The 2020 edition of the Oceania 20km Race Walks Championships took place on Sunday (9th Feb), along Memorial Drive, Adelaide, Australia.

Dane Bird-Smith (QLD) and Jemima Montag won the men’s and women’s the Oceania and Australian 20km Race Walking Championships (respectively) in Adelaide.

As both already had raced the automatic qualifying time (men -1:21.00, women 1:31.00), Bird-Smith walked 1:20.52 in February 2019 and Montag walked 1:30.51 at the same time, winning the National Championships means they secure themselves an automatic nomination to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Bird-Smith who actually finished in third place with 1:23.01 behind Perseus Karlstrom (Sweden) in 1:21.57 and Evan Dunfee (Canada),in 1:22.32, said:

“Getting the automatic nomination (to Tokyo 2020) was the game plan today , so I just got out there and tried to stick with an even pace, off a kind of curbed training block – so I’m just happy to be able to get the job done and focus on the remainder of the year now,”

Dane Bird-Smith

Both Quentin Rew and Alana Barber of New Zealand finished in 4th place in their respective races (time of 1:28:18 / 1:35:52).

Men’s 20km Oceania Championships

Place                Name                                       DOB     Nationality                    Time

1                      Dane Bird-Smith                        92        Australia                       1:23:01

2                      Rhydian Cowley                        91        Australia                       1:24:40

3                      Kyle Swan                                 99        Australia                       1:27:41

4                      Quentin Rew                             84        New Zealand                 1:28:18

5                      Tyler Jones                                98        Australia                       1:28:26

6                      Carl Gibbons                             96        Australia                       1:30:26

7                      Jason Kozica                              87        Australia                       1:35:57

8                      Adam Garganis                          97        Australia                       1:37:31

9                      Dylan Richardson                      00        Australia                       1:38:44

10                    Timothy Fraser                          00        Australia                       1:40:59

11                    Alix Harlington                          99        Australia                       1:47:53

12                    Bradley Mann                           99        Australia                       1:53:41

Women’s 20km Oceania Championships

Place                Name                                       DOB     Nationality                    Time

1                      Jemima Montag                        98        Australia                       1:33:15

2                      Katie Hayward                          00        Australia                       1:34:00

3                      Beki Smith                                86        Australia                       1:35:06

4                      Alana Barber                             87        New Zealand                 1:35:52

5                      Simone McInnes                       91        Australia                       1:37:32

6                      Rachel Tallent                           93        Australia                       1:40:20

7                      Anna Cross                                99        Australia                       1:53:11

8                      Laura Langley                            97        New Zealand                 1:55:36

9                      Courtney Ruske                         94        New Zealand                 1:58:25

—                      Rozie Robinson                         90        New Zealand                 DNF

—                      Kelly Ruddick                            73        Victoria                         DNF

Link to Livestream: By 2020 Vision Podcast

Photo Credit: Athletics Australia