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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Hugh Donovan (10.68/21.35) aiming to PB at World Youth titles

Hugh Donovan (10.68/21.35) aiming to PB at World Youth titles

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Bellthorpe flyer off to France

Source: Lee Oliver
The Westerner
Thursday, 30 June 2011

Bellthorpe sprinter Hugh Donovan will run for his country at the World Youth Athletics Championships.
The son of Bellthorpe avocado farmers is reaping the fruits of his dedication to sprinting.

Hugh Donovan will fly out to France tomorrow as the first Australian sprinter in almost a decade to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Athletics Championships.

The 17-year-old, who makes the 110km round trip for training at the Sunshine Coast under former Olympian Denise Boyd three times a week, will run in the 100m and 200m events.

Donovan bettered his personal best times for both events by 0.2 seconds during qualification for the world championships last year.

But he believes he will need to slash at least a further 0.05 seconds from his personal bests of 10.68 seconds (100m) and 21.35 (200m) to make the finals in Lille.

“I’ll be happy to run a PB or close to my PB, but to make the finals would be a bonus,” he said.

Donovan, who competes for his school St John’s College at Nambour, started heading down the track to becoming an elite athlete seven years ago.

“I won states when I was ten and kept training every year after that,” he said.

“When I was 14 I won the Pacific Schools Games in the 100m and 200m, and since that I started training three days a week and have got more serious year after year.

“This is my first opportunity to go overseas. When I go over there it will be an amazing experience competing against all the other countries and mixing with other athletes. It will be a great feeling.”

Donovan is part of a 28-member Australian team for the world championships, which run from 6-10 July.

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