Caitlin Murdock – Runner’s Tribe

Results from the third youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina

13 of Australia’s most talented 16 and 17 year-olds recently competed at the third Youth Olympic Games hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina held between 11 and 16 October 2018.

Our young Aussies brought home five medals bettering our athlete-to-medal ratio than in previous Youth Olympic campaigns (in 2014 we had 20 athletes and six medals and in 2010 we had 17 athletes and four medals).

Australia finished seventh on the medal table out of 47 nations and finished ahead of countries including the United States of America, Germany, France and Japan.

The athletics events (for the first time) featured two stages comprising of three competition days each with all athletes required to compete in both stages.  For the track, jumps and throws, competitors were required to compete in the same event twice. However the distance runners (being the 1500m, 3000m and 2000m steeple chase competitors) were required to run their race in stage 1 and complete a cross country in stage 2.  The stage 1 and 2 results were combined to give the athletes a final score.

Our athletes

Australia’s 13 athletes were:

No Athlete name Event Overall place
1. Anthony Vlatko 800m 8th
2. Jamie Hiscock  2000m steeple chase and cross country 5th
3. Jaylah Hancock-Cameron  1500m and cross country 2nd
4. Josh Cowley Long jump 2nd
5. Keegan Bell  400m 9th
6. Keely Small 800m 1st
7. Lizzie Moss High jump 4th
8. Luke Young  1500m and cross country 5th
9. Oscar Miers High jump 2nd
10. Rochelle Vidler  Hammer throw 10th
11. Sophie White 100m hurdles 2nd
12. Sally Shokry Discuss 8th
13. Tom Throssell 400m hurdles 6th


Stand out performances

Australia’s flag bearer, Keely Small brought home the gold comfortably winning both stages of her 800m event.  Keely clocked times of 2:04.76 and 2:05.68 with her overall time three seconds ahead of her competition.

Keely Small

Our 100m hurdler super star Sophie White brought home a silver medal placing second and third in her two stages.  In her stage 2 race, she clocked 13.01, smashing the national under 18 record held jointly by herself and Sally Pearson, only to have it deemed ineligible for over the limit wind assistance (+2.6m/s).

Josh Cowley

Josh Cowley jumped an incredible 30 cm PB in the long jump to finish with a silver medal (7.82m).  Oscar Miers, also jumped an enormous PB (albeit in the high jump) with a stage 1 result of 2.14m which he then bettered in stage 2 when he cleared 2.16m, then 2.18m (he then passed at 2.20m) and finished with a colossal 2.22m clearance to claim second place, finishing behind the Chinese athlete Chen Long.

Josh Cowley

Jaylah Hancock-Cameron ran a lifetime best of 4:18.44 in the 1500m where she placed second to Kenya’s Edina Jebitok.  Jaylah then finished in 4th place in the cross country event to secure a silver medal overall.

Jaylah Hancock-Cameron

Runner’s Tribe would like to congratulate all our amazing junior athletes who competed in Buenos Aires!