Sports · August 5, 2022

Australian Calab Law wins bronze in the 200m of the Under 20 World Championship

Australia – we may have just found our next sprint superstar.

Australian 200m star Calab Law took bronze at the Under 20 World Athletics Championships in Cali Colombia, setting a time of 20.48 in the final and climbing to the podium.

Stream over 50 sports live and on demand with Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now>

It was a hot final when Israeli Blessing Akawasi Afrifah took gold ahead of Botswana’s Lesile Tebogo, who both posted times of 19.96 seconds, making them the third under 20 sprinters of the fastest 200 meters in history. Afrifah claimed gold by 0.006 seconds in the photofinish time, but both were awarded the championship record time.

Time was just 0.03 seconds slower than world record holder Usain Bolt’s 200-meter world record under 20 time of 19.93 seconds and 18-year-old World Championships silver medalist Erriyon Knighton of 19.49 seconds as the fastest under 20 time on 200 meters ever.

Tebogo had set the world record under 20 in the 100 meters at the start of the match, running 9.91 in the final to beat his own record.

Though well outside the world record time, Law took the bronze, bouncing off a slow star to land on the podium.

Law had set a personal best time of 20.42 in the semifinals, the second best time under 20 on 200m in the history of Australia, behind only Aiden Murphy’s 20.41 set at the South Australian State Championships in February.

The 200m has traditionally not been a fort for Australia

Athletics historian David Tarbotton revealed that it was only Australia’s fifth international medal in the 200m and second in the U20 world after Steve McBain’s bronze in 1986.

Murphy also made the semifinals in Cali, but set the 11th fastest time and missed the final, despite coming to the event as a strong hope for the medal.

But Law took home the bronze with a brilliant performance to solidify his reputation as one of Australia’s great sprint prospects.

“I was so tempted to look over my shoulder because I didn’t really feel anyone next to me. I knew the two guys were up front, but I wasn’t sure at all – I had to wait to see my name up there, ”Law told Athletics Australia.

“The medal for me is like another step, it’s the next level. When I enter my Open season, I will be better than ever. “

At just 18, Law is set to get faster, which could be the perfect time for the Victorian Commonwealth Games in 2026.

A proud indigenous man from the Wakka Wakka tribe in northern Queensland, Law said he was inspired by those who came before him.

“My all time favorite sprinter is Cathy Freeman. She was the best: so smooth, so relaxed, so long. I always try to replicate the way she runs, but she’s too perfect, ”Law said.

“My aunt was an amazing sprinter, Aunt Karla, she trained me when I was 12. They are all Wakka Wakka indigenous people, my tribe is from North Queensland and they would all be really happy – they were watching me on the big screen.”

Last month, Law raced at the World Championships, making it to the semifinals but finishing as the 21st fastest.

Originally published as Aussie Calab Law wins the under 20 world championship in the 200m bronze