01/04/2022   Sydney (AUS): Jemima Montag and Kyle Swan win Australian Track Championships - Bronze Level



The Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Center is hosting the 99th Australian Athletics Championships from 26 March to 3 April.
The two walking events took place on Wednesday 30 April on the 10,000m track walk distance and had obtained the Bronze Level of the World Race Walking Tour from World Athletics: an interesting way to promote not only road walking, but also track activities. Who knows if any other nation will follow this example.
On the shields Jemima Montag and Kyle Swan, who with their victories on Wednesday evening at the Chemist Warehouse have almost booked tickets to Birmingham after securing automatic nomination for the Commonwealth Games team.
10,000m track walk women
Jemima Montag (AUS) won the Australian women's 10,000m walk title in a fairly fast time (43:02.97) comfortably below the qualifying standard for Birmingham and is now ready to defend her gold medal this August.
The 24-year-old medical student was tactical in her approach, falling behind silver and bronze medal winners Katie Hayward (44:28.80) and Rebecca Henderson (44:40.09), until nearly halfway through the race.
Rebecca Henderson (21:09.64), Katie Hayward (21:09.82), and Jemima Montag (21:09.91) had passed in order to 4,800m (12 laps), but with 13 laps to go, Montag made a courageous move by increasing her pace which until then had been around 1:47:00 per lap, lowering the time around 1:37.00.
At 6.000m her lead over the chasing pair was 26 seconds, while at 8.000m it was increased to 1:03 where the three went as follows: Montag (34:31.92), Hayward (35:34.37) and Henderson (35:34.45).
For gold the race was closed, but for the other two medals they fight up to 8.800m when the two pass in 39:13.26 and 39:13.68. Katie Hayward won the silver, but both will have obtained the entry standard for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Victory to Jemima Montag (AUS) in 43:02.97
Second place to Katie Hayward (AUS) in 44:27.80
Third place to Rebecca Henderson in (AUS) 44:40.09.
10,000m track walk men
The favorite of the evening was Kyle Swan (AUS) who did not disappoint.
Sprinted in the lead from the first lap, he didn't have any opponent to worry him. The passages of him:
- at 2.000m in 7:50.97
- at 4.000m in 15:42.64 (7:59.67)
- at 6.000m in 23:28.20 (7:45.56)
- at 8.000m in 31:45.12 (8:16.92)
- last 2.000m in 8:10.05
For the other two medals the fight narrowed between Will Thompson (AUS) and Quentin Rew (NZL).
At 6,000m Rew (24:06.43) he had an advantage over Thompson (24:31.79) of just over 25 seconds
At 8,000m the situation was as follows: Rew (32:20:48) and Thompson (32:55:13).
In the following round the jury stops the New Zealander in the penalty zone for 60 seconds, because he had received three red cards against him. Rew restarts in third position and the two pass at 8.400m with the following: Thompson (34:36.21) and Rew (35:01.65) 25:24/100 later.
Victory to Kyle Swan (AUS) in 39:55.17
Second place to Will Thompson (AUS) in 41:17.05
Third place to Quentin Rew (NZL) in 41:46.41
U20 events
Olivia Sandery won the women's 10,000m U20 walk in 45: 28.96 setting the new Championships record to secure a place in the Australian U20 team heading to the 2022 U20 World Athletics Championships in Cali.
Fraser Saunder won the men's event in 47:15.49.