Seymour athlete claims gold in Sydney

April 19, 2017

Seymour athlete Taryn Furletti won gold at the Nationals in the 2000m steeple chase event.

Seymour has a new national champion, with Taryn Furletti returning from the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney a gold medallist.

The win was made even more remarkable by the fact Taryn only took up the sport in January.

That sport is the steeple chase — a 2km journey around a track, navigating over four hurdle jumps and a fifth hurdle jump into a pit of water.

Taryn was a runaway winner in the event, taking the early lead and holding it the entire way before crossing the finishing line 50m in front of her nearest competitor.

The 14-year old said she had enjoyed the shift into the different event.

‘‘I just wanted to try something different and I found it really fun. It was a bit more interesting than just running around and around the track,’’ she said.

‘‘I knew I had a chance to medal but I was pretty surprised to win it.’’

Taryn — a natural distance runner — also competed in the 3km event at the championships, in which she finished fourth and recorded a PB.

‘‘It was a very competitive event and I thought I’d finish around that mark, so I was pretty happy with how it went,’’ she said.

Taryn will now turn her attention to cross country events for the winter.

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