It was the three Ws – Julian Wruck, another Weekend, another World lead.
Just off the plane for the Australian championships, the 21-year-old hurled the Discus an impressive 66.32m, a third world lead to add to the previous two weekend efforts of 66.01m in Texas on 30 March and 66.05m in Los Angeles last weekend.
It was also another improvement on his Oceania under-23 best as he edges closer to Ben Harradine’s continental record of 67.53m.
Studying for a double major in philosophy and psychology at UCLA in the United States, Wruck is certainly making impressive progress in the most classical of athletics events.
A dual NCAA champion in the discus, Wruck switched from Texas Tech to UCLA last year because the UCLA program offered him more flexibility.
“Texas was very different culturally,” Wruck said of the move. “Los Angeles was a bit more diverse, more relaxed, a better environment generally.”
Wruck trains under Michael Maynard at UCLA but said he has a lot more freedom than under the Tech program.
“I kind of do my own thing, the coach at LA is very flexible. At Tech it was more follow the program.”
Wruck failed to qualify for the London Olympic final last year, finishing 13th in his qualifying competition of group A.
“I got ahead of myself last year, then I got sick. Now I’m throwing good distances with good consistency.”
Youth star Denny also improves
Wruck, who arrived in Australia on Friday morning, began his series with what would have been a winning distance of 64.39m. He followed up with a 65.96m and then his personal best 66.32m before closing out his series with 64.20m, 65.23m and a foul.
In second place, World youth championships prospect Mathew Denny improved his best with the senior implement to 56.91m, taking him to seventh on the World youth all-time list.
Mickle consistently over 60m in women’s Javelin
Daegu World Championships finalist Kim Mickle put on a commanding display in winning the women’s Javelin.
After a foul on her first throw, Mickle was over 60 metres with each of her remaining five, recording a best of 62.26m in the fourth round. Her other valid throws were 60.24m, 60.61m, 60.59m and a closing 61.06m.
Kelsey-Lee Roberts was second with a best of 58.58m, breaking by two centimetres the Oceania under-23 best set by Mickle in 2006.