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West Australian youngster Sasha Zhoya triumphs in men’s Bay Sheffield

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West Australian youngster Sasha Zhoya triumphs in men’s Bay Sheffield

WARREN PARTLAND,
The Advertiser
December 28, 2017





WEST Australian youngster Sasha Zhoya showcased his incredible talents with a powerful victory in the men’s Bay Sheffield at Colley Reserve on Thursday.

The 15-year old gifted athlete is the second youngest victor of the state’s richest sprint, being four months older than Todd Bateman when he was triumphant in 2003.

And in typical teenage talk, an amazingly relaxed Zhoya described his brilliant performance as sick.

The 15-year old gifted athlete is the second youngest victor of the state’s richest sprint, being four months older than Todd Bateman when he was triumphant in 2003.

And in typical teenage talk, an amazingly relaxed Zhoya described his brilliant performance as sick.

“I’m tired, I’m ready for a rest,” Zhoya said just minutes after crossing the line.

Zhoya created a massive impression when he stormed to an emphatic win in the 70m dash on Wednesday, the first man to claim the sprint double since New South Welshman Derek Merdith in 1989.

“After the 70 I was a bit hyped up but the 120m is a different ball game and I had to refocus my mind and stuff,” Zhoya said.

“It’s sick, it’s good to be a 15-year old winning the double.”

Zhoya came from 5m to beat Harrison Hunt, the only South Australian in the final, and Queenslander Connor Diffey, the backmarker off 4m.

Hunt was heavily backed when betting opened on Wednesday and his supporters were still optimistic after his semi-final win when he was the fastest qualifier for the final.

However, it was the Zhoya show as he blasted clear in the final 20m to earn the $13,500 winner’s cheque.

It has been an amazing December for Zhoya and his second highly productive raid on feature Adelaide events.

Just two hours after breaking the national under 18 110m hurdles record when he clocked 13.24 secs to win the All Schools Championship in Mile End on December 9, he soared 4.60m to easily secure the pole vault title.

But if not for a victory in the Hamersley Gift in Perth last month, he may not have returned to SA for his charge to glory in Glenelg.

“I was counting on the Hamersley one to make the trip here,” Zhoya said. “Without that win I did not know whether I would have come or not.

“December has been packed, the Adelaide All Schools, then this meeting.”

As for his future plans and which event he will make a priority, he is unsure.

“I’ve no idea what I’ll be doing,” he said. “I’ll keep the three events, I love the pole vault, love the hurdles and love the 200m.”

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