First amongst equals

Middle distance running champion Timas Harik  who has been supported by Sports Without Borders since he was 14 has added another title to his ever-growing collection of wins. He overcame new rule changes to win the Under 18 800m at the Victorian schoolboys championship, adding to his Under 17 800m and 1500m wins earlier this year at the Australian Club Championships on 13 March 2010.

The new ruling that put him in the under 18 category didn’t bother Timas as he ran away with the 800m sprinting past everybody in the last 100m to take the win easily.

His later run in the 1500m in windswept conditions was a commendable performance considering he was the only runner to have run in the 800m earlier in the day. Obviously he was not as fresh as some competitors and came sixth.

His next event is the Australian Schoolboys Championship is to be held on December 4th at Melbourne at Doncaster Athletics Track. One of Timas’ competitors in Victoria, Freddie Ovett son of Olympic long distance champion Steve Ovett,  has chosen not run in the 800m and 1500m leaving the door wide open for Timas at the Australian Schoolboys.

His coach Peter Kehoe says he will have to watch out for interstate competitors, but loves his chances. “Timas has a habit of winning when it matters as proven by his amazing wins at big events.”

Over the summer, Peter is aiming to improve Timas’ times further by two seconds by putting him in some faster races in open club competition to build towards his World Youth Championships assault, in March 2011.

For more information on Timas Harik, read his hero story.