As I write this post I can barely contain my excitement as we have been privy once again to exceptional talent on the track. Let's get started on the penultimate day for the Australian Athletics Championships.
Firstly we had the famous 100m Opens final event where our boys grit their teeth so hard, that it makes you wonder why track and field doesn't have a mouth guard.
One of the most exhilarating performances tonight was in the Open Women's 100m. I talked about Naa Anang last night and her ability to perform any task, including putting together her incredible hair. It seems she can not only perform any task, but do so at a breathtaking, heart stopping level. Naa was unstoppable in her event, running a time of 11.45seconds in semis, and then 11.32 seconds in the final to win the gold medal. Naa is an absolute champion and if I had it my way, her legacy will be immortalised for decades to come. In fact, I need to make a few calls today. All I have to say is good grief and what a show Naa!
In the U18 4X100m relay Elysee Mcniven put on a show once again. Elysee ran the second leg, the spirit of the QUT Tigers completely possessing her as she received the baton, and travelled with furious intent, barreling towards the third leg runner. The QLD team ultimately came third with a time of 46.90 seconds. This relay was absolutely nail biting as the times were all so close with the first and second teams running 46.40 and 46.83 respectively.
In the Open Men's Triple Jump we were privy to a performance that can only be described as absolutely intoxicating. It set the hearts of the grandstand audience alight. Shemaiah James took to the Triple Jump to the absolute delight of his many fans! Hands were sore from clapping, let me tell you. Shemaiah is another individual who has amazing hair, which somehow perfectly stays in place, regardless of how much force he exerts. Shemaiah jumped a gargantuan distance of 15.44m to come fourth in the Triple Jump Final. Shemaiah you are unstoppable, and congratulations on your placing.
Furthermore, we also had Aliyah Johnson participate in the Women's Open Triple Jump Final. Aliyah knew that the day of reckoning had arrived, and that it was time to show the world the true mettle and heart of a Tiger in unfamiliar country (maybe Sydney is not that unfamiliar). Aliyah channeled her last vestiges of power into a jump so powerful, that I'm surprised a crack in time did not immediately form. Aliyah jumped a truly impressive distance of 13.19m to win the silver medal. Aliyah, you truly deserve that medallion and congratulations on a heck of a performance. Onwards to the future.
In the Men's Open High Jump our star Lachlan Caldwell defied the laws of physics and nature with his supreme jumps. It's almost as if this man has rocket boosters attached to him, propelling him over the bar. That isn't the case his coach has confirmed, as this man is all natural. Lachie jumped a brilliant 2.10m to come 9th overall in the High Jump. The bar thought it could take Lachie out of the game but it was dead wrong. Congratulations on such a great performance Lachie!
Further mention should be made to Landon Courtney who performed in the Men's U17 Triple Jump. You've had some great performances this season Landon and this "track" record is set to continue. Bravo.