All roads lead to Paris 2024, and for the biggest names in Australian athletics, the Chemist Warehouse Adelaide Invitational marks an important hurdle along the way. As the opening meet of the 2024 Summer Series, the event will be fierce, the first of a high-stakes season.
Newly inaugurated into the history books, Australia’s fastest woman over 100m, the 19-year-old Torrie Lewis, will compete in her conventionally preferred 200m as the reigning national champion in both events – with New Zealand rivals Georgia Hulls and Rosie Elliot, and Australian Commonwealth medalist Ella Connolly up for the challenge.
Connolly holds a 6-1 record over Lewis in the 200m and is one of three sub-23 second women in the field alongside Hulls and Elliot – making the event an exciting showdown with Lewis.
“My favourite event these days is just what I’m doing better in. So right now, the 100m is my favourite, but maybe after this weekend the 200m can get that favourite spot back again. The field is looking really strong, the Adelaide crowd always gets behind us and the atmosphere is really great there,” Lewis said.
“I always aim for my 100m’s and 200m’s to be as good as each other, so the 200m has some catching up to do and hopefully I can get that started on the weekend.”
This Saturday is set up to be an exhilarating event. The competition continues on February 15 for the Maurie Plant Meet in Melbourne.
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