Athletics Australia – Australian Track & Field Championships – SOPAC; 12-19 Apr 2021
Andres represented NSW in the U14 age group running the 100m sprint; 90m hurdles (76cm); 4x100m relay; 200m sprint
Result: 8th in 100m sprint; Bronze medal 90m hurdles; Gold medal 4x100m relay; 9th 200m sprint.
Men U14 100m sprint
Andres started off with a 3rd in his heat, qualifying 6th fastest for the final. He got a great start in the final, but was swamped in the final 30 metres to finish an extremely close 8th. There was only 0.16s between 3rd and 8th and only 0.01 seconds between 6th and 8th.
|Heat||12.43 (+0.8)||6th fastest qualifier|
|Final||12.51 (+0.1)||8th place|
|7th||Benjamin Blecher||VIC||12.51 (12.501)|
|8th||Andres Hampel||NSW||12.51 (12.506)|
Men U14 90m hurdles 76cm
Andres easily won his heat and was 3rd fastest qualifier for the final. He ran a good PB in the final to win the Bronze medal.
|Heat||13.68 (-0.8)||3rd fastest qualifer|
|Final||13.21 (+1.8); PB||Bronze medal|
Men U14 4x100m relay
The NSW team got together for the first time only 2 hours before the relay to practice their baton passes – but a well executed race saw them take the gold medal. It helped that all four runners were finalists in the 100m sprint – it was a very well balanced team and they gave 4th runner Max enough of a lead to hold off a very fast finishing Josh Lobo from ACT who dominated in the 100m and 200m sprints.
Team members: Tahj Hamilton; Yahya Ali; Andres Hampel; Max Marshall; (Dane Stewart and Xavier Perry reserves)
|Straight final||48.36||Gold medal & National Champions|
|1st||NSW||Tahj Hamilton; Yahya Ali; Andres Hampel; Max Marshall||48.36|
|2nd||ACT||Benjamin Batten, Blake Deery, Sam Rizzuto, Joshua Lobo||48.80|
|3rd||VIC||Zander Zurawel, Oliver Riseeuw, Max McCool, Arki Butler||54.02|
Men U14 200m sprint
Andres ran a good PB in the heat but was unfortunately placed in the fast heat and so despite being 8th fastest, he missed the final. Running in the first heat would have seen him easily automatically qualify. Such is the breaks in athletics sometimes.
|Heat||25.67 (+2.6); PB||8th fastest, but did not qualify for the final (9th place overall)|