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Gold, gold and silver for Matilda

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Matilda with her impressive medal haul from the state championships. Photo Fernanda Vial.

Mullumbimby’s Matilda Vial has confirmed her pedigree as a top-class athlete after winning two gold and a silver medal at the Queensland State championships held before Easter.

Matilda started the weekend in fine form leading the long jump with a distance of 4.24 metres, until the very last competitor nudged her into second place with a leap just one centimetre longer at 4.25m.

Matilda backed up on the Saturday evening becoming the Queensland U/11 100m sprint champion after delivering her personal best ever time of 13.61.

She went into the 100m final with the best qualifying time of 13.78.

But more gold was to come on Sunday, in the 200m sprint.

Matilda again qualified fastest with a time of 29.17, and again blitzed the final, producing another personal best time of 28.01 to take first place and her second gold medal.

On the back of this success she also qualified third fastest for the 60m hurdles, but missed out on the medals, finishing fifth.

Last year Matilda came away from the championships with two silver medals and a bronze.


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