𝟰𝟱𝘁𝗵 𝗛𝘆𝗽𝗼 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗼̈𝘁𝘇𝗶𝘀
Over 20 nations took part in the 45th Hypomeeting competition - considered a mecca for multi-eventers and where earlier this month announced as a recipient of an IAAF Heritage Plaque at the same event that lauded the Stawell Gift. The town of just 10,000 people located in the west of Austria has hosted the world's best for 45 years and produces some of the best competitions outside of major championships
World under-20 decathlon champion and still a teenager, 𝗔𝘀𝗵 𝗠𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 almost scored an upset over the national champion and training partner, 𝗖𝗲𝗱𝗿𝗶𝗰 𝗗𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗲𝗿, leading his compatriot until the final event. Ash Moloney has broken his Australian U20 record and achieves the seventh best U20 decathlon in history. Adapting well to the senior implements, he also has become the fifth best Australian senior ever. Moloney set PBs in the 100m (10.41), 110 hurdles (14.24) and javelin 56.19m. Moloney finished13th place overall and awarded "Rookie of the Year" - awarded to the top two young athletes with the best performance of the meet.
Cedric Dubler also provided an impressive result, placing eighth with his second-best career score of 8185 points. He ran a PB in the last event, the 1500m but unfortunately fell just 15 points (or 2.3 seconds in the 1500m) short of a Doha World Championships Qualifier.
Also in action was 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝗰𝗰𝗶 in the heptathlon. She opened the competition well with a personal best of 13.02 seconds in the 100m hurdles to move to equal fifth on the Australian all-time list and edged her closer to the Doha world championships standard of 12.98 seconds. Unfortunately, the second day didn't go as well for the 19-year-old Victorian, and therefore, Mucci did not start the final event, the 800m.