STAR: Former Warwick State High School student Tim Johnstone at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships in Sydney.
STAR: Former Warwick State High School student Tim Johnstone at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships in Sydney. Contributed

Thrower finishes in top 10 in nationals in open shot

ATHLETICS: Former Warwick State High School student Tim Johnstone almost needs a trailer to transport all his medals.

A Warwick Credit Union/Daily News sports star of the month for athletics in Year 12, he has made a comeback to the sport in the past two years.

It isn't just in masters athletics where he is starring, Johnstone came 12th in open shot put at the Australian Athletics Championships at Olympic Park, Sydney, in April.

He was in a field that included world and New Zealand champion Tom Walsh, Australian champion Damien Birkenhead and star German thrower Jan Jeuschede.

Taking out the overseas throwers, Johnstone was in ninth place of the Australians.

He had outstanding success at the Australian Masters Athletics Championships in Melbourne when there were a record 1000 nominations.

Johnstone won gold in triple jump, second in the four by 100m relay, weight throw and long jump, third in outdoors pentathlon, javelin and hammer and fourth in 400m, shot put and discus.

The competition at Lakeside Stadium was the first in Melbourne for Johnstone since he competed in the national school championships when in Year 12 at Warwick High.

He competed in 19 events in Melbourne and battled on even with a groin strain.

Johnstone said he competed in relays to make sure Queensland had a team when it would have been wiser to withdraw and concentrate on his individual events.

The last event in the pentathlon was the 1500m and he finished to secure a bronze rather than risking further injury and going for a better place.

After competing in the nationals in late April, Johnstone headed to the Mackay Track and Field Carnival in early May. Due to his injury, he only competed in throws and was first in shot put and throws pent, a win that gave him a new record.

He was keen to compete in Mackay and get a feel for the venue for the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships on August 31-September 7.

Johnstone said his coach Wally Plath was the man behind his recent success.

"Wally's knowledge and advice helped me to compete at the nationals after I had been ill when volunteering to help during the Townsville floods. He has taught me to run a fast four by 400m relay leg to help the Queensland team.”



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