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World U20s DAY FOUR & FIVE: Hulley hammers out silver

World U20s DAY FOUR & FIVE: Hulley hammers out silver

Author: David Tarbotton & Ron Bendall/Sunday, 24 July 2016/Categories: News

24 July 2016

World U20s DAY FOUR & FIVE: Hulley hammers out silver

Hills hammer thrower, Alex Hulley has won Australia’s fourth medal and NSW’s first at the IAAF Under-20 Championships being held in Bydgoszcz, Poland this week. NSW athletes were also members of the relay teams that progressed to the finals.

Competing on day four, Hulley, nervously fouled her opening throw, but was not fazed as she nailed a big 63.47m throw on her second attempt. Her throw moved her into a close second to leader, Norway’s Beatrice Lland who nailed 63.55m, a few throws earlier. But over the final two attempts Lland extended her lead to a best of 64.33m in round four. Hulley closed her competition with another solid distance of 62.47m.

“On the first throw I hit the ground,” Hulley told the IAAF. “I was nervous, but in the second round I thought I had to get a good throw out to put myself in the competition, and I did what I had to do to get a medal.”

It was Australia’s first ever medal in the women’s hammer throw at the IAAF world junior/U20 championships.

There was some tremendous relay running from the men’s and women’s 4x100m units.

The men clocked 39.67 in the heats, second fastest behind the Japanese. With NSW’s Nick Andrews (CHE) on the anchor leg, they went even faster in the final, clocking 39.57. The team clocked the third and sixth fastest Australian junior times in history - only bettered by the 2012 world junior team.

Australian All Time List – U20 Men 4x10m relay

39.34                       World U20 team                     Barcelona               13.07.12

39.56                       World U20 team                     Barcelona               14.07.12

39.57                       World U20 team                    Bydgoszcz            23.07.16

39.62                       AUS U20 team                        Shanghai                               14.05.16

39.62                       World U20 team                     Sydney                   25.08.96

39.67                       World U20 team                    Bydgoszcz            22.07.16

39.85                       World U20 team                     Sydney                   25.08.96

39.95                       National Squad                      Melbourne              29.02.96

39.99                       National Squad                      Brisbane                 14.03.96


The women were very consistent too. They clocked 45.18 in the heat for the eight fastest qualifier for the final. With NSW’s Sam Geddes (UTN) on the third leg, they improved in the final to placed seventh in a quicker time of 45.15. The times were the fastest by an Australian junior team for 12 years.

Australian All Time List – U20 Women 4x10m relay

44.86                       World U20 team     Grosseto                                17.07.04

44.94                       National team         Manchester            03.07.04

44.97                       National Team       Durham, NC           13.07.96

45.01                       World U20 team     Plovdiv                   12.08.90

45.04                       World U20 team     Santiago                 22.10.00

45.06                       World U20 team     Santiago                 22.10.00

45.10                       World U20 team     Grosseto                                18.07.04

45.15                       World U20 team    Bydgoszcz            22.07.16

45.18                       World U20 team    Bydgoszcz            22.07.16

45.19                       National team         Grosseto                                08.07.04

45.30                       World U20 team     Sydney                   25.08.96

45.45                       National team         Brisbane                 08.09.00


A seasoned international now, competing in his fourth IAAF world championships, Tyler Jones (MIN), showed the great promise his domestic performances have been suggesting for years. Clocking a personal best of 42:02.96, he placed 12th.

There were highs and lows for Bella O’Grady (UTN) at the meet. After she helped the women’s relay into the final, she then clocked an outstanding personal best of 13.53 in the 100m hurdles, moved from 10th to sixth fastest in Australian history and passing her coach Penny Gillies. She was ranked 10th going into the semi-final, but in the semi-final clipping a hurdle and did not finish.

Australian All Time List – U20 Women 100m hurdles

13.01       Sally                        McLELLAN              Q             26.11.05

13.12       Jacqui                     MUNRO                  N             14.07.00

13.38       Michelle                  JENNEKE               N             23.06.12

13.2         Maureen                                 CAIRD                     N             07.02.70

13.49       Georgina                                POWER                  V              25.03.01

13.53       Bella                       O’GRADY               N             23.07.16

13.57       Simone                   PURVIS                   V              17.08.96

13.57       Daniela                   ROMAN                  V              22.11.15

13.60       Robyne                   STRONG                                V              23.03.80

13.4         Penny                     McCALLUM-GILLIESN           07.02.70

13.66       Kat                           HUNT                      N             25.07.14


The was disappointment for the women’s 4x400m relay who clocked an outstanding time of 3:37.83 to place sixth in their heat but surprisingly missed progression to the final, despite their time being quick enough to finish second in the heat two. In the last 18 years, only the 2008 world junior medal-winning team has run that quick. NSW was represented by Jess Thornton (ILL) on the lead off led and Molly Blakey (SOS) on leg three.

You hope to perform at your personal best levels on the biggest stage of your career, and that is what St George’s Matt Rees did. Bringing his experience from the 2014 Youth Olympic Games into the competition, he threw an impressive 68.57m on the second throw, extending this to a personal best of 69.82m in the third. But disappointingly it would be insufficient to progress to the final.

After great heat running, NSW’s steeplechasing pair Beth Croft (SYU) and Georgia Winkcup (RYD) found it tough backing up two days later in the final. Croft placed 13th and Winkcup 15th, in times of 10:29.67 and 10:41.16 respectively.

Amy Harding-Delooze (RBH) despite an injury-interrupted preparation ran well in the women’s 1500m placing 11th in her heat in a good time of 4:25.38.

Annabel McDermott (UTN), competing in her second world championship in two years, ran well for 14th in the 5000m clocking 16:08.44

Cherrybrook all rounder, Alysha Burnett endured day two of the heptathlon, finishing 15th overall with a good score of 5416 points. Burnett leapt 5.64m in the long jump, threw 41.74m in the javelin and ran 2:32.99 in the 800m.


Day Six – NSW competitors

4x400m relay final women – Jess Thornton, Molly Blakey

1500m heats – Amy Harding-Delooze


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image:  Alex Hulley wins silver in the hammer throw (Getty Images)


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