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Jake Doran officially became Australia’s newest sprint sensation when he set a new national U20 record in Jamasankoski, Finland in July. Doran ran 10.15s with a legal +1.5s wind to break Jack Hale’s previous best-mark of 10.21s. That time puts Doran as the equal sixth fastest Australian male in history over the distance, and the second fastest junior in the world this year.
The feat was made more remarkable given the fact Doran had a terrible run of injuries in the 12 months preceding that run. Two lumbar stress fractures cruelled the Townsville sprinter’s 2017/18 domestic season and ruled him out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games trials and the Australian Junior National Championships where he would have competed for selection for the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships.
Remarkably, off just 12 weeks preparation in June, Jake returned to the track to run 10.69s at the All-Comers meet in Townsville. The performance convinced national selectors that Jake should be elevated as a late addition into the 4x100m relay team, to contest the World U20s in Tampere. Then, following his record-breaking run in Finland, he got the nod for an individual 100m run, heading into the meet with the third fastest time on provisional entries behind American Anthony Schwartz who ran a 10.09s in June 2018.
In September, Jake ran the anchor leg for the Asia Pacific 4x100m relay team at the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup, finishing with a bronze medal. It was his second podium at an international meet, having won gold as part of the 4x100m mixed relay at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017.
His coach, two-time Olympian, and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Paul Di Bella is extremely optimistic about Doran’s potential to challenge the best sprinters in the world. And Athletics Australia agrees having offered Jake a National Athlete Support Structure (NASS) Membership. The program provides funding for emerging athletes and their personal coaches to attend Squad Camps at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Jake Doran is one of the most exciting prospects in a very promising period for Australian athletics. Male sprinters typically don’t peak until they are between 23 and 30 years of age. Given Jake has done what he has an 18-year-old, this prodigious talent has a very bright future ahead of him.