Hale Heading Home with Huge Posse

December 15, 2021

Tasmania’s fastest man will race his hometown carnival for the first time this summer as he leads a list of no less than 19 men to have broken 11seconds for 100m.

Sprinting superstar Jack Hale hasn’t raced in Hobart for 4 years and has never done the Hobart Bikes and Spikes.  That’ll change on December 27 when he laces up the spikes for the 100m gift at New Town.

“Being born and raised in Hobart, it’s weird that I hadn’t raced at Hobart.  Given the borders will be open, I can come see my parents for Christmas for the first time in ages and have a crack at the gift too which is ideal.

“2020 and 2021 haven’t exactly been what many athletes were hoping for and I’m no exception.  I lowered my personal best a few times in early 2020 to 10.12 then Covid hit.  Living in Melbourne has been tough for many, so I’m looking forward to going home for Christmas and racing at Hobart and Burnie.  Training has been going really well and I think I can win one of them off scratch,” 23 year old Hale declared.  

He won’t be the only speedster on the track.  Queensland’s Jake Doran will make his debut at the TasCarnivals series and comes a marked man as the guy who took Hale’s Australian Under 10 record when he ran 10.15 (+1.5) at the World U’20 Championships in 2018.  

“I’ve never raced in Tassie, so what better place than to debut in Jack’s backyard,” Doran laughed.

“Like most people, I have just been training and haven’t raced much, so it will be nice to race a few rounds at both Hobart and Burnie carnivals,” Doran added.

The impact on the Burnie New Years eve carnival has been profound with 63 entrants in the men's gift.

The field also includes Olympic decathlon medallist Ash Moloney, Stawell Gift winners Jacob Despard and Isaac Dunmall, Australian junior 100m/200m champion Calab Law, along with Australian representatives Joshua Azzopardi and Ian Halpin

A total of 19 men with personal bests of under 11seconds have entered.  The list of speedy fella’s continues, including;

  • Jack Hale – 10.12 (+1.5)
  • Jake Doran – 10.15 (+1.5)
  • Ash Moloney – 10.34 (+0.2)
  • Jacob Despard – 10.40 (+1.3)
  • Joshua Azzopardi 0 10.41 (+1.5)
  • Fejiro Omuvwie – 10.44 (+0.8)
  • Calab Law – 10.53 (+2.0)
  • Zen Clark – 10.56 (+2.0)
  • Jagga Pybus – 10.57 (+1.0)
  • Abdoulie Assim – 10.61 (-0.1)
  • Jordan Sarmento – 10.61 (-0.1)
  • Isaac Dunmall – 10.68 (+0.5)
  • Aaron Leferink – 10.83 (-0.4)
  • Ryan Tarrant – 10.86 (+0.8)
  • Ross Lovell – 10.86 (+1.1)
  • Ryan Cooper – 10.87 (+1.7)
  • Ian Halpin – 10.92 (+2.0) – also 46.39 (400m)
  • Zac Zainnedine – 10.92 (+1.6)
  • John Howe – 10.94 (+1.8)

* Please note – not all athletes are competing at all carnivals.  Hale and Doran are racing Hobart and Burnie, Olympic bronze medallist Ash Moloney is racing in Devonport and Burnie as previously announced.  

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