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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Abbey de la Motte stars in Tassie All Schools

Abbey de la Motte stars in Tassie All Schools

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1 Abbey de la Motte stars in Tassie All Schools on Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:37 am



Four wins to pocket rocket

Hobart Mercury
October 24, 2011

SHE may be petite but Abbey de la Motte has some serious strength and an even bigger future, after starring at the Tasmanian All Schools Athletics event in Hobart at the weekend.

The 17-year-old Launceston runner began the championships on Saturday with wins over 100m and 400m, clocking the second-fastest 100m time by a Tasmanian this year of 12.43secs.

She backed up yesterday to set lifetime bests in winning the 200m in 25.00secs and the 800m in 2:16.74.

After being disqualified in the Youth Commonwealth Games last month in the UK, where she was running the 400m, de la Motte is poised to be a standout athlete this coming season.

National under-14 sprint champion Russel Taib was also getting amongst the personal bests, coming within a click of the camera button of the state 100m record for his age. Taib breasted the tape in 11.75secs and will no doubt edge closer to the 11.70 standard this season.

He was also victorious in the 400m, setting a new best of 55.35.

Clarence student Matthew Hosie continued his success in the field, with a 39.55m win in the javelin before winning the high jump with 1.65m in a count-back with Jack Hale.

Another count-back was required to split a tight contest in the under-16 boys' high jump, with Tim Coad just getting the nod over Mitch Walker, after both sailed over 1.75m.

Training partners Hugh Nicklason and Biniyam Hagos continued their friendly rivalry in a sprint finish in the under-16 800m. Both came agonisingly close to the highly sought-after two-minute barrier, with Nicklason getting the advantage at 2:00.31, to Hagos's 2:00.76.

Athletes of the meet were awarded to TIS athletes Danni McConnell (hammer) and Jake Birtwhistle (1500m) after their fine performances on Day 1.

Sandy Bay evergreen Geoff Gibbons capped an impressive return to decathlon, breaking the 35-and-over Australian masters record. The 10-event competition was held in conjunction with the All Schools over two days.

Gibbons obliterated the existing mark by some 800 points so much so that he had already set a new record by 200 points prior to starting the final event over 1500m.

Eastern Suburbs athlete Matt Brooks came second, while OVA's Jayden Hey surprised no one in making an impressive debut in the under-20 men's.

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