Beijing within reach but Bydgozscz will do for now

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au FORMER Mullumbimby 400m runner Kurt Mulcahy was yesterday selected in the Australian team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The Championships, which is for athletes under 20 years of age, will be held in the Polish city in July and are seen as a major stepping stone for future Olympians.

For Mulcahy - who still hasn't given up on qualifying for the Beijing Olympics as part of the 4x400m relay squad - it will be the second time he contests the event.

The 18-year-old first ran in the Under-20 World Championships in China in 2006.

The announcement comes during a hectic period for the Australian Institute of Sport-based runner.

Mulcahy qualified for the Australian team by winning the 200m and 400m races at the Australian Youth Championships last month.

In the 200m he ran a smart time of 21.58 seconds while in the 400m he ran 46.89s to win by more than a second.

In the 400m heats he came up against former Mullumbimby clubmate Michael Ensor.

Ensor finished third in the heats but his time of 52.51s was not enough to see him qualify for the final.

Next month, Mulcahy hopes to head to Japan for a grand prix event which will go some way to determine if he qualifies for the Olympic team.

A team of 26 athletes have been selected for the Junior World Championships.

Pole vaulter Vicky Parnov - whose aunty is Sydney Olympic silver medallist pole vaulter,

Tatiana Grigorieva - along with Mulcahy is the only other member of the team that has competed in a previous World Junior Championship.

Parnov is still considered a chance of making the Olympic team.

The World Junior team leaves for Bydgoszcz on July 2 after a pre-departure camp and competition on the Gold Coast.

The Championships will be held in Poland from July 8 to 13.

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