Big things are expected of Jaryd Clifford (Philo Saunders) every time steps on the track - and the T13 dual world champion delivers without fail.
Clifford lowered his own 1500m T13 world’s best for the second time in a month on Thursday night at the Victorian Milers Club, when clocking a remarkable 3:44.36 over the journey to further etch his name into the history books.
While the result is an unofficial world record given the meet wasn’t an IPC sanctioned event, the performance makes Clifford the fastest ambulant Paralympian ever – and at only 21-years-old, it may just be the tip of the iceberg for this tenacious competitor.
The women’s 1500m was taken out by another VIS scholarship holder, Georgia Hansen (Coach: Stephen Ellinghaus) in a time of 4:20.10, with fellow VIS athlete Catriona Bisset (Coach: Peter Fortune) opening her account for 2021 with a third place finish and a time of 4:24.34.
Meanwhile in Victoria, Bendigo’s ‘5km Frenzy’ women’s title was won by Ellie Pashley (Julian Spencer) in a time of 16:08.63.
Competition is set to heat up again next weekend right through until Tuesday, 26th January at the Zatopek:10.