A number of athletes from the Oceania region travelled to Singapore to compete in the Track and Field competition of the Youth Olympics Games.
Australia and New Zealand had good sized teams whilst the Pacific Island nations took the opportunity to send mainly sprinters to give their developing athletes a taste of the ‘Olympics’. Countries represented were Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Nauru, Tuvalu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.
All athletes competing had the opportunity of either competing in the first round or qualifying round of their event then all progressed to a final with the ‘A’ final recognised as the medal final.
It will be interesting to track the progress of these gifted athletes over the next few years to watch their development and to see how they perform.
‘A’ Final results
Girls 100m Hurdles: Michelle Jenneke (AUS) 2nd 13.46 (PB)
Girls Pole Vault: Elizabeth Panov 2nd (AUS) 4.25m
Boys 110m Hurdles: Nicholas Hough (AUS) 1st 13.37 (PB)
Boys High Jump: Brandon Starc (AUS) 2nd 2.19m (PB)
Boys 100m: Lepani Naivalu (FIJ) 7th 10.79 (PB)
Girls 200m: Monica Brennan (AUS) 8th 24.83
Boys 10km Walk: Blake Steele (AUS) 11th 48:00.85
Boys Shot Put: Jackson Gill (NZL) 2nd 22.60m & Damian Birkenhead 4th 20.55m
Girls 1000m: Jenny Blundell (AUS) 5th 2:46.82
Boys 400m Hurdles: Raheen Williams (AUS) 6th 52.38 (PB)
Picture sourced from Athletics Australia's Website at http://www.athletics.com.au/news/news/2010/august/athletics_team_finish_on_a_hig