Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

IN ZOE'S STEPs; Next Generation of Olympians Already in Training

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

IN ZOE'S STEPs; Next Generation of Olympians Already in Training

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Byline: Lachlan Thompson lachlan.thompson@dailyexaminer.com.au

GRAFTON junior athletics received some huge recognition this week when local woman Zoe Buckman made the semi-final of the 1500 metres at the London Olympic Games.

Buckman, who started her athletics career at Grafton Public School, ran a personal best time early yesterday morning on the biggest stage of all.

Unfortunately for Buckman, her best time of 4min 5.03sec wasn't good enough to reach the Olympic final.

She was also unlucky to run in the fastest semi-final. Her time was faster than every woman in the first semi-final, but she finished 10th in her race, which left her short of qualifying by three places.

However, it was not just the seasoned professionals who were out there doing the town proud, with two juniors showing all the hallmarks of Graftonian greatness at the Grafton District Interschool Athletics carnival this week.

Following in Buckman's sprig tracks, Quinn Greedy, of Grafton Public School, smashed the field to win every event in her age division bar one. …

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