PB for Montag at nationals

Jemima Montag (right) in action at the 2019 Australian and Oceania 20km Race Walking Championships in Adelaide. Photo: Instagram

JEMIMA Montag smashed her finish time that won her gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the women’s 20km race walk by a fraction under two minutes at last weekend’s Australian and Oceania Race Walking Championships in Adelaide, but setting a new PB wasn’t enough to earn her a title this time.

The Melburnian – who turns 21 this week – placed third overall and was the second-fastest Australian finisher, posting a speedy time of 1 hour, 30 minutes and 51 seconds, breaking her previous PB by 35 seconds.

She set the pace early on with 18-year-old Queensland surprise packet Katie Hayward [1:29:25], but 26-year-old Colombian Sandra Lorenas showed her class in the last few kilometres, breaking away to win.

Montag shared her feelings about her performance on social media.

“So happy to do a 20km PB and put a qualifier down for the World Championships+World Uni Games later this year.”

Maccabi Athletics Club member Jason Kozica was impressive in the men’s 20km race, finishing 7th.

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Montag (left) at the medal ceremony.