Seven Doha World Athletics Championship qualifiers, two World Athletics Records and two World Athletics Best performances prove that the 2019 Australian Track & Field Championships were a great success.
Over 3500 athletes took part in the week-long event that saw seven Doha World Championship performances by six athletes:
- Lauren Wells – 400m hurdles (54.87)
- Kelsey Barber – javelin ( 63.33)
- Kelsey Barber – javelin ( 63.15)
- Kathryn Mitchell – javelin (62.78)
- Naa Anang – long jump (6.76)
- Catriona Bisset – 800m (2:00.48)
- Matt Denny – discus (65.28)
The week was kick started by the incredible performance of Sasha Zhoya, who jumped 5.56m in the Men’s Pole Vault, which is an U18 world best.
On top of Zhoya’s marvellous performance in the pole vault, on the Thursday (day 4 of competition) – he ran a 110m hurdles in 13.05 which is an Australian U18 record & World 16 years best.
On the Saturday night (day 6 of competition) in the blue ribbon event that is the Men’s 100m, 17 year old ACT athlete Eddie Nketia won the coveted title in 10.22.
Vision of each event (that has been livestreamed by Athletics Australia) at the Championships can be seen & downloaded here:
Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre will host to the 2020 Australian Track & Field Championships.
Main cover photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 07: Catriona Bisset of Victoria wins the Womens 800m during the Australian Track and Field Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on April 07, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)