(Photo credit: Anthony Cox)
UPDATE: Wed, 9:16am – Way to go Ash! 2nd in his opening 100m sprint. He notched a time of 10.34 – only 12 milliseconds behind the top finisher. His was also the fastest of the three heats. Next up – Long jump.
Former Browns Plains State School student Ash Moloney will make his long-awaited Olympic Games debut in the decathlon tomorrow.
He will shape up in his first event, heat three of the 100m sprints, on Wednesday morning about 9am.
The decathlon will test Ash across 10 track and field events over two days.
Following the 100m dash, Ash will compete in 9 other events, listed below:
Wednesday, August 4
- Long jump – Group B, 9:55am
- Shot put – Group B, 11:40am
- High jump – Group B, 6:30pm
- 400m – Heat 3, 9:46pm
Thursday, August 5
- 110m hurdles – TBA
- Discus throw – TBA
- Pole vault – TBA
- Javelin – TBA
- 1500m – TBA
Ash is one of two Australians in a field of 23 athletes.
His mum Alyson, who desperately wanted to cheer him on in person, said Ash’s primary focus is on hitting a personal best and letting the results follow that.
“He’s the youngest one who’s going to be in that competition, so I’ll be happy if he gets in the top 10, but he’ll be happy if he gets a PB,” Mrs Moloney said.
“What really gets me is I could have been going to Japan to see him, but I’m really excited and nervous for him.
“But you just don’t know with the heat, the fact he’s new to it, and the nervousness of the occasion.”
The 21-year-old enters the tournament as Australia’s youngest prospect in the decathlon.
But do not let his age trick you into thinking he is just there for the experience.
Ash has a world junior title to his name and enters the games as one of the top 20 competitors in the world.
His qualifying score of 8,492 in December last year places him in elite company according to his coach Eric Brown.
“It’s insane to get that at such a young age because it’s such a taxing event,” he said.