CHARGE: Nathan Donaldson competes at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships.
CHARGE: Nathan Donaldson competes at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships. Paul Donaldson

Donaldson's double race delight

ATHLETICS: Bundaberg's Nathan Donaldson admits he has exceeded his own expectations after competing for the first time on the international stage.

The talented teenager finished third in the 200m and 100m in the T34 class at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships, earning his first ever international medals.

He also claimed a personal best time of 18.13 seconds in the 100m as fellow Australian Gregory Luff took out both races.

"I was not expecting a medal in the 200m or even the 100m so to get one is really good,” he said.

"I was pretty happy with how it all came out.”

If there was one disappointment for Donaldson it was in the 200m.

"I was fighting the steering coming out of the bend,” he revealed.

"It affected my speed down the straight.”

Donaldson said the championships have also taught him a lot about himself.

"The event has been a lot more professional, we've had podium uniforms and all of our meet has been scheduled,” he said.

"I've also been shown how important food is to preparation and racing.

"I'm taking a lot on board for future events.”

The focus for Donaldson is now on his final event in the 400m which was run last night.

He said he can't wait for the event and hoped to get one more medal to complete his championships with three medals.

To find out how he did pick up Tuesday's NewsMail.



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