Pearson scores triple victory as curtain falls on Melbourne’s Olympic Park
Melbourne, Australia - Mitchell Watt set a stadium record with the very last jump of the very last Long Jump competition. Sally Pearson completed a treble of women’s national titles for the first time in over 40 years. Tamsyn Lewis won the last race of the championships to give her a double and take her tally of national titles to 17.
Unavoidably, the final day (17) of the final Australian championships to be held at Olympic Park was a day of nostalgia and history. It ended with a “Last Lap of the Park’, with virtually the entire crowed – including Australia’s senior International Olympic Committee member, Kevan Gosper, Steve Hooker and Pam Ryan – walking a lap of the track.
But it was also a day for the future, personified in the form of 17-year-old Steve Solomon who ran his third major race in Melbourne for the season and had his biggest victory when he took the 400m in a massive personal best of 45.58.