JEMIMA Montag smashed her finish time that won her gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the women’s 20km race walk by a fraction under two minutes at last weekend’s Australian and Oceania Race Walking Championships in Adelaide, but setting a new PB wasn’t enough to earn her a title this time.
The Melburnian – who turns 21 this week – placed third overall and was the second-fastest Australian finisher, posting a speedy time of 1 hour, 30 minutes and 51 seconds, breaking her previous PB by 35 seconds.
She set the pace early on with 18-year-old Queensland surprise packet Katie Hayward [1:29:25], but 26-year-old Colombian Sandra Lorenas showed her class in the last few kilometres, breaking away to win.
Montag shared her feelings about her performance on social media.
“So happy to do a 20km PB and put a qualifier down for the World Championships+World Uni Games later this year.”
Maccabi Athletics Club member Jason Kozica was impressive in the men’s 20km race, finishing 7th.