 13 Aussies will compete against 179 nations in athletics.

The Youth Olympic Games program is very unique. Athletes compete in heats and all compete in a final, except the events over 1500m which have a straight final and then the competitors compete in a cross country race.

NSW have contributed significantly to Australia’s has a great record at the Games. The only two gold medallists are from NSW - Nick Hough (110m hurdles in 2010) and Jess Thornton (400m in 2014). NSW medallists have been:

2010

Gold      Nicholas Hough - 110m hurdles

Silver     Brandon Starc - High Jump

Silver     Michelle Jenneke - 100m hurdles

 

2014

Gold      Jessica Thornton - 400m

Silver     Alexandra Hulley - Hammer Throw

Silver     Tay-Leiha Clark Triple Jump

Bronze Samantha Geddes - 100m

 

Late season form for the Australians and internationals is less certain and will ensure surprises galore,

Two NSW athletes Luke Young (1500m) and Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (1500m) will have the very unique opportunity to compete in a cross country event after their track event. It is the first time cross country has been held in the Olympics since it was discontinued after the 1924 Games.

 

Sally Shokry has had the benefits of training alongside one of the greats in Australian women’s throwing, Dani Stevens.

“When she is in Sydney and I train with her and she gives me many tips. It is really good having her as a model, throwing wise, and athlete wise, she is really amazing.”

Her athletes career started over 10 years ago.

“I started in under-6s in little athletics and always had a liking for throws. I started training when I was 8-years-old and ever since then I have worked on technique and getting better and lately it has been paying off.”

Similarly, sprinter Keegan Bell also started in little athletes however he came to a sporting crossroads when he commenced high school.

 

“I started in little athletics aged six, then I stopped for a few years, then returned aged nine and also played soccer. When I was selected to attend Hills Sports High, I had to choose, and I selected athletics. It has been a hard road to here, but it shows hard work pays off.”

When will the NSW athletes

 

Youth Olympic Games - Buenos Aires

Day 1 - Fri 12 Oct

AEDT

SEX

EVENT

ROUND

ATHLETE

04:35

W

Discus Throw

Qualification

Sally Shokry

07:10

M

400 Metres

Heats

Keegan Bell

AEDT - Australian Eastern Daylight Time

Day 2 - Sat 13 Oct

AEDT

SEX

EVENT

ROUND

ATHLETE

05:40

W

1500 Metres

Heats

Jaylah Hancock-Cameron

06:00

M

1500 Metres

Heats

Luke Young

 

Day 3 - Sun 14 Oct

AEDT

SEX

EVENT

ROUND

ATHLETE

06:45

M

800 Metres

Heats

Anthony Vlatko

 

Day 4 - Mon 15 Oct

AEDT

SEX

EVENT

ROUND

ATHLETE

05:50

W

Discus Throw

Final

Sally Shokry

06:10

M

400 Metres

Final

Keegan Bell

 

Day 5 - Tue 16 Oct

AEDT

SEX

EVENT

ROUND

ATHLETE

00:00

M

Cross Country 4km

Final

Luke Young

00:30

W

Cross Country 4km

Final

Jaylah Hancock-Cameron

05:20

M

800 Metres

Final

Anthony Vlatko

 

Day 6 - Wed 17 Oct

Nil NSW

 

NSW members of the Australian Team

1500m   Jaylah Hancock-Cameron  (Andae Kalemusic)

Discus Throw       Sally Shokry         (Denis Knowles)

1500m   Luke Young          (Jason Maxwell)

800m     Anthony Vlatko   (Ken Green)

400m     Keegan Bell          (Mike Hurst)

 

Following the athletes:

  • Athletics Australia’s social channels and website

  • Australian Olympic Committee social channels and website:

Livestream:

You can watch a live steam of the athletics here: http://olympics.com.au/live-stream

AOC & the Olympic Channel are doing their best to cover the 26 sports Australian’s are in.

 

David Tarbotton for Athletics NSW

 Image: NSW athletes in the Australian YOG team (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)

 

 
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