Lincoln getting better for world junior bid
By David Lems
WORLD junior championships prospect Lincoln Cory felt better, literally, after winning three silver medals at the recent national titles in Sydney.
In setting personal bests in shotput and discus, the Walloon-based athlete showed he was on target for two major overseas events next year.
However, what pleased Lincoln most was maintaining his consistent form at the All Schools Australian Championships after battling glandular fever before the meeting.
"I've been a bit sick all year," the 16-year-old said, having missed three weeks of school at Brisbane Boys College.
"I'm getting better now.
"I've done pretty well for being sick."
Lincoln's under 17 personal bests in Sydney came in the shotput (17.11m) and discus (53.08). His third silver came in the high jump (1.96m).
Although he'd won a golden treble in his under 14, under 15 and under 16 events at previous nationals, Lincoln said the higher standard and his illness setback made it harder to emulate his earlier feats.
"Under 17 is a lot more competitive than last year," he said.
Having just had a short holiday in Darwin, he'll enjoy a quiet time over Christmas before refocusing on two major events. The world juniors in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in July are a stepping stone to the Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.
Lincoln is also preparing for a major youth competition in India next year.
"I'm getting there," he said of his steady progress, which included adding 70cm to his shot and four metres to his discus efforts.
"That (the world juniors) is what I've been working on for about 12 months."
Next year he expects to test himself having to throw a 6kg shotput (instead of 5kg) and a 1.75kg discus (up from 1.5kg.
Although he hasn't got a favourite event, Lincoln said the high jump helped his throwing disciplines.
Ipswich and District Athletic Club president Vic Pascoe rates Lincoln one of the region's most exciting competitors.
"He's almost a senior athlete now," Pascoe said.
"As a junior, he's one of the tops.
"He's got a coach in Mick Moore whose trying to just get him to do everything right."
Moore has been working with Lincoln on his throws.
However, remarkably, Lincoln continues to win medals in the high jump with no specialised assistance.
Lincoln thanked his parents Stacey and David for their support. The rising athlete also appreciated the efforts of Moore.