The first day is over at the Australian Open National Athletics Championships in Melbourne, Victoria and North Beach athletes have performed well for Western Australia.
Blues Club Champion 14yo Sian Glanney (above) finished with a PB in the Open 100m of 15.52sec which reduces her own (T22/F) 100m Australian record. Sian finished 11th in a field of 17 with an 83.67% of the world record. In the long jump Glanney did extremely well finishing 4th overall in a field of 8, with a best jump of 3.95m, 0.08m off her own U/20 Australian record.
19yo T36 speedster Andrew Bannister (above in blue) ran 15.00sec for the 100m, his fastest time in 2012. In the field of 18, he finished 14th with 81% of the world record. Bannister would have had to run 13.9sec to have made the final. In the 400m Andrew finished 14th out of 15, with a time of 1.11.26sec, a little off his PB.
Ben King (above) finished on strongly to place 5th in his heat of the Men’s Open 400m hurdles but unfortunately did not qualify for the final on Sunday.
Bannister and Glanney will compete next on Sunday, they both have the 200m and Andrew also has the 800m . They are both seeking a PB in the 200m and Andrew is hopeful of making the final.