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Friday, 15 July 2016 | Athletics Australia



Alexandra Hulley (NSW) will lead the green and gold throws charge at Bydgoszcz 2016.

With a personal best of 65.75m, Hulley will be out to make history as the first Australian women to medal at the championships in the hammer throw. Australia’s best performance at these championships came in 2002 when Gabrielle Neighbour (VIC) finished fourth with distance of 60.17m.

“My main goal is to win it, but the first thing to do is to make the final, get passed the qualifying and then I’ll be really be looking to medal," Hulley said.

“I'm improving each day, so I’m coming into my peak. It has gone really well, it’s been great having two competitions over here and everyone has acclimatised, no one is jet lagged.

No stranger to international competition, Hulley will use past experience to guide her through the opening qualifying round.

“This is my third time competing internationally, world youth in 2013, youth Olympics in 2014 in China and now this (Bydgoszcz 2016).”

"I’m one of the oldest in the team, one of the oldest competitors I feel more comfortable instead of always being the young one, being in the youth.

While pre championship competition has gone completely to plan, Hully is pleased with how things are building up to the championships starting next week.

“The two competitions haven’t been the best for me, but training is definitely improving every day, I have had a hard week in the gym and my last major hard training before I go into my peak now.”

On the men’s side, Ned Weatherly (VIC) will also head to his third international aged championships in as many years, looking to replicate his efforts at last year’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali (COL) where he found his way on the winners podium.

The big-time championship thrower showed his ready to go in Bydgoszcz with a lead-up throw of 73.61m at the Mannheim (GER) under-20 meet last month.

Currently ranked 10th on the 2016 IAAF under-20 Top List, Weatherly, 18, says his focused on a top five finish.

"My aim is to walk away finishing in the top five, Weatherly said".

Joining Weatherly in the Hammer Throw heats on day two will be Jimboomba athlete Nathan Wilkins (QLD), who is set to compete in his first major international championships.

Unable to compete at the national junior championships in Perth earlier this year due to injury, leading Australian under-20 Javelin Thrower Kathryn Brooks (VIC) is heading into Bydgoszcz with limited competition under her belt, but a solid block of training post injury in Australia and Europe has helped her confidence.

Brooks will be the first of the throwers to compete at Bydgoszcz 2016, with Group A qualifying starting at 10:05am on Day One of competition.

Team coach Stephen Cain said its been a rocky road the past few months.

“She has performed very well despite knee troubles at the past two competitions, with a 49.57m and 50.08m, which has been very promising, her second ever throw over 50m.

“Strength training and technical work has been progressing well and she has been meticulous with her rehab, recovery and training preparations.”

IAAF World Youth Championships 2015 Javelin Throw finalist Conor Warren (QLD) has his eyes set on Luke Cann’s (VIC) Australian under-20 record of 76.58m in Bydgoszcz.

“My aim is to make the podium and break the Australian record for the under-20’s.”

And, a last chance throw of 69.20m at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships ensured Mathew Rees (NSW) will line up next to Warren in the opening round of the Javelin Throw in Bydgoszcz.

Two years on from competing at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon (USA) Kirsty Williams (QLD) will be focused on taking the next step and making the finals after failing to make it out of the qualifying rounds in Track Town USA. Currently ranked 10th on the IAAF 2016 Top List she will have the company of 2015 Commonwealth Youth silver medallist Bianca Hansen (VIC) in the qualifying rounds.

The 55-strong Australian team will prepare and spend the next week in the host city, Bydgoszcz (POL), before the IAAF World U20 Championships takes place from Tuesday 19 - Sunday 24 July 2016.

Full timetables, guides and video are available on the official website here.

Qualifying Rounds:

Day 1
Kathryn Brooks - Javelin Throw - 10:05am (Group A) or 11:20am (Group B)
Kirsty Williams & Bianca Hansen - Discus - 6:20pm (Group A) or 7:35pm (Group B)

Day 2
Ned Weatherly & Nate Wilkins - Hammer Throw - 12:50pm (Group A) or 2:10pm (Group B)

Day 3
Alex Hully - Hammer Throw - 9:30am (Group A) or 10:55am (Group B)

Day 4
Connor Warren & Matthew Rees - Javelin - 9:30am (Group A) or 10:50am (Group B)

With thanks to Chris Kenner