12 August 2017
Jenneke into second Worlds semi-final – World Champs days 7 & 8
As the IAAF world championships in London near their conclusion, NSW’s best, Dani Stevens coasted in the discus final and Michelle Jenneke made her second consecutive 100m hurdles semi-final on day eight of action.
Commonwealth and world champion Dani Stevens (WES), progressed confidentially into the women’s discus final to be held on Sunday evening in London (4.10am Monday morning AEST). She required just one attempt to nail the automatic qualifying standard of 62.50m to ensure her eighth consecutive appearance in a global final. Her distance of 65.56m was bettered by her main opposition, Croatian double Olympic champion, Sandra Perkovic.
“It’s always the dream doing it on your first-round throw in qualifying. I’m stoked it was a decent throw as well, I was pretty nervous going in there. It’s great. Bring on the final,” Stevens told Cody Lynch of Athletics Australia.
She may not have had the best build up to the world championships, but Michelle Jenneke (SYU) has reverseed that form to make her second consecutive 100m hurdles semi-final. She placed sixth in her heat in an excellent time of 13.11, a mark she has only bettered twice this year. In the evening’s second round race, she was seventh in the semi-final two, running 13.25.
The three NSW athletes in the 5000m were competitive but in the end unable to progress to the final. Olympics steeplechase finalist Madeline Hills (KEJ), who at this championship is concentrating on flat running events, was the closest to progression with tenth in heat two in 15:13.77. The first eight had progressed. Three-time national 1500m champion, Heidi See (HIL), a relative new to comer to the 5000m, clocked a good time of 15:38.86 to finish 14th in heat two. In heat one, in her second event of the week, Eloise Wellings (SUT), was 15th with a time of 15:25.92.
It was a tough campaign for NSW’s three other athletes, Ryan Gregson (KEJ) and on debut - Lora Storey (RBH) and Nicola McDermott (MIN). Gregson fell just 0.18 seconds short of being the third Aussie to progress to the 1500m semi-finals. Two athletes who received very late call ups, Storey and McDermott were knocked out in the first rounds. National 800m champion, Storey placed 7th in her heat in 2:07.17, while in the high jump McDermott, was unable to clear her opening height of 1.80m.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletic NSW
Image: Michelle Jenneke racing defending world champion Danielle Williams (Image courtesy of Getty Images)