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Newcastle-raised sprint star Lewis races into next challenge

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Former Newcastle student, and Australia’s fastest woman, Torrie Lewis will return to the scene of her record-breaking triumph next month.

The St Paul’s Primary School Gateshead and St Mary’s Catholic College Gateshead pupil is set to contest the Chemist Warehouse Canberra Track Classic on Saturday 2 March.

And, the ex-Macquarie Hunter Athletics Club member enters the fray fit and firing, keen to bolster her Paris Olympic campaign.

The teen stole the show at the ACT Open and Under-20 Championships in January, stunning the athletics world when clocking a blistering time of 11.10 to rewrite the national history books.

Lewis, 19, etched her name into the annals of Australian sprinting royalty next to previous holders Melissa Breen (11.11) and Melinda Gainsford-Taylor (11.12).

She’s now eyeing another stellar performance at the Australian Institute of Sport, having also surpassed Raelene Boyle’s under-20 record of 11.20 from 1968.

“There’s nothing more exciting than running fast times,” stated Lewis, reflecting on her season opener.

“Every time I step on the track now, I’m wanting to improve upon that record.

“I have nothing but happy memories from Canberra now.

“So, I’m looking forward to going back to that track and getting another fast time on the board.”

The teenage sensation will face an all-Australian line-up in her quest to achieve the 11.07 qualifying standard for the 2024 Olympic Games.

The race features three of the fastest top-10 Australian women in history, including Naa Anang (11.20) and Bree Masters (11.23), as they join the likes of Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mia Gross and World Championships representative Kristie Edwards for the dash down the straight.

The Chemist Warehouse Canberra Track Classic will take place from 2pm on Saturday 2 March and is the third one-day meet within the series.

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