Stop Sydney its hammer time

17 January 2013

Like most of the Chinese team, coming to Australia for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) it is He Weihu’s first time overseas.

The 16-year-old is competing in the men’s hammer throw, the opening event of athletics at the AYOF on Friday.

“It’s very fantastic to be here. I’m a little bit nervous, but so excited,” He said.

Training nine times a week, He is one of 19 in China’s strong athletics delegation.

The burly teenager has made many friends from other countries at the Opening Ceremony and being in the village, ahead of the biggest competition he has ever been a part of to date.

Describing the Ceremony as exciting, He said seeing the Australian animals and children dressed in the Olympic colours was his favourite part. 

“Sitting next to Brazil and playing games with them, it was all very funny.”

Keeping his personal best distance and aim for the AYOF secret, He said he wants to surprise everyone with his throws.

“I have loved Australia and I welcome you to all come to China,” He said.

“I’ll be sad to go home when the Festival is over. I really like it here.”

Queenslander Matthew Denny and New Zealand’s Matt Bloxham will provide great opposition in the hammer throw for He.

The Chinese athletics team is expected to be on the podium many times in the two-day straight finals format. They have several athletes ranked in the top five in the world for their age groups. 

On Friday and Saturday afternoon there will be 20 finals on each day at Sydney Olympic Park.

Annie Kearney
Olympics.com.au

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