Cherrybrook Athletics Club's hopes high for Barcelona

CHERRYBROOK Athletics Club members will be glued to their computer screens this week to cheer on three of their club's athletes at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships in Spain.

Shelly Jenneke, Jenny Blundell and Ben Jaworski are members of a strong national team squad of 59 ready to compete against the world's best junior athletes in Barcelona.

Jenneke, one of Australia's big gold medal hopes for the championships, gained automatic entry after winning silver in the 100 metre hurdles at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Blundell is entering her third consecutive international tournament, having competed at the Youth Olympic Games (1000 metres) and the World Youth Championships in France (800 metres).

This time Blundell has qualified for the 1500 metre category after dominating at six world junior qualification meets.

For Jaworski this will be his first international tournament after qualifying for the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metre relay team.

All three club teammates joined each other in Manheim, Germany, for a warm-up tournament at the Bauhaus Junioren Gala.

Battling windy conditions all three progressed to a final each where Blundell and Jenneke finished with silver medals, while Jaworski won a bronze medal in the boys' 4 x 100 metre event.

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