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Australian athletes top GC2018 medal tally

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 | Jane Needham

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The Australian Athletics team have topped the medal tally at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with an extraordinary 13 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze for a total of 36 medals.

Following second and third places at the last two Games, they dominated the track and field competition, easily defeating track and field powerhouses Jamaica, England, South Africa, Kenya and Canada. Jamaica placed second with 25 medals and eight gold, while England were third on 17 medals (five gold). The tally was also a striking improvement on Glasgow where the haul was just 12 medals, including eight gold.

Co-Captain of the Australian Athletic team Kurt Fearnley praised the hard-working team and said the unity and spirit of the members was second to none.  “We all have a lot to be proud of.  It is not just whether you win or lose it is how you play the game. Team Australia athletes really showed that spirit at the Games”.

The excitement for Australian athletics fans is this collection of athletes are young. Seventeen or 47% of the medallists are aged 25 or younger and we can expect they will be the backbone of the sport for the next two Olympics and Paralympics.

Twenty-year-olds Kurtis Marschall, Jemima Montag and Alex Hulley and 21-year-olds Matt Denny and Nina Kennedy are at the very start of their blossoming senior careers. Just a few years older, seasoned internationals Brooke Stratton, Brandon Starc, Madison de Rozario, and Dane Bird-Smith are on track for world championships and Olympic/Paralympic podium.

There were also three teenage medallists, world champion Isis Holt, long jumper Erin Cleaver and on debut sprinter Rhiannon Clarke.

Although it was a youthful team with a great future, they have been inspired by a group of legends and greats in Dani Stevens, Kathryn Mitchell, Kurt Fearnley, Angie Ballard, Evan O'Hanlon, Michael Shelley and Lisa Weightman who all placed on the podium on the Gold Coast.

No doubt the performance has been enhanced by the inclusion of the para-athletes into medal events, which first occurred in 2002. It is one aspect which reflects the positive and changing dynamic of athletics in the Commonwealth. Another is the increasing number of nations placing athletes on the podium. In Glasgow 21 nations won medals, while on the Gold Coast it had increased to 26.

A goal of every athlete when competing on the international stage is that they perform at personal best levels. This was another strength of this team, with 25 personal bests recorded, including middle-distance star Georgia Griffith who achieved this on all three occasions she stepped on the track.

Numerous athletes wrote their names into the record books. Kurt Fearnley, Kathryn Mitchell, Henry Frayne and Dani Stevens, along with the athletes in inaugural events. Four athletes broke national records, Keely Small (U20 & U18 800m), Celeste Mucci (U20 heptathlon), Kathryn Mitchell (javelin) and Rhiannon Clarke (T38 100m).

But behind the facts, stats and figures there are the heart-warming achievements of Celia Sullohern, who in her international debut in the African-dominated 10,000m missed a medal by just two seconds. Cedric Dubler who was injured shortly before the Games, but battled gallantly for a decathlon bronze. In a truly international class field, Linden Hall placing fourth in the 1500m. Teenager Celeste Mucci a close fourth in the heptathlon and the youthful men’s 4x100m relay squad, who have worked together as a team and were just edged out of a medal. 

Darren Gocher, Athletics Australia CEO stated “There is much to be excited about with this talented group of athletes emerging in our sport. I am looking forward to watching them evolve over the next decade”.

 

by David Tarbotton.

 

 

MEDALS

Total

Gold

13

36

Silver

13

Bronze

10

Top 8 Finish (4th - 8th)

43


Personal Best Performances

25

Season Best Performances

15

Games Record Performances

4

National Records

4

 

 

 

 







First Name

Last Name

Event

Performance

Place

Medal

Comp PB, SB

Dane

Bird-Smith

20km Walk

1:19:34

1

Gold

Cam

Crombie

F38 Shot Put

15.74

1

Gold

Madison

de Rozario

T54 Marathon

1:44:00

1

Gold

Madison

de Rozario

T54 1500m

3:34.06

1

Gold

Kurt

Fearnley

T54 Marathon

1:30:26

1

Gold

GR

Isis

Holt

T35 100m

13.58 (-0.6)

1

Gold

Kurtis

Marschall

Pole Vault

5.70

1

Gold

Kathryn

Mitchell

Javelin Throw

68.92

1

Gold

GR; AR; NR, PB

Jemima

Montag

20km Walk

1:32:50

1

Gold

Evan

O'Hanlon

T38 100m

11.09

1

Gold

Michael

Shelley

Marathon

2:16:46

1

Gold

Brandon

Starc

High Jump

2.32

1

Gold

PB

Dani

Stevens

Discus Throw

68.26

1

Gold

GR

Eliza

Ault-Connell

T54 Marathon

1:44:13

2

Silver

Angela

Ballard

T54 1500m

3:36.85

2

Silver

Rhiannon

Clarke

T38 100m

13.17

2

Silver

PB; NR; AR

Erin

Cleaver

T38 Long Jump

4.36 (+0.8)

2

Silver

Matthew

Denny

Hammer Throw

74.88

2

Silver

PB

Kurt

Fearnley

T54 1500m

3:11.92

2

Silver

Henry

Frayne

Long Jump

8.33 (+0.8)

2

Silver

PB (8.34 in Q),
GR (qualifying)

Alexandra

Hulley

Hammer Throw

68.2

2

Silver

Marty

Jackson

F38 Shot Put

13.74

2

Silver

SB

Hamish

Peacock

Javelin Throw

82.59

2

Silver

Kelsey-Lee

Roberts

Javelin Throw

63.89

2

Silver

Brooke

Stratton

Long Jump

6.77 (+0.6)

2

Silver

Lisa

Weightman

Marathon

2:33:23

2

Silver

Brianna

Coop

T35 100m

15.63 (-0.6)

3

Bronze

Taylor

Doyle

T38 Long Jump

4.22 (+0.9)

3

Bronze

Cedric

Dubler

Decathlon

7983

3

Bronze

Long Jump SB

Nick

Hough

110m Hurdles

13.38

3

Bronze

PB

Nina

Kennedy

Pole Vault

4.60

3

Bronze

Jake

Lappin

T54 1500m

3:12.60

3

Bronze

Luke

Mathews

800m

1:45.60

3

Bronze

SB

Nicola

McDermott

High Jump

1.91

3

Bronze

PB

Lara

Nielsen

Hammer Throw

65.03

3

Bronze

Jessica

Trengove

Marathon

2:34:09

3

Bronze

 

 
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