Sprint double for Lewis in Brisbane
John Salvado |
Rising teenage star Torrie Lewis has defied wet conditions to complete an impressive women’s sprint double at the Brisbane Track Classic.
After edging Bree Masters to win the 100m in 11.37 seconds, the 17-year-old Lewis saved the best for last, equalling her personal best to also claim the 200m in 23.18.
“I just feel really good; I feel in really good condition,” said Lewis.
“I know I’m strong enough for the back end (of the 200m) so the thing to improve was the first 50 and I definitely did that.”
Lewsi will now turn her attention to the world junior championships in Cali, Colombia in August.
“I definitely want to make the final in both events and, depending on how I am with my form, hopefully be in medal contention,” she said.
Jake Doran backed up his impressive win last weekend at the national championships to win the men’s 100m in 10.28, ahead of big New Zealander Eddie Osei-Nketia (10.30) and Jacob Despard (10.41).
“Last year I was last in this race and last in the national final, so to completely turn it around is amazing,” said Doran.
“This one was really special, maybe more so than last week.
“”I’ve got my grandparents, great uncles and aunties here and this is my state.
“To have people turn up in the rain is really special.”
Doran went close to completing his own sprint double as he claimed second spot in the 200m behind the fast-finishing Aidan Murphy.
One of the stand-out performances of Saturday’s meet came from Tokyo Olympics finalist Mackenzie Little, who smashed her PB in the final round of the women’s javelin to win with 62.79m.
“I’m really excited with how I competed today despite the conditions; I couldn’t be happier,” said the 25-year-old Little.
“I want to be there at all the major finals and I want to be throwing like I did today.”
Liz Clay extended her three-year unbeaten run on home soil by winning the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.02.
In other athletics news on Saturday, Rio Olympics 20km walk bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith announced his retirement.
The 29-year-old qualified for last year’s Tokyo Olympics but withdrew for family reasons.
“I was fully committed to the Tokyo Games,” he said.
“Even with the entire athletics calendar falling to COVID, 2021 was the goal.
“However, life for my family took an amazing turn with the birth of our beautiful daughter Astrid and all the fantastic new challenges of being a dad.
“I had hoped I could ride out a period of time just training at home but instead I’ve made the return to work out of necessity and I look forward to my new career path.”AAP