A brilliant second place in the national 400 metre championship by teenager Jessica Thornton, helped her secure selection in the 4x400m relay team for Rio. Thornton clocked 52.33, to just miss an individual 400m qualifier for Rio. She will make her Olympic debut in Rio as the youngest member of the Australian track and field team.
Thornton was even closer to a Rio qualifier in the 200 metres running 23.26 and 23.27, fractionally outside the standard of 23.20. Her 200m time was the fastest by an Australian junior for nearly 20 years.
Thornton burst onto the international scene in 2014 when she won the Youth Olympic Games 400 metres in Nanjing China.
In later July, on the road to Rio, Thornton competed in the IAAF world U20 championships, placing fourth in the 400m. She twice lowered her personal best, both times under the elusive Olympic qualifying mark, but unfortunately it was 11 days too late to earn her an individual run in Rio.
The University of Wollongong Nutrition Science student, is coached by Michael Dooley who has three athletes on the team for Rio - Ella Nelson and Anneliese Rubie (co-coached with Peter Fortune).
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4 x 400m Relay Women
Randwick, NSW, Australia
CHIFLEY, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 2014 Nanjing (China) - 1st (400m)
- 2nd (400m) – 2016 IAAF world U20 championships (Bydgoszcz, Poland)
- 2nd (200m) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 2nd (400m) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 4th (4x400m Relay) – 2014 Continental Cup (Marrakesh, Morocco)
- 1st (400m) – 2014 Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing, China)
- Winning a gold medal in the 400m at the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing China, 2014.
- Running personal best time of 23.26s at 17 years of age in the 200m at the 2016 Canberra Track Classic. 0.06s outside the Olympic Games qualifying time for that event. Fastest Australian junior for 19 years.
- St Mary St Joseph Primary School Maroubra NSW Australia
- Brigidine College Randwick NSW Australia
- Bachelor of Nutrition Science - University of Wollongong (2016 - )
Michael Dooley (2013 - present)
Illawong & District Athletics Club, Menai, NSW, Australia.
Primary Training Base
- Just follow a routine whether in training or competition
- Favourite food
- Massamum Beef
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Everything including old classics
- Dream car
- Range Rover
- Personal Motto
- Never Give Up
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- On Food
- Piercings: Both ears and belly
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m at Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
- First Olympic Memory?
- Holding the Olympic running torch before the Sydney Games in 2000.
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My parents
- Why this sport?
- Because I love it