6 August 2017
Fab finalist – World Champs days 1 & 2 NSW Wrap
Four NSW athletes were in action on days one and two of the IAAF world championships being held in London this week. Fabrice Lapierre led to highlights as a finalist in the men’s long jump.
Westfield Athletics Club’s 33-year-old, Fabrice Lapierre made his third consecutive global final in the long jump, placed 11th this morning in London. In has not been the best year for ‘Fab’ who is still in his 11th consecutive year at jumping eight metres. He leapt 7.91m in the qualifying round, before going 7.93m in the final.
With two major titles to his credit, World Indoors and a Commonwealth Games and two silvers at the world championships and World Indoor championships, Lapierre remains one of our finest long jumpers in Australian history.
Also in the twilight of her career, Eloise Wellings (SUT), overcame an injury marred six months to clock 32:26.31 for 22nd place in the women’s 10,000m. Team mate and in just her third 10,000m Madeline Hills (KEJ) clocked 32:48.57 to place 26th.
“It is always hard when the first kilometre is as slow as 3:30 because when they start to run fast you have to take it on,” Wellings told Athletics Australia’s Cody Lynch. “If you go to the front you could need to be there for what’s 20 or 21 laps and then you’re a sitting duck as the chase starts.
“That was the best I could do today. The last six weeks of training have been good, but it would have been nice to have another month or two to ready myself. I am happy to be lining up, competing, though.”
Wellings campaign is not finished for 2017, as she will compete in the 5000m on Friday morning. Her goal there?
“I would love to make the final. Despite the training I have been able to do, the final remains the goal and if I could do that I would be stoked. Once you’re there, anything can happen, you just must be prepared to hurt live you never have before.
“I know that when I stand on the start line I have confident in my ability to feel pain and embrace it when it counts. That’s what I’ll be doing in the 5000m.”
Hopes were high for Steven Solomon (RBH), returning to the venue of his great achievement, as finalist at the London Olympics. He had looked solid in the leadup running 45.19 in June in Stanford over 400m. But here it didn’t go to plan. In London last night, he offered a gutsy run where he put himself in the best possible position to qualify for the next round at the 300m mark; but he ran out of gas as maybe limited racing caught up with him. He placed 7th in his heat clocking 46.27.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletic NSW
Image: Fabrice Lapierre (Image courtesy of Getty Images)