Herald Sun

HALE OUT OF FI­NAL

- SCOTT GULLAN

AUS­TRALIA’S fastest teenager, Jack Hale, has failed to make the 100m fi­nal at the World Youth Cham­pi­onships in Colom­bia.

The Tas­ma­nian raced be­low his best at his first ma­jor over­seas meet­ing, fin­ish­ing sixth in his semi­fi­nal in 10.70sec.

Fel­low Aus­tralian sprinter Jor­dan Shel­ley was sev­enth in his semi-fi­nal in 10.83.

Hale, who cap­tured the at­ten­tion of the na­tion last year when he ran a win­das­sisted 10.13, had been talk­ing medals in the lead-up.

But he found out quickly about the depth of sprint­ing around the globe with Ja­pan’s Ab­dul Hakim Sani Brown equalling the cham­pi­onship record of 10.30 in win­ning Hale’s semi-fi­nal.

The 17-year-old tweeted: “Just not my day, I’ve still got the 200m to come.”

NSW dis­cus thrower Sa­man­tha Peace won bronze with a per­sonal best of 50.59m.

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