Tasmania among the medals at Australian Athletics Championships

African adventure: Stewart McSweyn competed in the world cross-country titles at the weekend.
African adventure: Stewart McSweyn competed in the world cross-country titles at the weekend.

Tasmania wasted little time getting among the medals at the Australian Athletics Championships.

On the first day of competition at Sydney Olympic Park, Raphaela Corney (3.50 metres) and Lily Holloway (3.15m) claimed gold and silver in the under-17 girls’ pole vault.

With all the medallists getting to stand on the dais used at the 2000 Olympic Games, Julia Direen added another silver in the under-17 girls’ hammer with a throw of 47.81m.

Sam Walker won gold in the under-16 boys para 200m.

The UTas member doubled up and also established an Australian under-16 T38 record in running a huge personal best of 12.50 in the 100m. 

Other gold medals followed on Monday when Alice Randall dominated the under-18 women’s 5000m walk, storming home in 25:08.91. Anna Blackwell (26:57.40) finished fifth in the under-17 event.

The combined junior and open championships feature a total of 546 events and run until Sunday with Tasmanian Institute of Sport athletics coach Susan Andrews delighted with the state’s start to the event.

A team of 76 athletes has been named to represent Tasmania including Jack Hale, Hamish and Huw Peacock and Deon Kenzie.

Cross paths

Stewart McSweyn finished 52nd in the 12,000m elite men’s race at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda.

The King Islander clocked 31:05 as Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor won in 28:24.