It’s a hard road to the top and 2 of our Junior riders selected to the Australian Team put in some outstanding performances. Well done!
Western Australian and WAIS athletes Alex Rendell and Tahlay Christie competed at the Junior World Track Championships Aug 19-23 in Astana Kazakhstan. Both represented their country and state well in their first world selection experience.
Alex won the Team Pursuit with compatriots Rohan Wight (SA), Kelland O’Brien (VIC), James Tickner (VIC), and Jimmy Robinson (TAS). This is his first world title and the 6th year in a row that Australia has brought home gold in the team event. The team was 1st in qual with 4:08.343, they won their semi vs Poland in 4:07.909, and in the final posted a 4:05.555 to win against Switzerland. World Record is 4:02.6323 held by AUS from 2011. Australia was the class of the field this year. Alex also contested the Points Race and finished 16th. His results were especially impressive considering that he suffered during the week from a crash in training two days before the start of the competition.
Tahlay competed in three events over the course of the week. She finished 4th in the Team Sprint with Courtney Field (VIC). The pair improved the national record by nearly 1 second to post a time of 34.499 and lost the bronze by 0.019 to some exceptional performances from other teams. She qualified 5th in the Flying 200. The quality of the field pushed her to 9th, but she expressed genuine pleasure in facing the challenge presented by the level of the other girls. She would value the experience gains. In the Keirin, she won her first round race but wasn’t able to push into the major final. She finished her competition with a bang by winning the minor final against 6 athletes to be placed 7th overall. Her multiple displays of positive competition and sportsmanship are indicative of the class of person Tahlay is, and how she represented through the week.
Congratulations to the athletes, their coaching staff and the WA community supporting their rise to the top.