Australia’s latest sprint sensation Torrie Lewis is now focusing on a Trans-Tasman showdown in Melbourne this month.
The former Newcastle high school student and Macquarie Hunter Athletics Club member was crowned the nation’s fastest woman in history at the weekend, surpassing both Melissa Breen’s 11.11 Australian and Raelene Boyle’s 11.20 Australian under-20 records.
Next up, the teenager faces a white-hot battle with New Zealand’s sub-11-second runner Zoe Hobbs at the Maurie Plant Meet at Lakeside Stadium on 15 February.
Fresh from clocking 11.10 at the ACT State Championships, the 19-year-old is turning her attention to the 2024 Chemist Warehouse Summer Series – bound for Oceania’s only World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meet in Melbourne.
“The Maurie Plant Meet was one of the best meetings I raced in last year,” Lewis said.
“The crowd was so excited to be there.
“It was definitely one of the more interactive meets I’ve ever raced in.
“It’s been a pretty crazy few days with all the excitement, but I’m keen to get back to work and focus on breaking that record again.”
Lewis will be challenged by Oceania recordholder Hobbs, who owns a 10.96 personal best.
“It’s going to be really fun to run against someone who has run sub-11,” she said.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to stick with her most of the way and she can pull me through.
“It would be so exciting to go lower and get the Olympic qualifier [11.07].”
Trans-Tasman rival Hobbs has proven to be a regular highlight of the Australian summer circuit in recent years, with the classy competitor welcoming the competition as she makes the trip across the ditch.
“I’m looking forward to Melbourne’s Maurie Plant Meet in a couple weeks’ time,” she said.
“It’s one of few 100m races I will be competing in over this domestic season.
“I didn’t get to line up in last year’s event but can’t wait to be in among the buzz of the event this year.
“Hats off to Torrie who has already kicked off the season setting the bar high. “It’s always exciting to see women in our sport smashing records and definitely makes for an exciting race.”
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