Walker wins two from two in blistering start to track season

Tom Walker has kicked off his Victorian Athletic League season in fine form, winning two races at the Terang Gift last weekend. 

Walker started second from the back in the 800 metre open race, going on to win comfortably by four seconds. 

His recent run of good form set him as the backmarker in the 1600 metre open race, but the handicap did little to halt the 17-year-old as he went on to win by two seconds.

Walker said he surprised himself a little with how well he was able to overcome his handicaps.

“Coming off my success from Easter I thought it might be a bit harder with the handicaps,” he said.

“I train six days a week so the consistency in my preparations held me in good stead for Terang. I am making sure I am having good sessions.

“I am pretty happy with how I went especially considering how soft the track was with the poor weather.”

It was the first meet of the track season for Walker who is coming off an impressive cross country season.

He has also had recent school athletics success, dominating at the School Sport Victoria track and field championships in October.

Walker’s next race will be at the Maryborough Gift on New Years Day. He will then compete in multiple state meets before preparing to defend his 1600m title at the Stawell Gift.

“Terang was a really good start for me and I hope I can keep improving,” Walker said.

“I have a lot of races in the next few months which I am really looking forward to.”

TOM WALKER’S TERANG GIFT RESULTS

800m open final: First – 1:55.784 

1600m open final: First – 4:17.852

Related coverage