WALKER OF THE WEEK
16 year old Queensland walker Katie Hayward walked a superb 5000m time of 22:23.87 on the Gold Coast on Saturday. It was a 32 sec PB and must have been a State Record. But more importantly, it is a very significant performance, given that next July sees the 10th World Youth T&F Championships in Niarobi, Kenya.
I think that this time may well propel her to the top of the World U18 ranking lists overall; it certainly places her well clear of the local opposition. It’s still a long way away but she certainly looks the goods at this stage.
How a young girl took on one of athletics most unusual and demanding disciplines came about by chance. “I went to the Gold Coast Little Athletics one day and there was a 1100m race walk on. I didn’t know there was a sport like that but I jumped in and I won it. I was 10 years old at the time and I had a cross-country background. It’s different and something I like to do because I have met a lot of good people through it.”
Well done Katie and well done to her Gold Coast coach Steve Langley!
71ST KOKUTAI (NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL), KITAKAMI, JAPAN, 7 – 11 OCTOBER
The National Sports Festival of Japan or Kokutai is the national premier sports event of that country. It consists of three stages – the skating and ice hockey stage takes place in January, the skiing stage takes place in February, and the main Autumn tournament, which includes T&F, takes place in September and October.
The meet included a 10,000m walk for men which is reported below. As usual, the standard was huge, with Eiki Takahashi winning in 38:21.88, ahead of Daisuke Matsunaga (38:40.22) and Kai Kobayashi (39:49.18). Alas, I can’t fiund any results for the women.
10,000m walk Men, 9 October
1. Eiki Takahashi JPN 92 38:21.88
2. Daisuke Matsunaga JPN 95 38:40.22
3. Kai Kobayashi JPN 93 39:49.18
4. Toshikazu Yamanishi JPN 96 39:55.80
5. Takayuki Tanii JPN 83 40:30.98
6. Kota Yamada JPN 94 40:44.75
7. Takeshi Okuma JPN 83 40:45.98
8. Yuya Suganami JPN 95 40:47.65
9. Yuki Ito JPN 92 41:28.44
10. Yuki Kurumisawa JPN 95 41:39.13
11. Koichiro Morioka JPN 85 41:57.09
12. Ryota Shiojima JPN 94 42:01.11
13. Takahiro Hiwada JPN 95 42:18.09
14. Kohei Kowaki JPN 96 42:43.42
15. Hayato Takata JPN 97 43:16.78
16. Shoshi Kai JPN 88 43:39.70
17. Takuto Terada JPN 97 43:43.12
18. Hideto Nakahara JPN 97 43:47.80
Photo Credit – Marcia Dal Mondo