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Charlie Leek aiming for 10.7 at Junior Champs

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1 Charlie Leek aiming for 10.7 at Junior Champs on Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:49 pm

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http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/02/03/297701_sport-news.html



Leek set to seize opportunity

By RICHARD WELSH
Hobart Mercury
February 03, 2012


SPRINTS are usually a drawcard for track and field meets, but most of Australia's top sprinters are taking this weekend off competition.

That leaves Tasmania's quickest contenders to hopefully lead the way for tomorrow's Briggs Athletics Classic.

Hobart's Charlie Leek has been the main man in 100m so far this summer. In November, he became the first Hobart-based athlete to dip under 11 seconds for the straight since Sam Crosswell did it some five years earlier.

"It's been a bit of a shock how this season's gone. I didn't really do much of a pre-season, just played football," Leek said.

"By national juniors in March I should be coming out with something special. It'd be beautiful to run 10.7 or 10.8."

However, it won't be simply solo sailing for Leek as he faces Jarrod Gilroy, the man whom he managed to take the state title from last season.

Gilroy leads a host of challengers, including Launceston's Joe Lowe, Sam Henley, Andrew Robinson and Ross Lovell, who last weekend clocked 11.10sec in Launceston.

Gilroy says he is ready for fast times during the period that counts the most.

"We've been training up to eight times a week in readiness for races like Briggs on Saturday and the nationals next month," Gilroy said.

"My training suggests I'm in the form to break 11 for the 100m," he added. His current best is 11.06sec.

The women's 100m sees state champion Morgan Gaffney back in Hobart. The national under-20 finalist over 100m will be gunning for victory in the 100m and 200m.

Also lining up in the 200m will be former TIS sprinter Morgan Whiley, national under-16 400m champion Samantha Lind and world junior qualified Abbey de la Motte.

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