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Tay triples to silver

Tay triples to silver

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Tuesday, 26 August 2014/Categories: News

26 August 2014

Tay triples to silver

On the final day of track and field at the second Youth Olympic Games being held in Nanjing, NSW athletes added one more medal to their tally and came oh so close in another event.


Tay-Leiha Clark’s triple jump qualifying round jump of 13.00m moved her up to fourth ranked athlete going into the final on Monday morning.

Jumping mid-field Clark started well with a leap of 12.69, her second longest ever distance. She held down second place at the end of the first round. The event took off in round two with Hungarian Eszier Banjnok  moving into second with 12.75. Two jumps later, Clark responded with a new personal best of 13.06m seizing the event lead by a staggering 28 centimetres. In round three Banjnok improved to 13.01m, then on the second last jump in the round, France’s Yanis David grabbed the lead jumping 13.18m.

In the final attempts, Clark again jumped well clearing 12.95m, then on the next jump, David extended her lead to 13.33m securing the gold, while Clark settled for silver.

It was Clark’s second competition over 13 metres joining an elite group of just nine Australian juniors over this barrier.


NSW mid-north coast thrower, Matt Rees (STG) came into the javelin final ranked eighth amongst the eight finalists, with a personal best of 70.85m, in a field which included five 75 metre throwers. But those distances didn’t faze Rees.

He opened his account with a throw of 65.14m and finished round one ranked fourth in the field.

The event took shape in round two with a series of best throws by the athletes as they rattled off 69.29m, 73.98m, 69.77m and 71.88m. Throwing sixth in the order, could Rees continue the momentum of the event? The answer was yes as he launched the 700 gram spear out to 71.50m and moving into a podium position. He had added 55 centimetres to his best achieved during the Australian summer. In round three he slipped to fourth place and maintained that place to the finish, finishing just 90 centimetres short of a medal.


On the track, UTS Norths middle distance runner, Emily Augustine, placed a competitive eighth in the 1500m a time of 4:30.51 while Rosie May Davidson (IBS) also placed eighth in the 2000m steeplechase in 6:50.62, missing her personal best by the narrowest of margins – 0.03 seconds.


The NSW athletes closed the meet with one gold, two silver and one bronze to match the 2010 team of Nick Hough, Michelle Jenneke, Brandon Starc and the medley relay who claimed podium finishes.


Australian All Time List – U20 women Triple Jump

All 13 metre jumps

Complied by Fletcher McEwen and David Tarbotton


13.36       0.0           Linda                      ALLEN                                     Q             220387    1              Gold Coast            09.07.06

13.34       -0.7          Brooke                    STRATTON                            V              120793    1              Sydney                   15.03.12

13.28       +1.6                                         Allen                                                                       1              Sydney                   05.02.06

13.26       +1.3         Aliyah                     JOHNSON                              Q             161296    q              Eugene                   24.07.14

13.25       +1.8         Josie                       NICHOL                                  N             150795    1              Sydney                   17.03.12

13.18       -0.2          Carmen                   MILLER                                   T              180778    q              Sydney                   24.08.96

13.17       +0.2                                         Miller                                                                       1              Hobart                     25.02.96

13.15       +1.3                                         Johnson                                                                                1              Townsville             06.12.13

13.15       +1.3                                         Miller                                                                       1              Melbourne              22.03.96

13.15       +1.0                                         Stratton                                                                   1              Melbourne              29.10.11

13.14       +0.8                                         Stratton                                                                   2              Melbourne              10.12.11

13.13       +1.1         Sarah                      SYDNEY                                 Q             160284    -               Sydney                   11.12.99

13.13       +1.5         Alyisha                   HOUSE                                   N             151188    1              Brisbane                                 27.06.04

13.07       +0.4         Leanne                   WICKHAM                              V              140574    1              Melbourne              09.02.96

13.06       -0.7          Tay-Leiha               CLARK                                   N             080298    2              Nanjing                  22.08.14

13.06       -0.2                                          Sydney                                                                   1              Sydney                   19.08.00

13.05       +1.0                                         House                                                                     1              Manchester            03.07.04

13.05       +1.6                                         Allen                                                                       -               Gold Coast            05.08.06

13.04       +0.8                                         Miller                                                                       1              Brisbane                 14.03.96

13.04       0.0                                           House                                                                     q              Grosseto                                13.07.04

13.03       +1.2                                         House                                                                     1              Canberra                                27.03.04

13.03       +0.2                                         Allen                                                                       1              Melbourne              19.02.06

13.02       +0.2                                         Miller                                                                       3              Papakura                                20.01.96

13.02                                                       House                                                                     1              Follonica                                07.07.04

13.01       +0.3                                         Allen                                                                       1              Brisbane                                 13.01.06

13.00                                                       Stratton                                                                   1              Melbourne              19.06.11

13.00       0.3                                           Clark                                                                       q              Nanjing                  22.08.14


27 jumps by nine athletes

Most jumps:           5 - Linda Allen/Leverton, 5 - Carmen Miller , 5 - Alysha House, 4 - Brooke Stratton

Youngest:               Alysha House 15years 133days – 13.03m 27 Marc 2004

First:                       Leanne Wickham 9 Feb 1996



David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image:  Collage of NSW athletes in Nanjing  (image courtesy of Getty Images, Nanjing2014 and Louise Hulley)


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