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Dubler Delivers Deca Silver

Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Cody Lynch

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Queenslander Cedric Dubler has won silver in the decathlon at the World Junior Championships, with a stunning string of personal bests to win Australia’s first medal of the competition.

The 19 year-old shattered the Australian junior record by 143 points, scoring 8094 points to become the first Australian junior to score over the magical 8000 mark. The national junior champion, coached by Eric Brown, set lifetime bests in seven of the ten events, and it was a dream come true.

“It was an amazing weekend. It’s been something I’ve been dreaming of for a long time. To come here and compete with the best in the world, and get a great score is something I am proud of."

“Jake Stein, who I took the record off, is a great competitor, he was second here two years ago, and hopefully we can push each other to big scores in the future.”

Czech Jiri Sykora won the event with a championships record of 8135 points. The Australian took a lead of 88 points into the second day, thanks to personal bests in the 100m, long jump and 400m. 

Dubler began the second day with a lifetime best of 14.08s (-0.5) in the 110m hurdles. Further bests in the pole vault with 4.80m, and the javelin (53.63m) followed. He traded leads with Jiri Sykora from Czech Republic throughout the day, with Sykora leading into the final event by a mere 55 points.

In the 1500m, the Queenslander knocked more than five seconds off his previous mark running 4.39.51s, but it was not enough to take victory over the Czech. The Australian was keen to rest up after his efforts.

"I’m looking for a break from the track first, before coming out next year an taking on the senior boys.” said Dubler.

In the 5000m, Courtney Powell (Vic) placed seventh with 15.56.00s, the best ever performance by an Australian in that event and the Victorian was pleased with her effort.

"I felt good during the race and it started to hurt towards the end. To get here healthy and uninjured is an achievement in itself. To run well is a real bonus.” said Powell

In the 800m, Georgia Griffith (Vic) and Georgia Wassall (NSW) both progressed through to tomorrow’s final. Griffth ran a new personal best of 2.04.00 in the first semi-final, while Wassall’s ran 2.04.84 in a slower and more tactical second semi. Cuban Sahily Diago, with a personal best 1.57.74s, remains the favourite.

Wassall, the fourth fastest entrant in the final is looking forward to the challenge. 

“I am really excited to make the final. I am going to give it my best and hopefully that will give me a good result” said Wassall.

Competition continues tomorrow with two-time World Youth medallist Matt Denny making his first appearance at the championships, in the men’s hammer qualifying.

More information

·       Session reports of Day 2

Aussies in action

Morning session commences at 3.00 am AEST  Friday 25 July

·       Men’s Hammer throw qualifying - Matthew Denny (Qld), Costa Kousparis (NSW)

·       Men’s Pole vault - Jack Hicking (NSW), Kurtis Marschall (SA)

·       Men’s 400m hurdles semis - Bryce Collins (NSW)

·       Women’s discus throw qualifying - Filoi Aokuso (NSW), Kirsty Williams (Qld)

·       Men’s 200m heats - James Kermond (NSW), Ryan Bedford (Qld)

·       Women’s 400m hurdles heats - Ella Solin (WA)

·       Women’s 200m - Maddie Coates (Vic)

·       Women’s 3000m steeplechase - Stella Radford (Vic), Kate Spencer (NSW)

Afternoon session commences at 11.00 am Friday 25 July

·       Women’s Pole vault - Nina Kennedy (WA) and Emma Phillipe (WA) 

·       Women’s 400m semis - Emily Lawson (Vic)

·       Women’s 800m final - Georgia Wassall (NSW), Georgia Griffith (Vic)

·       Women’s 3000m - Jessica Hull (NSW)

·       Men’s 1500m - Zak Patterson (Vic)

·       Men’s 200m semi-finals - James Kermond (NSW), Ryan Bedford (Qld)

 Pat Birgan for the Australian Spark

For more information please contact Pat Birgan, the Australian Spark Media Officer at the IAAF World Junior Championships

e: patbirgan@gmail.com
+1 (541) 513 7721


 


Day 2 - Afternoon Session

Queenslander Cedric Dubler has won silver in the decathlon at the World Junior Championships, with a stunning string of personal bests to win Australia’s first medal of the competition.

The 19 year-old shattered the Australian junior record by 143 points, scoring 8094 points to become the first Australian junior to score over the magical 8000 mark. The national junior champion, coached by Eric Brown, set lifetime bests in seven of the ten events.

"It’s been something I’ve been dreaming of for a long time. To come here and compete with the best in the world, and get a great score is something I am proud of. It was an amazing weekend."

“Jake Stein, who I took the record off, is a great competitor, he was second here two years ago, and hopefully we can push each other to big scores in the future.” said Dubler who was fourth two years ago.

Dubler continued the second day in the same way he finished the first, with a lifetime best in the 110m hurdles of 14.08s (wind -0.5), that further strengthened his overnight lead.

The rain came down hard for the discus, the worst conditions of the day, and most of the throws were sub-par, including Dubler's, who threw of 38.25m, well down on his best. Jiri Sykora (Czech Republic) threw 48.55m to take the lead from the Australian by 69 points.

Dubler regained the lead after a strong pole vault, in another lifetime best of 4.80m, while Sykora vaulted 4.40m.

The Australian’s best javelin throw of 53.63m was another personal best, but Sykora launched 60.56m to go into the 1500m with a 55 point lead.

Dubler needed to beat the Czech by ten seconds in the 1500m, and despite running another lifetime best 4.39.51s, he finished just 2 seconds ahead. The Czech's total of 8135 points was a new championships record.

Dubler was clearly exhausted with his efforts, leaving nothing, well almost, on the track. 

"I’ve thrown up twice. Once at the end of the 1500m and once again in the victory lap."

David Thomson (Vic) opened his second day of the decathlon with 15.84s in the 110m hurdles, which was just outside his best ever time. Anticipating strong performances in his best three events, the Victorian was not satisfied with his efforts of 40.99m, 4.50m, and 52.72m.

"My middle three events which I enjoy most, were pretty awful. My warm-ups were all good, but I couldn’t put it together in the comp.” said Thomson.

"I was vaulting well, but sometimes things go wrong. Stopping in the middle of one of the runs wasn’t a great idea either.”

Thomson ran 5.40.06 in the 1500m to bring his points total to 7025 to place 25th.

In the 5000m, Courtney Powell (Vic) placed seventh with 15.56.00s, the best ever performance by an Australian in that event. The Victorian was pleased with her effort.

"I'm really happy. My coach said to take the start comfortably and then move through. I felt good during the race and it started to hurt towards the end. To get here healthy and uninjured is an achievement in itself. To run well is a real bonus.” said Powell.

Teammate Kate Spencer (NSW) placed 11th with 16.18.18s.

In the heptathlon, Casi Simmons (Qld) finished in 14th place with a lifetime best of 5469 points. The Queenslander, coached by Peter and Sharon Hannon, set four individual lifetime bests including today’s 800m where she ran 2.29.66s.

"It's pretty surreal right now. PB's in 4 individual events and an overall heptathlon personal best. It's been an absolutely amazing experience”

“I need to have a bit of a break because my body has had it. I am going home to train harder for the 800m"

Ivor Metcalf (NSW) and Matt De Bruin were 6th and 7th in their respective semi-finals of the men’s 110m hurdles running times of 13.94 (-1.6) and 13.99 (-0.3).

Josh Clarke (NSW) placed 4th in his 100m semi in 10.79 (-1.6) and was not enough to progress to the final.

In the men’s 400m semi-finals, Sam Reiser (Vic) ran a storming home straight to finish in 47.02s just 0.08 seconds outside of his personal best, but it wasn't enough to progress through to the final. Josh Robinson (Qld) ran 47.72s and also failed to advance. Both men return in the 4 x 400m later in the program.

High jumper Joel Baden jumped 2.14m to qualify for Saturday’s (AEST) final. The Victorian, coached by Sandro Bisetto, had a clean slate from his opening height of 2.05m, through 2.10m and then 2.14m and was confident heading into the final.

"This is what I have been training for all season and I feel like I can do a personal best in the final” said Baden.


Flash Quotes
Ivor Metcalf
"I clipped one of the barriers, but hopefully it didn’t slow me down too much"

"I was happy with my start."

Matt De Bruin
“I was really disappointed.”

"I didn’t have a good start. I didn’t feel as great as yesterday, I don’t know why. Warm-up felt the same"

"I wanted it to rain. It’s been raining for the last five months. I was happy enough for it to rain."

"I enjoyed World Juniors very much."

Josh Robinson
"I ran the race better tactically than the heat, but I just ran out of legs. My plan was to go out hard and I did.”

"I’m going home now and I’m going to train my butt off. I’m hungrier than ever. "

"Semi-finals of World Juniors is still pretty good.”

Sam Reiser
"I wanted to get out hard. I felt I got out well. 100m to go everything goes out of your mind. I was hoping to get a PB. "

"Stoked to get this far, but thinking ahead I want to push for a spot in the senior team.”

Joel Baden
"I'm very happy. My technique wasn't perfect, but it got me over the bar and into the finals which was my aim.”

"This is what I have been training for all season and I feel like I can do a personal best in the final”

Josh Clarke
“That’s not what I wanted from these champs, but it’s important how I respond and come back from that."

"My reaction was pretty good. I panicked a littler though when the American came up on me."

"Relay is first, but then I’ll go home and get bigger, stronger and go faster."

Kate Spencer

"I was trying to stick with the girls in front of me, but they started to pull away”

"I haven’t been feeling 100% lately."

"The experience of world juniors has been good. I hope I recover well from this for my steeple tomorrow.”


Day 2 - Morning Session 

Decathlete Cedric Dubler (Qld), set another personal best, as two Australians progressed to the final of the women’s 800m, to provide the highlight of the morning session on Day 2 of the World Junior Championships, in Eugene, Oregon.

Dubler continued the second day of the men’s decathlon in the same way he finished the first, with a lifetime best in the 110m hurdles of 14.08s (wind -0.5), that further strengthened his lead.

Then the rain came down hard for the discus and most of the throws were sub-par, including Dubler’s, who threw of 38.25m, well down on his best. Jiri Sykora (Czech Republic) threw a whopping 48.55m to take the lead from the eAustralian by 69 points.

David Thomson (Vic) threw 40.99m in the discus and earlier in the morning, the Victorian had run 15.84s in the 110m hurdles, which was just outside his best ever time.

In the women’s 800m, Georgia Griffith (Vic) and Georgia Wassall (NSW) both progressed through to the women’s 800m final. Griffth ran a new personal best of 2.04.00 in the first semi-final, while Wassall’s ran 2.04.84 in a slower and more tactical second semi.

Tayla-Paige Billington (Vic) chopped a huge 30 seconds off her personal best in the women’s 10000m walk. 48.40.01 to place 18th. The race was won Anezka Drahotova from Czech Republic in a new world junior record of 42.47.25, the first new global standard of the championships. Jasmine Dighton (NSW) was disqualified.

The rain didn’t seem to bother Casi Simmons (Qld) in the hepathlon women's long jump with a solid jump of 5.66m (-0.7) just 10cm below her best. The Queenslander is placed ninth going into the javelin.

Emily Lawson (Vic) made it through to the semi-finals as one of the fastest non-automatic qualifiers in a time of 54.83s.

Bryce Collins (NSW) placed third in his heat in 52.40s, before being promoted to second, thanks to a trailing leg infringement by Guozhong Wang (China). His time would have been good enough, nevertheless, to progress to tomorrow's semi-finals.

Flash Quotes
Tayla-Paige Billington
“That’s a 30 second personal best. All the hard work has paid off. It was tough out there, I'm not going to lie”

"It’s my first worlds. I’ll have another two years before I can come back to compete with the best again.”

“I did a 40 second PB through 5k, so I was stoked about that”

Bryce Collins
"I couldn’t be happier. It was a bumpy road coming in here. Races haven’t been great. 52.40 in the rain is awesome.

"I went out pretty hard. Nerves got to me a bit. I felt a bit weird throughout the race, but I managed to hold it together.”

"I think I can handle the rain better than some other people.”

Emily Lawson
"That’s a relief, getting my first run out there. It’s a great atmosphere. The rain didn’t really phase me."

"I’ll go back, have an ice bath, and try to switch off until tomorrow night.”

Casi Simmons
“I was hoping for more in the long jump, but everyone jumped below their best.”

"I am used to the rain a bit. Everyone would prefer better conditions of course."

"I am excited for javelin. Hopefully I can get over 40m”

Georgia Griffith
“I felt good. It was tiring and very painful”

“I don’t like being bunched up.”

Georgia Wassall
"I came here to qualify for the final. It was very cat and mouse then. I think my experience helped.”

“Keeping your space and making sure you don’t get tripped is really important”

“I am really excited to make the final. I am gong to give it my best and hopefully that will give me a good result"

"Two Aussies in the final in the 800m at juniors is great. It’s going to be great with someone I know in the call room."
 
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