The IAAF World U20 Championships came to a close last night in Tampere, Finland, with Adam Kopp competing in the final event of the Championships.
Kopp, coached by Brian Pozzi, led off from lane five for Australia in the final of the men’s 4x400m, with the team finishing in 7th place in 3:09.31.
It rounds out a great six day competition for our WA athletes, with a standout performance by Declan Tingay (coached by Steven Tingay) in the men’s 10,000m walk. Tingay broke the Australian U20 record, previously held by Olympic medallist Dane Bird-Smith, with a time of 40:49.72 to finish in an outstanding fourth place.
Earlier in the week, Lauren Hyde-Cooling bowed out of the women’s pole vault with a best clearance of 3.65m. Hyde-Cooling, coached by triple Olympian Paul Burgess, was hoping to reach greater heights, but it was unfortunately not to be. She finished 9th in her qualification group in her green and gold debut.
Competing in the women’s javelin, Lara Ilievski finished 11th in her qualification group with a best through of 45.04. Coached by Grant Ward, Ilievski was off her best with a foul in the first round and couldn’t find the rhythm that saw her throw 52.08 in Sydney earlier in the year.
A special mention to Lyn Foreman, who travelled to Finland with the Aussie team as a Team Coach for the Championships.
On behalf of the WA athletics community, we’d like to congratulate all athletes, coaches and their support teams for proudly representing Australia on the world stage.