Above: Phoebe Edwards high jumping at the 2015 National Championships in Wellington. Photo by Alan McDonald Macspeedphoto.
All-rounder Phoebe Edwards is well placed after day one of the heptathlon at the World Youth championships in Cali, Colombia.
The Wellington 17 year old ran 14.20 in the 100m hurdles, high jumped 1.73, threw the shot put 11.54 for a personal best and ran the 200m in 25.59, finishing the day on 3305 points and lying in 13th place. The leader, Adriana Rodriguez of Cuba sitting on 3678 points, is almost 100 points clear of the next best.
"I was happy with the hurdles, a bit disappointed with the high jump but it was really hot. Shot put I got a PB and it felt like it was a good 200m,” Edwards said.
“It is great fun. I love waving to the crowd, it so much fun. I'm super happy with the first day. Tomorrow I'm hoping to go 6m in the long jump. I hope it all comes together tomorrow,” she added.
Georgia Hulls continued her good sprinting at the championships, qualifying for the 200m semifinals with an automatic qualifier 24.47 third place in her heat. This follows her personal best 11.85 to qualify for the 100m semifinals earlier.
In tomorrow’s action, Edwards continues with the three final heptathlon events, Hulls races in the first of three 200m semifinals and Olivia Burdon contests the final of the 1500m after qualifying fifth fastest in the first round.