Kelsie strikes gold

WINNING WAYS: Kelsie Youman competed at the NSW Athletics Junior Championships in Sydney on the weekend and finished with a gold and silver medal in the 2000 metre steeplechase and the 800 metre run.

WINNING WAYS: Kelsie Youman competed at the NSW Athletics Junior Championships in Sydney on the weekend and finished with a gold and silver medal in the 2000 metre steeplechase and the 800 metre run.

There’s no stopping Kelsie Youman. 

The speedster flew around the athletics track in the 2000 metre steeplechase to win gold and surged home in her 800 metres to claim silver at the NSW Athletics Junior Championships on the weekend. It was only the second time Youman has competed in a steeplechase, with her first also resulting in gold and national qualification at the Country Championships last month. 

"It is hard, the longer distances, I have to train more for them rather than the short and also get my legs better for jumping because it kills my legs by the end of the race,” she said. 

"It is a little bit different training but the distance should help with my 800 as well so they complement each other.”

At the Country Championships, Youman was recovering from glandular fever and hoped to better her time on the weekend in the lead up to the National Championships next month. 

"I was happier with the 800 because of my times but it was still really cool to get the gold. I improved a lot from my last competition which was good because I haven't broken that time in a while,” she said.

“I was placed fourth in the first lap right until the last 300 metres and then I passed two competitors and was in second so it was a bit more of a strategic race.” 

Youman plans to step up her training ahead of nationals next month. 

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