NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder Jessica Hull has created another piece of history on her way to the Paris Olympics.

Hull’s record-breaking heroics headlined a busy weekend for Australian athletics, with the Olympic star racing to the world’s sixth fastest short track 3000m performance in history to lead the way for fierce competition all around the world.  

The Albion Park local continued her white-hot start to 2024 with the sixth fastest short track 3000m time in history, roaring to victory in a new Australian and Oceania record of 8:24.93 in Boston.

Breaking away with US rival Elle St Pierre on the 200m circuit, Hull made the winning move in the final lap to clinch the win and qualify for the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships to be held in Glasgow from March 1-3.

Until now the convention has been that what were previously “indoor” now “short track” performances that were superior to Australian “outdoor” records were recognised as the Australian Record.

However, with the considerable changes in indoor track construction, the improvements in shoe technologies and World Athletics’ introduction of the competition and rules concept of Short Track, Athletics Australia will undertake a review into whether it remains appropriate for marks achieved in short track competition to be recognised as national records other than as short track national records. It is anticipated that this review will be completed by 29 February 2024 and any determinations made would be operable as from 1 January 2024.

Article courtesy of Athletics Australia

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