Two medals and ten Club Records for Collingwood athletes have highlighted the first half of the Championship week in Sydney.
“Promising” junior Wolfgang Cotra Nemesi has grabbed two medals in a brilliant three days of middle distance running.
His first outing onto the track saw Wolfie lead ‘aaalllllll’ the way, running the opposition off their feet to record an impressive win in the under 15 1500 metres.
His time of 4:15.67 sliced some seconds off his own Club under 14 record…….Yes! Wolfgang is yet to turn 14!
Two days later he again broke another of his under 14 records when running in the under 15 800 metres. Wolfgang knocked a couple of tenths off his best in recording 2:03.43.
In a very ‘competitive’ final Wolfie grabbed a bronze medal in the great time of 2:01.80 – thus obliterating his heat time!
Another of under 14 boys was also on show early in week, when Marcus Wakim competed in the 3000 metres Walk. He finished a very creditable fourth place but his time was terrific. Marcus walked 15:22.38, knocking 27 seconds off the Club Record he set in the Vic Titles a couple of weeks ago. The original record had stood since 1978 – Marcus has really seen that mark off to the history pages!
Top thrower, Isabella Simonella has continued her great form from the summer season. She started her program with a sixth place in the under 20 discus. Her 45.49m toss was not far off her (u/20 & Open) Club Records.
Thursday saw Issy compete in both the under 20 and Open hammer throws. Her throw of 47.07m in the 20s saw a new Club Record for the age group. Obviously this was just a warm up for her second appearance later in the day when Isabella was able to turf the implement a little further with a terrific 48.39m., again a new under 20 record. This was done gaining tenth place in the Open division of the hammer thus qualifying for the final later in the week.
Chiara Santiglia was our last competitor for the day with a second in the heat of the under 17 100 metres (12.44) followed a couple of hours later with a quicker 12.30 in the final. Unfortunately this was only worth fourth place. From what we hear the weather was pretty ordinary with wind and rain on show. However her time in the final was good enough to equal the Club Records in under 16/18/20 and Open age groups set in 1977 by Lisa Whitlock. Chiara has had a great season! The weather probably cost her a Club record in the recent Vic Titles and one could say that justice has finally been done, albeit against the odds!
Details of the week’s program can be found on the Athletics Australia website.