Liam O'Brien wins gold at Australian Youth Olympic festival.
Liam O'Brien wins gold at Australian Youth Olympic festival. Contributed

O'Brien throws a personal best at Australian Youth Olympics

GYMPIE javelin thrower Liam O'Brien has taken out first place at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Sydney Olympic Park, throwing a personal best of 65.88 metres.

The Gympie athlete, who lives in Brisbane for school, topped his own record by around one metre while representing Australia at the Youth Olympic event.

The mega-throw could have been further, however O'Brien said competitors were throwing into the wind, slowing javelins down.

The new champion managed to beat competitors from around the world, as well as close Australian rival Rhys Stein, who threw 65.10 metres to claim a silver medal.

Third was Brazilian athlete Fernando Martins with 62.5m.

The win was a solid reminder for O'Brien that a recently niggling elbow injury was well on the way to repair.

O'Brien's mother Ann O'Brien said she'd heard no complaint from her son about the injury in the lead-up to the festival.

There's been no rest for O'Brien who, after finishing the festival yesterday, represented his school in the first 11 representative cricket team for Greater Public Schools competition.

Following O'Brein's performance at the festival, he has been invited to train in a target talent program run by Athletics Australia. O'Brien will head to Hobart next month to take part in the talent program.

Gympie Times


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