Riley Day drawing on Nitro Athletics experience in bid to qualify for Commonwealth Games

Hundreds of thousands of spectators have today
discovered the tickets they’ve successfully secured
for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with
tickets to be awarded across every single GC2018
competition session.

Queensland sprint star Riley Day. Picture: Adam Head

RILEY Day is officially a sprint starlet on P plates
since her run-in with track king Usain Bolt enlivened her
with something far more valuable than obsessing over
technique or race pressure.

“Having fun with it all is lost sometimes by sports people but
that experience just told me how important it is,” Day said.

Pink nail polish and bright orange toenails suggest the smiling
teen from Beaudesert in Queensland is lapping up the lesson to
the full in the Bahamas.

The track hopeful is the blue-chip performer among the 75 young
Aussie up-and-comers who have landed on the Caribbean island
for the Youth Commonwealth Games.

Day was an unknown to all but athletics insiders until a
memorable night in Melbourne last summer when Bolt appeared for
the mixed 4 x 100m relay at the revolutionary Nitro Athletics
meet that engaged more than 7000 fans.

Queensland sprint star Riley Day. Picture: Adam Head

Queensland sprint star Riley
Day. Picture: Adam Head
Source:News Corp Australia

It was Day, still 16, who was up against the eight-time Olympic
gold medallist with wings on his heels on a pulsating night of
extrovert expression,

“I’ve been asked about that race, that night with Usain Bolt,
more times than I can count,” Day said.

“He was amazing, he congratulated me and I just tried to take
in the experience.

“I’m someone who lives in the moment and definitely if there’s
another moment with Nitro in Melbourne this summer I’d love to
be there again. It was the best thing.”

Day’s slick 23.26 sec best for the 200m is already inside the B
qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in
April and her legs and energy have an A qualifier of 23.10 in
them for sure.

Usain Bolt at Nitro Athletics. Picture: Getty

Usain Bolt at Nitro Athletics.
Picture: Getty
Source:Getty Images

She earned her P plates on her first attempt on the bustling
streets of Beaudesert just after her 17th birthday in March.

It only highlights how young this new face of Australian
sprinting really is because she’s taken another week off school
from Beaudesert High to race in the Bahamas.

“There was so much to take out of the Nitro event, running in
front of a massive crowd for the first time for one thing,” Day
said.

“Being lucky enough to compete in the Bahamas as part of a big
Australian team is valuable for international experience and it
would be so good if I could run well enough over the months
ahead to qualify for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

“If I don’t I’ll definitely go and watch because a home crowd
on the Gold Coast will be so good.”

Day’s improvement suggests she’ll be making the team just fine
and there’ll be thousands watching her.

Originally published as
Success coming fast for sprint sensation

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