FLYING HIGH: n Youth Olympic Games representative Jessica Pickering training at Belmont High School earlier this year. Picture: Jonathan CarrollBELMONT trampolinistJessica Pickering claimed a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games inBuenos Aires, Argentina on Sunday.
The 17-year-old qualified in second early last week and went into the final locked in a battle with China’s Fan Xinyi, who qualified first.
Pickering suffered a 0.200 penalty in the finalbut it did not cost her a place as her total score of51.645 was short of Xinyi’s 52.560.
“I was super stoked to make the finals, let alonein the position that I did,” Pickering told the Newcastle Heraldfrom Argentina on Monday.
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— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) October 14, 2018【ユース五輪】トランポリン女子表彰式🥇 Xinyi Fan 🇨🇳🥈 Jessica Pickering 🇦🇺🥉 Vera Beliankina 🇷🇺 pic.twitter成都楼凤/B0KepxvXDg
— もみじ (@maple_maple555) October 14, 2018Herald in July: “We found out about the Youth Olympics about two years ago and have been working towards that goal for a while.”
Asked how it felt to to finally reach the Games and walk away with a medal, she said it was “absolutely fantastic”.
“Now that I am done, hopefully I can watch my other teammates in their sports,” she said.
“I haven’t been able to do that because I’ve been training, so that will be super exciting, and then I’ll stay for the closing ceremony.”
Young finishes seventhin 1500m SET: Luke Young. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Awaba middle-distance runner Luke Young has finished seventh in the men’s 1500m race at the Youth Olympic Games.
Young finished fifth in his heat with a time of3 minutes and 55.28 seconds.
He faced stiff competition with the winner of the event, Ethiopian Nberet Melese, finishing in3 minutes and 52.95 seconds.
He will compete in the men’s cross country on Monday night (AEDT). The cross country event is then combined with the 1500m results to determine medals.
Like Pickering, Young had devoted much of his training to the Youth Olympic Games.
A national champion 1500m and 3000m runner, he was forced to choose one event for Argentina.
He suffered a setback in theleadup to the Games, and told theHeraldin August how he was forced to have a barb removed from his foot months after he stood on a starfish in Vanuatu, where he had qualified for the Games by winning the Oceania Championships.