Jimboomba athletes compete down under for nationals

WORLD under 20 decathlon champion Ashley Moloney was among a team of 12 Jimboomba athletes to compete at the Australian open and age group championships at Sydney this month.

EFFORT: World under 20 decathlete Ashley Moloney won his first even before retiring with a hamstring problem at the Australian open and age group championships. Photo: Lisa Simmons

EFFORT: World under 20 decathlete Ashley Moloney won his first even before retiring with a hamstring problem at the Australian open and age group championships. Photo: Lisa Simmons

More than 2000 Australians competed in the national event at Homebush Olympic Park from April 1 to 7.

Moloney contested the open men's decathlon and won the first 100m event easily with a strong time of 10.5 seconds.

Unfortunately, Moloney had to retire from the competition due to a hamstring problem.

His next priority will be the IAAF Combined Events Challenge at Gotzis, Austria on May 25 to 26.

Moloney was presented with Athletics Australia's Junior Male Athlete of the Year award during a championship presentation.

 PODIUM: Talosaga Kia won two silver medals in under 20 discus and shot put.

PODIUM: Talosaga Kia won two silver medals in under 20 discus and shot put.

World under 20 team mate Talosaga Kia won bronze in the open women's discus and two silver medals in under 20 discus and shot put.

Talosaga achieved a personal best javelin throw of 45.97 metres and placed fifth.

Ben Roberts prepares to throw the javelin.

Ben Roberts prepares to throw the javelin.

Ben Roberts secured his second consecutive silver medal in under 18 javelin with a personal best throw of 56.28 metres.

Athlete Felila Kia won bronze in the under 17 shot put and under 18 discus.

Felila also placed fourth in under 20 discus and sixth in the open event.

Felila Kia won bronze medals in under 17 shot put and under 18 discus.

Felila Kia won bronze medals in under 17 shot put and under 18 discus.

Sam Emblen was fourth in the Australian under 20 decathlon event with a personal best of 5889 points.

He achieved personal best efforts in most of his 10 disciplines.

State champion Bailey Brettell clipped a hurdle and fell in the under 15 200 metre hurdles but learned from the experience.

Motootua Kia's first national championship event was fiercely contested after placing fourth in under 14 discus and fifth in shot put.

Connor Addley was fourth in the under 17 javelin event with a 53.53 metre throw.

Jack Addley, Erin Gallagher and Kelsie Willoughby also performed well in Hobart.

William Glass' under 20 pole vault event lead to a personal best clearance of 3.8 metres which put him in 11th place.

Two Jimboomba athletes also competed at the Australian junior combined events championships in Hobart in March.

Sam Windsor and Lily Pearce at the Australian junior combined events championships in Hobart.

Sam Windsor and Lily Pearce at the Australian junior combined events championships in Hobart.

Lily Pearce placed seventh in the under 18 heptathlon.

Sam Windsor won silver in the under 17 decathlon with a personal best 5600 points in only his decathlon event.

Winsdor's next challenge will be in Hobart for the Australian Little Athletics Championships on April 27 and 28 after his selection to the state team

He was one of only four athletes in Queensland chosen to compete in the  under 15 heptathlon.

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