Overnight at the World Junior Championships in Barcleona, Sydney University Athletics Club (SUAC) member Nicholas Hough produced an Australian and Oceania Junior record to place 2nd in the 110m hurdles behind Cuban Yordan.L. O’ Farill.
Hough’s performance is the best by an Australian in recent times over the sprint hurdles; to put things into perspective Kyle Vander-Kyup finished 3rd at the same event in 1990 and Sally Peasron was 4th in 2004 in the women’s version.
Hough’s time slashed more than a tenth of a second off his own Australian Junior record he set in Germany a fortnight ago – impressively his time was posted into a headwind.
Hough, a Sydney University Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder (B. IT & B. Law), will contest the 4×100 relay over the weekend with the Australian team looking a strong chance to secure a medal.