Inside Athletics

Parnov, 4x100m may add to four medal tally at World Juniors

Australia’s team at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona are on the brink of recording one of the nation’s highest ever medal tallies at the event.

Medals to Nicholas Hough (silver; 110m H), Jake Stein (silver; decathlon), Damien Birkinhead (bronze; shot put) and Steven Solomon (bronze; 400m) has the team recording it’s highest medal haul since 2000, and stacks up favourably against Australia’s historic success at the championships.

1996 10
1990 6
2000 5
1992 4
2012 4*
With Olympian-to-be Liz Parnov ranked second in the world this year among juniors behind defending champion Angelica Bengtsson from Sweden, there is a strong likelihood of the medal tally growing. More optimistically and less expectedly, a new Australian record by the men’s 4x100m relay team has them through to what is expected to be a closely run final.

Despite being the seventh fastest qualified team for the final, the quartet of Ben Jaworski, Hugh Donovan, Nicholas Hough and Matthew Bertacco are only 0.33 seconds slower than the fastest qualifier thanks to their run of 39.34 seconds. The performance slashed close to three-tenths of a second of the previous national record set by David Baxter, Paul Di Bella, Paul Pearce and Peter Missingham in their bronze medal performance at the 1996 World Juniors in Sydney.

A full wrap of the championships will be published following its conclusion.