Field athletes set new standards19 January 2013
ATHLETICS: Not content with breaking one record for the day, Queenslander Matt Denny has added the men’s discuss meet record to his hammer throw AYOF best from the Saturday morning session.
The 16-year-old, who took up athletics in grade five, is now a dual gold medallist at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF).
Denny threw 64.76m to win, cementing his place in the record books and achieving a world youth qualifying mark.
“I’m really happy, I was hoping for a bit bigger,” Denny said.
“I’m just a bit tired from the hammer earlier, the legs are really tired.”
“With the dead calm wind out there, 64m is really good so I’m happy.
China’s Chen Liangyu (61.79m) and New Zealand’s Samiuela Ulufonua (58.47m) won silver and bronze respectively.
Adding to her gold medal this morning in shot put, Yasenaca Denicaucau is also a dual gold medallist winning the women’s discus.
The Australian threw 46.58m to outperform fellow Australians Kirsty Williams (45.11m, silver) and teammate Paletina Lemi (43.30m) rounding out the podium.
After a dominate 2012 Australian Aliyah Johnson has continued her great form with a win in the women’s long jump.
The Florida, USA born teenager achieved her first world youth qualifier for the event, jumping 6.02m to claim gold over Tingchao Zeng of China (5.93m).
Australian Iman Balla rounded out the medals with a best jump of 5.83m.
“The win was really good considering it’s an international competition,” Johnson said.
“It’s everyone’s goal to represent Australia and hopefully it’s good preparation for future events.”
Johnson also one the 100m hurdles earlier in the day as she looks ahead to a big heptathlon career.
Coached by his mother, Lachlan Miller proved that Mum’s the word, notching up a win in the men’s shot put at the athletics.
The 16-year-old won gold, recording 18.08m, with Matthew Bloxham from New Zealand claiming silver (17.51m) and Samiuela Ulufonua in bronze (17.34m).
The Queenslander said training with his mum was hard work and a lot of fun.
“She tells me that it’s like I’m having a cup of tea before the release (of the shot).”
The 16-year-old beat his old personal best by more than 10cm.
“It’s brilliant. Absolutely overwhelming,” Miller said.
“I’ve worked on a lot. I’ve been training hard on the release of the shot. It’s probably what got me through in the end.
“It’s good to win I’ve gone a year without the getting to the podium so it feels good to be back up there.”
As the rain started sprinkling down at Olympic Park, Bokai Huang recorded a massive win in the men’s pole vault.
His 5 metre clearance broke the meet record by a massive 40cm.
The 16-year-old from China claimed victory over Australian’s Henri Brown and Mudith Jayasekara.
Winning silver, Brown recorded a jump of 4.55m and in bronze Jayasekara recorded 4.40m.
Smashing the record by 25cm, China’s Jianan Wang won gold in the men’s long jump.
His jump of 7.86m was enough to beat Australian Henry Smith who settled for silver with a jump of 7.53m.
Australian teammate Shemaiah James claimed bronze with 6.82m.
With four of the top six ranked jumpers in the world, the women’s high jump was always going to tight.
Australian Nicola McDermott won on a countback beating fellow Australian Hannah Joye, with both jumping 1.80m.
Bin Yuan picked up the bronze with a jump of 1.73m.
15-year-old Sydney-sider Alex Hulley extended her domination in the women’s hammer throw recording a huge 62.04m.
It’s Hulley’s third world qualifying throw, which also set a new meet record.
“I felt good. I think it was my best competition ever. And that’s my third qualifier throw so I’m happy.”
“It’s been great, I’ve been meeting new people from all the other sports like judo and basketball. It’s really awesome.”
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