Willetton race walker Declan Tingay breaks records at IAAF U20 World Championships

Declan Tingay. Photo: Jon Hewson
Declan Tingay. Photo: Jon Hewson

DECLAN Tingay’s name continues to soar in athletic circles after a dominant display at the recent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) U20 World Championships in Finland.

The Willetton resident’s fourth place finish in July 14th’s 10,000m race walking event was the best for an Australian in more than two decades.

His time of 40:49.72 set a new national and Oceania record for the U20 age group, breaking the previous time of 41:02.18 set by Olympic medallist Dane Bird-Smith in 2011.

China’s Yao Zhang won the race in 40:32.06, ahead of competitors from Ecuador, Guatamala and Tingay.

Tingay said he was happy with his performance.

“I’ve been focussing a lot on my technique for the past five weeks and I think it all came together,” he said.

After the competition Tingay spent a week in Japan as he continues to stake his claim for selection to Australia’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic team.