MUAC athletes on top in Townsville

2019 Oceania Athletics Championships

Rapid Wrap

Day 3

Catriona Bisset continued her storming 2019 with an emphatic win in the 800m, running 2:02.16.

Katrina Anderson took fifth place in 2:06.34

Jamieson Battistella took gold in the U20 heptathlon with a score of 4935 points, just 15 in front of Chantelle Chippinda.  Battistella needed a big 800m performance to claim victory, starting the final event 100 points down.

Stella Radford has claimed the bronze medal in the 3000m steeplechase in 10:16.50, behind Paige Campbell and Georgia Winkcup.

Day 2

Sarah Billings claimed the bronze in the 1500m in 4:16.41, just outside her PB, behind Australians Georgia Griffith and Bernadette Williams.

Jasper Sheehan found himself just out of the medals in the U20 400m, running 51.91 for 4th place.

Jamieson Battistella leads the U20 heptathlon at the end of day 1 with 2925 points.

Joel Baden cleared 2.14m for 3rd place in the high jump.

Day 1

Jemima Montag took gold and garnered some valuable IAAF Rankings points in the 10000m walk.

The conditions for the women’s walk were warm and windy, less than ideal, but that didn’t stop Commonwealth Games champion, Jemima Montag setting a PB of 43:50.84, to take the 10,000m track walk title.

“I think it was a sneaky PB but only by a about a quarter of a second,“ said Montag who would later realise it was a nine second PB.

“Each race has a different focus, and today was more about winning to get the most points as possible on the IAAF Walks Challenge. I think I was about ninth on the rankings and hopefully this will boost me up to about fourth.”
The performance in the warm conditions also confirmed that Montag’s training preparation for upcoming races in hot conditions at the World University Games (Naples) and World Championships (Doha), were on the right track.

“At the VIS I have been using the hyperbaric chamber about twice a week. It is generally cranked up to about 36-37 degrees with about 60% humidity.”

Second in the walk was teenager Katie Hayward who has enjoyed a breakthrough year, jumping to number three Australian all time in the 20km walk. In Townsville she clocked 45:35.81, with Claire Woods third in 47:16.28.

Jamieson Battistella kicked off her championships with a silver in the high jump, leaping 1.74m, not far off her personal best of 1.78m. She’ll be back competing in the heptathlon on Day 2.

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2019 Oceania Area Championships