undoubted highlight on day two was the quick sprinting by teenager Josh Clarke (UTN) as he clocked a stunning
10.36 in the heat, before going on to run a wind assisted 10.20 in the final.
his campaign in the 100 metre heats. It was a slow start with initially a
uniform issue with a competitor, then a disqualification of visiting Tasmanian
sprinter Jesse Usoalii for a false
start. Then when they were about to go, a medal ceremony caused a further
delay. It only seems to build the
anticipation for the race and Josh Clarke didn’t disappoint, pushing all the
way to a win in 10.36 (wind 0.5) to revise his personal best of 10.51, set way
back in 2011.
really good although there was a bit of a holdup,” said Clarke referring to the
“I got a
good start, third time round.”
dashed away to prepare for the final he commented:
“I was happy
but I’ve been running pretty quick at training I’ve just struggled to put it
down on race day.”
minutes later he was back on track and this time the race was away cleanly as
he struck a rare strong tail wind on the day of 3.3m/s, as he stopped the clock
at 10.21, later corrected to 10.20.
It was the
fastest time ever by an Australian junior in history in all wind conditions.
better in warm up the second time round. Just getting the heat run out of the
way helped,” confirmed Clarke.
was a lot better in the final. I got a little off balance towards the end, but
it was alright and it worked out well.”
last few years since his previously best in 2011, he has endured a few niggling
injuries and his coaching team, led by Nancy
Atterton have guided him cautiously.
“It has been
along time coming, my last pb was at the end of 2011 but I think I’ve had this
sort of run in me for a while it has just never eventuated, something has
happened or I have not been able to execute the race how I wanted.”
heat time of 10.36, moved him the fastest Australian junior ever, behind
Shirvington’s national junior record of 10.29 and Paul Narracott’s 10.35.
Interestingly Narracott, a Canberra dentist, went on become Australia’s first
ever summer and winter Olympian.
AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR ALL TIME LIST – 100m
10.29 Matt SHIRVINGTON N Sydney 11.10.97
10.35 Paul NARRACOTT Q Edmonton 06.08.78
10.36 Joshua CLARKE N Sydney 08.02.14
10.36 Aaron ROUGE-SERRETT V Brisbane 10.03.07
10.37 Jarrod GEDDES N Sydney 09.03.13
10.39 Adam MILLER Q Canberra 15.03.03
10.42 Mitchell WILLIAMS-SWAIN Q Hobart 26.11.11
10.43 Hugh DONOVAN Q Karlsruhe 30.06.12
10.46 Damien MARSH Q Plovdiv 09.08.90
AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR ALL TIME LIST – 100m wind
10.20 +3.3 Joshua CLARKE N Sydney 08.02.14
10.31 +7.6 Paul NARRACOTT Q Edmonton 07.08.78
10.34 +4.0 Gerard KEATING V Sydney 14.12.80
10.35 +2.7 Fred MARTIN N Canberra 30.03.85
10.35 +5.0 David BAXTER V Narrabeen 04.08.96
10.36 +3.8 Ray WILLIAMS W Perth 24.01.09
10.36 +5.6 Jarrod GEDDES N Wollongong 05.11.11
from here for Clarke?
be the Australian juniors and try and qualify for the world junior team. I’ll
probably do open states where I’ll get three good runs, then I’ll probably call
it quits there and start building for world juniors because at this point that has been the focus for two years.”
“It has all
come pretty quick and I haven’t really had time to think about it. I never
thought I’d go THAT quick. I will see how we go, but world juniors has always
been the priority.”
confirmed by his coach, Nancy Atterton.
it is not best to go through to nationals. With him doing the HSC last year he
is underdone. Since the HSC we have been playing catchup and we know he is
moving brilliantly but he won’t run the 200m tomorrow. I don’t want to hurt
him, his body isn’t strong enough to take it.
term for Clarke?
“In an ideal
world I’d like to break 10 seconds and make finals at Olympics, Com Games and
world champs, what every athlete really aspires too. However it is more of a
reality after a performance like that today. But I need to keep working hard on
a day-by-day basis and keep working on the little things. I can’t get too
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for
Image Josh Clarke in the 100m (image
courtesy of David Tarbotton)