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1Caldow cool over sprint success Empty Caldow cool over sprint success on Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:51 pm



Caldow cool over sprint success

by: Reece Homfray
From:The Advertiser
December 31, 2011

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SA sprinter Jordan Caldow, regarded as one of the state's most promising athletes.

HE'S the happy-go-lucky teenage sprinter, who had to be convinced to start training at the age of 15.

Three years later, Jordan Caldow is one of the most exciting young athletes in the nation.

The son of a Jamaican father and Australian mother this week became just the fourth to win consecutive Bay Sheffield titles.

His coach at Grange Surf Life Saving Club, Peter Burdett, says he's "far and away" the best athlete of whom he has been in charge.

Despite his enormous potential, however, you will not hear either of them making brash predictions on the future. "He doesn't want to put pressure on himself by making big statements," Burdett said.

"He's quite emotional and thinks about things. At 18, he's still one of the kids in the group." The Grange squad produced the under-20 and junior Bay Sheffield winners.

Burdett said Caldow was quite small when he started at 15, but soon went "bang" and has kept growing every year.

In his first season, Caldow won the under-17 and open beach sprint state titles. Next year, he turned those into national crowns.

In 2010, he ran on a tartan athletics track for the first time and last month won the open 100m in 10.86 seconds and 200m in 22.30 - into a headwind - at the Adelaide Invitational at Santos Stadium.

Next year's goals are to qualify for the junior world championships by clocking 10.6 over 100m and defending his beach sprint titles.

"He hates losing," Burdett said. "We thought he had a chance to get through his (Bay Sheff) heat. When he made the final, I said `you can get this'. He just doesn't panic in a race."

Caldow is in Tasmania for tomorrow's Burnie Gift. And Burdett has not ruled out Stawell at Easter.

2Caldow cool over sprint success Empty Re: Caldow cool over sprint success on Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:00 pm



Rising star tries luck in Burnie

The Examiner
01 Jan, 2012

BURNIE patrons will have the chance to see some of the best talent in Australian athletics on show in today's men's and women's gifts and none more so than 18-year-old rising star Jordan Caldow.

The quiet and unassuming South Australian announced his arrival on the national scene with a second consecutive victory in the prestigious Bay Sheffield Gift in Adelaide on Wednesday night.

He is one of only four runners to achieve the feat in the 125-year history of the event.

Caldow has also won a Stalwell Gift Winner's Gift.

He will try his hand at winning his first Burnie Gift today in an attempt to add another of the country's top footrace titles to his rapidly growing credentials.

''To win a second Bay Sheffield was pretty unbelievable really,'' he said.

''I didn't expect to push through and get it like I did - I didn't even expect to make the finals.

''It was great really - can't really explain it, it was the best feeling ever.''

Caldow said his second Bay Sheffield win from a mark of 3.75 metres probably ranked higher than his first in 2010 off 6.75m because not many expected him to be able to back up from his inaugural win.

''Last year a lot of people told me I should win,'' he said.

''This year there were a lot of people telling me I shouldn't win - I do like proving people wrong.

''I didn't think I would do that well because I was three metres back from last year - to make that up and win - I'm stoked.''

Caldow said his form had ''been on and off'' but accepted he was in good form now despite suffering some hamstring soreness after Bay Sheffield, which saw him pull out of Thursday night's Devonport Gift.

''I ran through it at the Bay so I will be able to run through it at Burnie,'' he said.

The Brighton Secondary year 12 graduate has been running since he was 10 and seriously for the past four.

Coached by Peter Burdett, Caldow faces a star-studded field in the Burnie Gift including multiple national 100m champion Joshua Ross, 2010 Stalwell Gift winner Tom Burbridge, 2010 Australian and Victorian sprinter of the year Matt Hargreaves and his Queanbeyan Gift-winning brother Chris, 2009 Stalwell winner Aaron Stubbs, 2006 winner Adrian Mott and the past two Burnie Gift winners Oliver Wurm and Robbie James.

''I have only competed in South Australia but started to do interstate stuff last year at Stalwell in the gift winner's gift,'' Caldow said.

''This is a whole other experience for me.

''I don't know about my chances at Burnie because I've been told my handicap is going back and don't know where I'm running from.''

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