Team WA is off to a strong start on Day 1 of the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, with two new Australian Records set, a World Best and 6 national medals coming home to WA.
Sasha Zhoya thrilled in the Under 20 Men’s Pole Vault, where he claimed a gold medal, set a new Australian Record and an Under 18 World Best with a jump of 5.56m. Sasha’s jump this afternoon surpassed the previous World Best of 5.55m, which was held by Greek athlete Emmanouilt Karalis from 2016.
Jackson Hamilton (F12) kicked off his Championships campaign with gold medal and a new Australian Record in the Under 20 Men’s Discus Throw Para, with a new personal best of 52.01m. Jackson’s next event is the Under 20 Men’s Shot Put Para on Day 2.
Robert Marchesi-Scott continues his great season with a silver medal in the Under 15 Men’s Shot Put, where he threw a huge 14.07m to finish second behind NSW's Benjamin Stevens.
In the Under 20 Women’s Pole Vault, Lauren Hyde-Cooling faced challenging windy conditions, producing 3.90m to win the silver medal, finishing 4th overall behind two New Zealand competitors.
On the track, Kayla van der Linden finished 3rd in a competitive field in the Under 16 Women’s 1500m, with a time of 4:37.23. Kayla will continue her campaign on Day 3, in the Under 16 Women’s 800m.
In the Under 15 Women’s 3000m Race Walk, Alexandra Griffin showed her class, finishing 2nd in a time of 14:32.54.
Luke Shaw produced a new personal best of 48.56 in the Under 20 Men’s 400m heat, progressing him through to the finals on Day 2.
Congratulations to all athletes who represented WA proudly on Day 1. The action continues tomorrow from 8.30am AEST, with the livestream broadcast starting at 9.25am. Visit http://athletics.com.au/livestream19 for further details.