18-year-old Kurt Mulcahy left for Bangkok yesterday to train for the World Athletics Championships in Osaka in September.
18-year-old Kurt Mulcahy left for Bangkok yesterday to train for the World Athletics Championships in Osaka in September.

SPEED DEMON TAKES ON THE WORLD

By Steve Spinks

MULLUMBIMBY'S Kurt Mulcahy will travel more than 20,000km in the next few weeks just to make a journey of 400m. But it's the 400m of a lifetime.

Mulcahy stunned himself, his family and his coach earlier this year when he qualified for the 4 x 400m relay team to compete at this month's World Athletics Championships in Japan. He's only 18.

Mulcahy made the team despite the fact he trains on a grass track, doesn't do weights, and has no special diet.

He left Mullum yesterday for Bangkok, Thailand, for a training camp with the Australian squad before heading to Osaka for the championships which runs from August 20 to September 2.

"It's all happened pretty fast," Mulcahy said. "This was supposed to be a quiet year."

Far from being overawed by the occasion, the Year 12 Mullumbimby High School student is embracing the opportunity to run against the best athletes in the world.

"I'm really looking at this meet at just gaining experience," Mulcahy said. "I'm really focusing on the world juniors (under-20s) next year and making the Olympic team."

Kurt's success will lead to some major changes at the Mulcahy household during the next couple of weeks.

"We are going to have to%do something about the TV aerial," chuckled Kurt's mother Roslyn.

"At the moment our SBS picture looks like there are seven people on the screen when there is only one." The race is on September 1.

"It's not all glitzy like you might think," Mulcahy said. "I'm not going for a holiday. I'm going there to train and race."

It seems for Mulcahy, the journey has only just begun.



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