A Golden Moment for Keely Small at the Youth Olympics
In the early hours on Monday morning Canberra teenager Keely Small put on a dominating performance to win stage 2 of the girls 800m at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Bueno Aires and subsequently securing the gold medal for Australia with a run of 2.04.76.
The Weston Creek athlete, who went into the event with the second fastest for an U18 girl in 2018 of 2.00.81 looked a red hot favourite to take out both stage 1 and 2 of the 800m. After cruising through stage 1 in a 2.05, Keely showed her class closing in a 30 second last 200m to take a convincing victory in the overall 800m event.
Keely had this to say to Athletics Australia:
"It's an awesome feeling getting gold today," said Small.
"The race didn’t play out as I expected, the first lap was a lot slower but I was happy when I got to sit out the front and got to slow it down – as that’s the way I like to race it."
Small who was also named the Australian Flag Bearer at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, finished with a total time of 4:10.44 from her two races, which was almost three seconds faster than her next competitor.
It was been an enormous 24 hours for her coach Philo Saunders, who had success yesterday when his Paralympic athlete Michael Roeger broke the T46 marathon world record in Melbourne.
Coach Saunders had high praise for the professionalism of his young athlete.
“Keely was awesome and ran two perfect tactical races. She has been so consistent since Commonwealth Games and is racing with real confidence at the moment,” Saunders said.
“We have worked hard at improving fitness and strength which really showed through. Her dedication to be her best is unbelievable.”
Full Athletics Australia article here