Mulwala’s Isabel Long has been triumphant at the 2018 Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney, taking out Gold in the Under 18 400m Hurdles in a personal best time of 62.12 seconds.
Although, it wasn’t an easy win with a surge from Susie Douglas forcing Isabel to charge forward, just holding on to win by a mere 0.02 of a second.
This title made back to back Australian titles for the Mulwala youngster after she took out the same event in the under 17s category last year.
More than 3000 track and field athletes of all ages competed in the Championships, with the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre hosting the inaugural combined Junior and Open aged championships for able-bodied and para-athletes recently.
Isabel’s mother Sue said it was exciting watching the end of the race but she is very happy and proud of the result.
“It was heart in the mouth stuff,” Sue said.
“It was extraordinary and nerve-wracking at the same time seeing how close to the line the race was coming.
“Isabel was around a metre and a half in front but being a tough race it doesn’t really start until the straight but if it was another five metres she might have been pipped at the post.”
The win is even more bittersweet for Isabel and Sue after Isabel suffered a quad injury only four months ago and had only ran twice before the nationals.
After competing with Yarrawonga Little Athletics and Shepparton Little Athletics, Isabel now trains and competes for Diamond Valley Athletics Club in Melbourne but runs most days at either Vic Park or the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
When Isabel spoke to the Chronicle last year after her under 17s win she told of her love of running and athletics and how she is aware it is one of her callings.
“Running is something I can do and knowing that I am working hard to achieve a better time or to reach a certain training goal is a good feeling,” Isabel said.
“I don’t know how far I will go or what I will do in the future but I know I have the support of my family so whatever happens they will be behind me.”