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Track Beauty of the Week: Laura Whaler
July 18, 2010Posted by on
Laura Whaler is this week’s track beauty!
The 23-year old Australian sprinter has personal bests of 11.56s and 23.45s in the 100m and the 200m, respectively. Even though these times pale in comparison to the great Lydia de Vega, Whaler would give the current crop of female Filipino sprinters a hard time chasing her down the track.
Despite a second-place finish at the Australian National Championships and meeting the B-standard for the 100m dash, Whaler missed the 11.35s A-standard for the event. Hence, she was left out of the 2010 Commonwealth Games lineup. According to a Maitland Mercury report, Whaler received a “$2,000 Olympic Scholarship from the Greater Building Society and the Hunter Academy of Sport,” as she gears up towards the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games.
Whaler, together with Australian sprinting talents Melissa Breen, Charlotte van Veenendaal and 2008 Olympic silver medallist Sally Pearson, recently qualified for the 2011 Daegu World Championships. The Australian 4x100m relay team stopped the clock at 43.69s, three-tenths of a second behind Japan (43.39s).