Olympic Sprinter Ella Nelson
Ella Nelson made a stunning debut at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The 23 year-old finished agonisingly close to a finals berth on sports’ biggest stage in the women’s 200m sprint. The Sutherland Shire local showed blistering speed, slingshotting off the bend and down the home straight in a personal-best time of 22.50s – the fastest 200m run by an Australian woman since Melinda Gainsford-Taylor in the 200m final at the Sydney Olympic Games. Ironically, 6 year-old Ella Nelson witnessed that historic night in Sydney 16 years earlier, planting the seed for her own Olympic ambitions.
Ella Nelson is without doubt the most exciting sprint prospect in Australian athletics since the golden era of Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Cathy Freeman. Nelson has now set her sights on the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
With one of the best negative splits in the world and a long, flowing running gait likened to the great Cathy Freeman, all of a sudden Australia has a track superstar who is a genuine medal contender on the international stage.