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Kyabram athlete heading for US

Kyabram athlete Emily Lawson has qualified to run in the World Junior Athletics Championships.

March 19, 2014 4:58am

Kyabram's Emily Lawson took the Australian Junior Athletics Championships by storm and is now setting her sights on the World Junior Championships in the United States.

Kyabram athlete Emily Lawson has qualified for the World Junior Athletics Championship in the United States in July.

Emily, 17, won the gold medal in the under-20 200m and silver in the under-20 400m at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney last week.

In the 200m, she improved her personal best from 24.49 to 24.40 in the heats and then smashed it again to win the final in 24.05 and beat the world junior qualifying time of 24.11.

Her times in the 400m were arguably even more impressive as she took more than a second off her previous best time of 55.40 during the competition.

Her heat time was 55.30, but finishing second in the final, after a stunning first 300m, she lowered her best to 54.25, comfortably beating the world junior qualifying time of 54.52.

‘‘It rained and conditions in the final were tougher than in the heat, so I was really pleased with my time. The girl who won the 400m also took half a second off her PB, so it was a great race for both of us,’’ Emily said.

‘‘I was chatting to my coach Peter Barrett from Bendigo, whose family lives in Kyabram, about my race plan and I guess somehow we got the result we wanted.’’

Since returning from Sydney, Emily has had to choose which of the two events she wants to run in at the World Junior Championships, even though her performances last week qualified her for both.

For full story see this week’s print edition of the Free Press.

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