Emerging over the last two years, Brisbane sprinter Alex Hartmann is now the fastest 200m sprinter Australia has had for nine years.
He won the sprint double at the 2016 National Championships, the first athlete to achieve this in three years. Having previously secured the Olympic qualifier in the 200m, he booked his ticket to Rio in the event with the national title and will now go in search of the 100m Olympic qualifying time.
Hartmann did Little Athletics as a toddler but didn’t get serious in the sport until he was 16 when he met his coach Travis Venema and has progressed steadily ever since. He placed fourth in the 100m and third in the 200m at the 2012 Australian Junior Championships.
Hartmann was selected as a reserve for the men’s 4x100m relay team for the inaugural World Relay Championships in 2014 where he would eventually run after an injury. He would head to the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a reserve but did not get a run in Glasgow.
He won his first senior national title in 2015 when he took out the 200m event at the Australian Championships while also finishing second in the 100m.
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Elizabeth Vale, SA, Australia
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 1st (200m) - 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (100m) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (200m) – 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Melbourne, Australia)
- 1st (200m) – 2016 Queensland Championships (Brisbane, Australia)
- 1st (200m) - 2015 Australian Championships (Brisbane, Australia)
- Running a personal best time and my first Olympic qualifier for the 200m sprint in Canberra in February 2016.
- Experiencing my first international competition in 2012 at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona.
- Competing in the 4x100m relay at the first ever IAAF World Relay Championships held in the Bahamas in 2014.
- Boondall State School
- Aspley State High School
- Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness and a Diploma in Business - MAX Fitness College - Brisbane (2011)
Travis Venema (2009 - current)
Maroochy Athletics Club, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
Queensland Academy of Sport
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Warm Choc-Lava Cake!
- Favourite holiday destination
- Definitely the Bahamas!
- Favourite music
- Rap, EDM
- Dream car
- Chevrolet Camero, Ford Mustang, Nissan GTR, McLaren P1 - too many to list!
- Personal Motto
- Dream. Believe. Work Hard. Achieve.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A tasty tasty burrito
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Usain Bolt's outrageous 100m Final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics!
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching the opening ceremony and the swimming on TV with my parents as a kid
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Probably Mum and Dad
- Why this sport?
- Because it's my passion. I love moving fast and I love the challenge of training to push past your previous limits!