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Stein - World champion and world record holder

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Friday, 8 July 2011/Categories: News

8 July 2011

Stein - World champion and world record holder

Jake Stein has become world champion and world record holder in the Octathlon, competing in the 7th IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille France. Stein (Asics Wests), 17, was without peer as he won the event by 364 points and raised the World Youth world record by nine points.

He joins Jana Pittman (Hills) and his throws training partner Dani Samuels (Westfields) as NSW’s three World Youth champions. Pittman had won the 400m hurdles in 1999 and Samuels the discus in 2005.

It all started for Stein the day prior with three personal bests in the long jump, shot put and 400m, and in his fourth event the 100m, he was 0.01 seconds outside his personal best. Day 2 started brilliantly as he smashed his 110m hurdles best with a time of 14.25 – the second fastest time of the day. Next up was the high jump and he was just short of his summer best of 2.04m, with a great pressure clearance of 1.98m. Going into the seventh event, the javelin, Stein led the 28 man field by nearly 200 points. Stein travelled to Lille with a javelin best of 55.22m, but wiped that out on the first throw with a distance of 57.56m. His second throw was 56.10m before he launched his final attempt out to 59.65m – a 4m personal best. Stein, with a score of 5756, had extended his lead to 399 points going into the final event the 1000m. It was now just Stein against the clock. To break the world record of 6482 he would need to run 2:53.87 or faster. Starting in Heat 2, Stein ran very well to cross the line in seventh place 2:52.93, one second under the required time for the world record and he claimed gold by 364 points.

Coached by his dad, Phil, Jake has fulfilled the potential he showed last domestic season when he broke the Australian record.

Geddes writes history in the 100m final

Competing across the same two days, was Stein’s good friend Jarrod Geddes (Illawong) who was writing his own name into history. On Day 1, Geddes, competing in one of the 12 heats where 96 competitors were racing, won his 100m in a personal best of 10.66. Last night, running into a strong wind of 2m per second in the semi-final he continued his unbeaten record winning in a time of 10.76. Going into the final ranked fourth, Geddes placed sixth in a very close race where just 0.18 seconds separated all eight athletes. Geddes clocked another personal best of 10.63. He was one place behind team mate Hugh Donovan as they became the first ever Australian sprinters to make the World youth 100m championships final.

“Today was very exciting,” his coach Michael Dooley said.

“Jarrod ran fantastically well and to finish sixth in the final was awesome. Through the rounds he continued to rise to each challenge. Jarrod has worked so hard and I was thrilled with his performance."


Wollongong’s Sarah Carli (Kembla Joggers) continued her amazing run at the World Youth Championships, by comfortably progressing to the 400m hurdles final. Following her big pb in yesterday’s heat, Carli placed second in her semi-final and automatically qualified for the final with a time of 59. 67 – in fifth place. David Snowdon (Asics Wests) was equally as impressive in the high jump qualifying rounds where he cleared 2.03m on his first attempt to easily progress to the final. In Heat 5 of the 800m, Jenny Blundell (Cherrybrook) placed sixth in a time of 2:10.72 to progress to the semi-finals.

David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image Jake Stein

Octathlon result – 2011 World Youth Championships

1    Jake Stein            AUS     6491 [World record]

2    Fredrick Ekholm       SWE     6127

3    Felipe dos Santos     BRA     5966

4    Evgeniy Likhanov      RUS     5943

5    Aleksi Tuononen       FIN     5925


Octathlon  - World Youth All Time List

6491 Jake Stein            AUS      Lille 07/07/2011

6482 Yordani García        CUB      Marrakech 14/07/2005

6478 Kevin Mayer           FRA      Bressanone 09/07/2009

6456 Andrés Silva          URU      Sherbrooke 11/07/2003

6451 José Angel Mendieta  CUB      Santiago de Cuba 02/07/2008

6415 Andrei Krauchanka     BLR      Minsk 11/06/2003

6393 Abdel Kader Larrinaga    CUB  La Habana (EP) 06/05/2011


100 Metres Result – 2011 World Youth Championships

1 O'Dail Todd  JAM 10.51  (PB)

2 Kazuma Oseto  JPN 10.52 

3 Michael-Meba Zeze  FRA 10.57 

4 Ronald Darby  USA 10.61  (PB)

5 Hugh Donovan  AUS 10.62 

6 Jarrod Geddes  AUS 10.63  (PB)

7 Mohammad Sico Ibrahim  KSA 10.63  (PB)

8 Chijindu Ujah  GBR 10.69 


NSW’s previous World Youth Champions

Dani Samuels      2005 Discus

Jana Pittman      1999 400m hurdles


Day Three Timetable


Melissa-Marre Farrington      Heptathlon

Jenny Blundell    800m  semi-final


Day Four Timetable


Elliott Lang            Javelin qualifying

Melissa-Marre Farrington      Heptathlon

Filoi Aokuso            Discus Final

David Snowdon     High Jump - qual

Sarah Carli       400m hurdles – final

Anna Laman        1500m final


Day Five Timetable


Elliott Lang            Javelin final

Jenny Blundell    800m final


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