Potezny Advances to Final at World Junior Championships
Athletics SA’s Tessa Potezny has produced a three second personal best in her heat of the 3000m steeplechase on the opening day of the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. Potezny ran strongly to finish in 4th place in a time of 10:22.51 to automatically advance to Thursday’s final.
The following excerpt is from the Athletics Australia website. Please visit www.athletics.com.au for the full article.
Potezny, who is making her Australian debut at the IAAF world junior championships, headed out strongly in the girl’s 3000m steeplechase with a lead pack that came through 1000m in 3:20.68.
Daisy Jepkemei (KEN) then broke away to cross first in a world junior lead time of 9:56.33, with Potezny automatically advancing to the final on Thursday, July 12, thanks to fourth place in a three-second personal best time of 10:22.51.
Thrilled by her performance, the South Australian medical student Potezny was today quickly reminded how tough each steeple becomes as the race progresses.
Potezny said: “I forgot how tough each steeple becomes, I’m too tired to even open this bottle of water and have a drink.
“The sprint finish was tough, I knew from watching them across the race that the other girls cleared each barrier quite well and that I would have to fight to hold onto the lead I had from 5th coming into the straight.
“A personal best is just a bonus, the final was the aim and I’ve done it which is amazing.”
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