Teenage star added to field for gift

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Up and coming teenage sprinter Riley Day has been named to compete at next month’s Westrac Bunbury Geographe Gift at the Bunbury Recreation Ground.

The 17-year-old joins a host of big names to enter the race, with Day to take to the track in the short form distances.

Day burst onto the scene in 2016 when she won the 100m and 200m sprints at the Australian All Schools Championships, before she was selected for Team Australia at the Coles Nitro Athletics Melbourne event, where she faced off against Usain Bolt in the second leg of the mixed 4x100m relay.

At the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Day won gold in the 200m in a time of 23.42, as well as silver in the 100m (11.59).

Day told the South Western Times that she was excited to race in her first gift.

“I have only really run in my high school gift, which was not very special,” she said.

“It is going to be really exciting for me.

“It (a gift) pushes you. Especially if you are at the back.

“It will be about going out there and having some fun. I will just run as fast as I can.”

Day said she had been running since her parents took her to little athletics.

“I will be 18 by the time I am running in Bunbury, so it will be about 10 years,” she said.

Day said she hoped to use the gift as preparation for the World Under-20 Athletics Championships.

“Hopefully I can use it as some positive training,” she said.

Day said she was excited about her Commonwealth Games next month.

“It is exciting to run in front of my home town,” she said.

Day said to race against Bolt was one of her career highlights.

“I was gobsmacked to run against one of the greatest athletes of all time,” she said.

“Not many can say they have ran against the best.”

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