Latest Athletics News (Week 3 February 2018)

Australian Athletics reach new heights

It was a new day for Australian Athletics this Sunday as 17-year old Riley Day won both the 100m and 200m national title. Her double sees her facing the best runners from the Caribbean at the Commonwealth Games. She made a personal record when she completed the 200m race in 22.93s, which was the third fastest by any Australian woman under the age of 21,only behind Raelene Boyle and Jenny Lamy who made their records way back in the 1968 Olympics.

Day was elated and said that she couldn’t ask for anymore more after what she had achieved. She added that there was no way she foresaw all this glory,also expressing her fortitude to all those people who helped her along the way. As she achieved her feat running against a headwind(-1.7m), she felt confident that she could do better in ensuring further time drops,adding that she didn’t really throw caution to the wind. She signed off by claiming that 200m is her strong point and that she’s really enjoying both formats.

Brit Lizzy Yarnold wins Winter Olympic Glory

With a nerve-wracking finale,Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold won her women’s skeleton title back on Saturday. Yarnold seemed overwhelmed and exhausted while talking to reporters. She confirmed that she was suffering from chest infection and wasn’t sure whether she’d be able to finish her race. She confessed that she was had problems in breathing and that she had reached there only with the help of her team.Her phenomenal final run came after an error-forced slide from Janine Flock of Austria,who slipped to fourth from a leading position,missing out on the podium by 0.02 seconds.

With teammate Laura Deas winning bronze,the duo ensured that Great Britain won two medals in one winter sport event,something that Yarnold had already dreamt about. She also added that while Deas was one of her fiercest rivals,they were great friends too and she feels lucky to have shared with wonderful moment with her competitor. It surely was a proud day for Great Britain at the Winter Olympics 2018.

 

Kenya’s Simadar makes her Winter Olympics Debut

Skier Sabrina Wanjiku Simader of Kenya put up a strong display on Saturday,losing Gold by just five seconds. She clocked 1:26:25 in the Super Giant Slalom(Super G) category. She fought in artificial, snow-capped,hard packed testing slopes of Pyeongchang. She ended 38th from an initial rank of 41st. Favourite Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic won the 2 kilometre long Jeongsen course,claiming Gold at an impressive 1:21:11.Austrian Anna Veith,who was the defending champion lost Gold by one-hundredth of a second and Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather won bronze, finishing 0.11 seconds behind Ledecka.A capacity crowd of 4000 witnessed this tight contest.

Sabrina was the African Nation’s lone participant in the Winter Olympics and she did put up a hustling fight on her debut. Kenyan President Paul Tergat was in the crowd cheering the 19-year old,along with Kenya’s Korean Ambassador Mohammed Gello and Rwanda’s Korean Ambassador Emma Isumbingaboo.