26 August 2014
Tay triples to silver
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.
Clark’s triple jump qualifying round
jump of 13.00m moved her up to fourth ranked athlete going into the final on
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 –
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
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
House 15years 133days – 13.03m 27 Marc 2004
Wickham 9 Feb 1996
Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Collage of NSW athletes in Nanjing (image courtesy of Getty Images, Nanjing2014
and Louise Hulley)