WATCH | Hale breaks Under 20 100m record in Germany
Australian Spark Under 20 team member Jack Hale has set a new Australian under 20 record of 10.21 (+1.6) at the Mannheim Junior Gala in Germany.
The time shaves .06 off the previous record of 10.27 held by teammate Trae Williams set at the Australian Under 20 championships in Perth in March.
It’s also a new Tasmanian open record, 11th fastest Australian of all time of any age and just .05 off the Olympic qualifying time of 10.16. Hale has until 11 July to reach that time before the close of the Olympic qualifying period.
Hale recorded the slashing run in the heat and returned to win the final in 10.38 (-0.5). Williams won the B Final in 10.79 (-0.2).
“I feel as though stages of the race were perfect today. I’ve been practising that transition to the last 50m and I feel as though I’ll be a new athlete once I freshen up in the coming weeks. Since I landed I’ve been a bit tired, so that makes today even more pleasing,” Hale said.
“I’ve always had a big goal in mind to make the final at World Juniors and so far there are no stand out performances and once I’m in the final I feel it is game on.
“I’ve got a lot of time still, 3 weeks to do the (Olympic qualifying) time, but limited races. It might end up I do the time after the qualifying period, we’ll see how it goes,” Hale said.
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