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World Juniors - Spain

posted 14 Jul 2012, 01:12 by Race Walking SA - SARWC
The SARWC would like to congratulate Blake on his fantastic effort.
From Athletics Australia Web Site
Blake Steele (SA) has improved his personal best in the men’s 10,000m walk final at the IAAF world junior championships in Barcelona (ESP), Steele, who is on scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport and is coached by Brent Vallance, crossed the line in 43:04.81 to place 17th overall and improve his career best by more than eight seconds.
A graduate of Athletics Australia’s Under 17 Development and Under 19 Talent Squads, the 19-year-old has previous Australian experience from the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (10,000mW, 11th, 48:00) and the IAAF World Race Walking Cup (10kmW, 17th, 43:15).
Steele said: “I’m very happy with that considering the hot conditions, I’ve been working towards it for a long time now and it’s certainly about time that I hit a new PB.
“I woke up really well this morning, fresh as I could hope, my taper has been great and my overall preparation strong.
“Next year I’ll be moving up to the 20km walk and hope to go to the world university games. The time for that looks like it will be brought down to one hour and 26 minutes from one hour and 28 minutes so it won’t be easy but I have five months to prepare for my first crack at the qualifier and hopefully things will go well.
“I’m so lucky to work with such a great walks group at the AIS. All the Olympic spots this year are made up of AIS athletes and for me that means my training environment is ideal and I couldn’t ask for a better place to prepare for any kind of championship.”