Ahead of the IAAF World U20 Championships, Townsville sprinter Jake Doran,17, has smashed the Australian junior 100m record with a spectacular 10.15 in Finland this week.
Competing in the central Finnish city of Jämsänkoski, Doran’s time breaks Jack Hale’s national under-20 mark of 10.21 set two years ago.
The stunning time makes him the sixth fastest open Australian ever and now the second fastest junior in the world in 2018.
Doran was very surprised by his performance.
“I’m so stoked with how I went today. I didn’t think anything remotely like that would happen today, I wasn’t very hyped or feeling the greatest going into the competition so when I got a PB in the heat I was over the moon. I pulled up a little sore as I didn’t have much race fitness after my injury so I was just gonna try and win the final, but to come out and pull that time was absolutely insane. Completely out of nowhere.”
Australian All Time U20 100m List
10.15 Jake Doran Q
10.21 Jack Hale T
10.27 Trae Williams Q
10.29 Matt Shirvington N
10.33 Zane Branco Q
10.34 Joshua Clarke N
10.35 Paul Narracott Q
10.36 Aaron Rouge-Serrett V
10.37 Jarrod Geddes N
Doran, who will run just the relay at the World U20s in Tampere next week, was a late addition to the Australian team, after missing the 2017/18 domestic season due to injury.
His time has also taken him well past his coach and Olympian Paul Di Bella, who had a best of 10.26 as a senior.