Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Jay Sets Sights on Olympics; Ballina Runner Enjoys Taste of Big-Time

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Jay Sets Sights on Olympics; Ballina Runner Enjoys Taste of Big-Time

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MITCHELL CRAIG

Sports reporter

BALLINA athlete Jay Meaney has set his sights on representing Australia at the Olympic Games one day, after competing in his first World Junior Championships in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

Meaney, 17, raced in the 4x400m Australian under-20 team, which ran fourth, finishing behind the United States, Poland and Trinidad and Tobago.

The team beat second-placed Poland in the qualifying heat, before running a time of 3min 06.58sec in the final, while the US clocked 3min 03.99sec.

Meaney's teammate Steve Solomon is off to the London Olympics to compete in the individual 400m and 4x400m.

aI think he'll go pretty well and I'd love to do something similar,a Meaney said.

aHe competed in his first World Junior Championships when he was my age and he was only in the one event too.

aIt was a great experience and America were pretty hard to match.

aCompared to me they were huge, all at least 190 (centimetres). …

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