Written by AA

18-year-old Claudia Hollingsworth was patient but perfect in the Women’s 800m at the Maurie Plant meet in Melbourne last night, executing a flawless final lap to shatter her second consecutive Australian Under 20 record in the space of a week and clock 1:59.81 – torching a field of Australian and international talent.

“I’m just taking it race by race and seeing how far I can go. Each race I surprise myself which is what I’m aiming to do, but I’m always trying to go that step further,” Hollingsworth said.

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“I’ve never properly celebrated after a win before, but crossing that line all the emotions actually came out and recognising that winning is such an exciting feeling, especially with the atmosphere. It is pretty cool and pretty crazy.”

Hollingsworth snatched the lead in the home straight from both Abbey Caldwell (2:00.54) and Catriona Bisset (2:01.41), who finished in second and third placings respectively.


800m · Women · Final 15/02/2024

1 6 Claudia Hollingsworth (2005) AUS VIC 1:59.81 PB
2 2 Abbey Caldwell (2001) AUS VIC 2:00.54 SB
3 7-1 Catriona Bisset(1994) AUS VIC 2:01.41 SB
4 5-2 Linden Hall (1991) AUS VIC 2:02.30 SB
5 3-2 Brooke Feldmeier (1996) USA 2:02.98 SB
6 8 Imogen Barrett(1999) AUS QLD 2:03.01
7 5-1 GeorgiaGriffith (1996) AUS VIC 2:03.17 SB
8 1 Jaylah Hancock-Cameron (2002) AUS NSW 2:04.15
9 3-1 Morgan Mitchell (1994) AUS VIC 2:04.61
10 4 BendereOboya (2000) AUS NSW 2:05.48
7-2 Helen Pretorius (1999) AUS ACT PACE DNF