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Athletics SA are extremely proud of the three athletes who represented South Australia for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Claire Tallent put 110% in the 20 km Walk on the first day of Athletics competition at the Games, but was unfortunately disqualified just after making a break for gold in the final kilometre. The South Australia community are incredibly proud of Claire's effort and strength throughout the race and in the past week, and know that the two-time Olympian with three World Championships worth of knowledge will be back stronger than ever. Congratulations also goes to coach and partner, Jared Tallent. Claire will be competing at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China in May 2018. Good luck to Claire on this upcoming race!
Kurtis Marschall’s meteoric rise in international pole vaulting reached its newest peak on the Gold Coast as the young South Australian won gold at the Commonwealth Games in a fascinating duel with a former world champion. Kurtis' winning leap was a clutch jump at 5.70m which he cleared on the third attempt. Canadian Shawnacy Barber, who won the 2015 world title in Beijing, had earlier missed his third and final attempt and watched as the young Australian went clear to capture the title.
A big congratulations goes to Kurtis, his coach Kym Simons, and his support network and training group.
Jess Trengove continued her strong tradition of Australian marathon success by winning a fantastic bronze in the women’s marathon on the Gold Coast to emulate her performance from the Glasgow Games in 2014. It was an outstanding race over the gruelling 42.195 km distance, in hot and humid conditions as she crossed the finish line in 2:34:09, one minute and 29 seconds behind Namibian winner Helalia Johannes (2:32:40).
In second, Lisa Weightman (2:33:23) at the age of 39 years became the oldest Australian woman to win a medal in athletics.
A big congratulations goes to Jess, her coach Adam Didyk, and her support network and training group.
Australia finished up with 13 Gold Medals, 13 Silver and 10 Bronze.
A full recap of the athletics competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as 8 of the greatest moments in 8 magic days of athletics can be seen HERE.