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Hunter product Torrie Lewis books Olympic berth


Hunter product Torrie Lewis is bound for her Olympic Games debut following another stunning performance in the Bahamas.

The former Newcastle schoolgirl anchored the Australian women’s 4x100m relay team with a record-breaking effort in the opening round of the World Athletics Relay Championships in Nassau.

Nineteen-year-old Lewis, Queenslander Bree Masters and NSW duo Ella Connolly and Ebony Lane automatically advanced to the final with a time of 42.83 seconds.

With the top 14 teams at the end of the event locking in their spot for Paris, the girls’ milestone achievement not only breaks a two-decade Olympic hiatus for the “green and gold” but also signals a new era for Australian sprinting on the world stage.

Despite the smooth exchanges between Lane and Masters, then to Connolly and Lewis, the run was not without its drama.

However, the former Macquarie Hunter Athletics Club member powered to the finish line against the strength of Germany and Cote D’Ivoire, claiming second.

While the German quartet captured first place, only a photo finish could separate Lewis from global medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou-Smith.

And, following a nervous wait, the Australians breathed out a sigh of relief, which quickly turned into celebrations as the team realised its historic feat.

“I saw three people leave at the same time… and I was like ‘oh my god, we have to run’,” Lewis said.

“Then I saw Ta Lou-Smith go past and then we were fine.

“Now, we’re going to the Olympics.”

Lewis’ teammates were equally ecstatic.

“I’m so speechless,” Masters said.

“I had full faith that we could do it, but we actually did it and it’s just wild.

“To have that automatic Olympic qualification is so, so exciting.”

“I think we all had a lot of trust in each other,” Connolly added.

“So, we said, you know what, let’s just relax.

“We’ve done the work and we’ve done this a million times.

“Let’s just go do this and qualify for the Olympics together.”

It was a similar story for the men’s 4×100 team, but Sebastian Sultana, Jacob Despard, Calab Law and Joshua Azzopardi finished third behind Canada and Jamaica, with a photo finish separating the combatants.

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