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McCarthy throws discus Orlaway to gold as trio impresses

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March 22, 2018

Orla McCarthy (left) and Taryn Furletti put in outstanding performances at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships.

Pace-setter: Lucy Zotti set a season best time in the under-18 800m race at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney. (athsnationalsA) Orla McCarthy, 13, (left) won gold in the under-14 women’s discus, while Taryn Furletti, 15, won silver in the under-16 steeplechase and bronze in the under-16 3000m at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney. (athsnationalsB) Lucy Zotti, 17, set a season best time in the under-18 800m.

Seymour athletics talent impressed at the Australian Junior Championships in Sydney recently.

Seymour’s Orla McCarthy took home the gold medal in the under-14 women’s discus, while Taryn Furletti snared silver in the under-16 steeplechase and bronze in the under-16 3000m.

Lucy Zotti also shone in middle-distance running, scoring a season’s best in the under-18 800m.

McCarthy, 13, said she was thrilled with her results at her first Australian Junior Championships.

‘‘I was really excited going in, and not too nervous,’’ she said.

‘‘I’d looked at the results from previous nationals and thought I had a chance to win.’’

Unlike the 750gram discus used in Little Athletics and the Pacific Games, McCarthy prefers to use the 1kg discus.

‘‘A lot of the girls are really small, but I’m tall for my age, so I prefer to use the heavier discus,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve been training on the 1kg for three years now.’’

She threw an impressive 34.29m to take home the gold – 60cm ahead of the second-placed throw.

Furletti, 15, slotted comfortable results in her two events, running a time of 10min 12sec in the 3000m and 7:10 in the steeplechase.

While not her best results to date, Furletti’s father Dean Furletti said she was positive going forward.

‘‘This was her fourth trip to nationals, she’s becoming a regular there,’’ he said.

‘‘She had a little niggle leading up to these games though, so her times were a bit off.

‘‘Still, she was happy and is already looking at where she can compete next.’’

Zotti, 17, also competed in the women’s under-18 4x400m relay, placing fourth.

‘‘She’s a bit disappointed because her results were a lot better last year — but she doesn’t give up,’’ her mum Leanne said.

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