Rochelle defies injury to finish top 10 at Youth Olympics
IPSWICH club athlete Rochelle Vidler finished 10th overall at the Youth Olympic Games after injuring her back before the competition in Buenos Aires.
Vidler, 17, threw the hammer 60.76m to come 11th during the qualification round. That was only a few metres short of her personal best 63.89m. After receiving physiotherapy to ease her soreness, she came 12th on the final day with a 56.45m throw.
Under the Youth Olympic Games points system, that secured the Ipswich Girls' Grammar School year 12 student a creditable top 10 finish overall at the major international event.
In the final, Vidler made a nervous start with a few fouls before showing her determination to complete the competition despite her back troubles.
The Ipswich and District Athletic Club thrower will now target the 2020 World U20 Championships, having gained valuable experience in South America.
Australia finished seventh on the medal table after 13 of the country's best 16 and 17 year old athleties combined to win five medals. At the previous two Youth Olympics, Aussie athletes won four medals in 2010 and six medals four years ago.