Two top 10 finishes for Australian skater
Sixteen year-old Australian short track speed skater, Deanna Lockett, has finished a brilliant seventh in the World Cup event in Shanghai, China, today.
The AIS scholarship athlete’s performance is the best ever result for an Australian her age, and strengthens her claims as one of the skaters to watch heading towards the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
Skating in the 1000m event, Lockett, from Queensland, finished second in the B Final, just over a tenth of a second behind Korea’s Kim Dam Min, giving her an overall placing of seventh.
Earlier in the meet the teenager also placed a brilliant 10th in the 1500m after finishing fourth in the B Final.
Australian team coach, Ann Zhang, was thrilled with her young charge’s form, which culminated in a career best result.
“Most of the coaches are remarking that Deanna is one of the skaters who can still push hard on the final lap,” Zhang said.
“Her attitude and her form has again been incredibly impressive in China this weekend.”
Other AIS skaters competing included Julie Jung who finished in 12th place in the 500m, Pierre Boda 23rd in the 500m, Lachlan Hay 29th in the 1500m and Ronald Caldecutt who placed 29th in the second 500m event. AIS visiting scholarship athlete Armstorng Lazenby finished in 26th place in the second 500 metre event.
Lockett will lead the Australian team as a potential medallist at the World Junior Championships to be held in Melbourne at the Icehouse, Docklands, from February 24 to 26 in 2012. This will be the first Speed Skating World Championships to be held in Melbourne.