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PROTRACK » GENERAL » 18 year old SA sprinter Margaret Gayen in 4x100m relay squad

18 year old SA sprinter Margaret Gayen in 4x100m relay squad

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Sprinter Margaret Gayen makes SA history as second woman to make 4x100m relay squad

bY John Stokes
Eastern Courier Messenger
May 07, 20138:45AM

Hazelwood Park sprinter Margaret Gayen came third in the 100m at the nationals last month.
Picture: Naomi Jellicoe Source: adelaidenow

THERE is an "MG" from Hazelwood Park with a powerful engine that performs well on the racetrack.

But this MG is not a classic car it is teenage sprint sensation Margaret Gayen.

Gayen, 18, ran third in the 100m at last month's national championships the second South Australian after Alicia Wrench-Doody to earn a podium place in the event in the past 20 years.

"It was my first open championships so I didn't know what to expect so it was a bit of a surprise," Gayen says.

"I knew I would be competitive to get in the final but a medal was just amazing."

The St Peter's Girls graduate, who is studying mechanical and sports engineering at Adelaide University, joined the national relay team at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last month.

"It was awesome because I was training with Sally Pearson and Melissa Breen who are both Olympians and just to get to know them and learn from them and train with them was really cool," she says.

Gayen left with the team this week for Asian Grand Prix meets in Thailand and Sri Lanka on May 8 and 12 where they hope to qualify for August's World Championships in Moscow.

Gayen, a Pembroke Athletics Club member, has travelled with Australian teams for the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011 and the World Junior Championships in 2012 and loves the vibe at the big events.

"It's really good because you get to know all the other athletes and you get a really good team atmosphere going," she says.

"Athletics may not be a team sport but it's still really social.

"To compete at that level is just something totally different to competing in Australia."

As well as sprinting, Gayen also competes in long jump and hurdles and is driven by Olympic ambitions, the thrill of competition and a quest to better herself.

"I just like to see myself improve," Gayen says.

"You've always got something to work towards because no matter how good your running or hurdling is there's always something you can improve."

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