Sasha Zhoya Bio
The rising star of Australian athletics is at the center of a fierce tug-of-war for his services as France seek to poach him ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Perth-born Sasha Zhoya, 16, has been lighting up the track and field as well as his performances this week at the national athletics championships in Olympic Park.
Moreover, At just 16, the teenager has set the track and field community alight with a blistering showing at the national championships in Sydney this week, smashing records at will.
The West Australian blitzed the field in the Under-18 110m hurdles on Friday, defying a headwind to cross the line first in 13.05 seconds — a national record for the age group. It also beat his previous personal best of 13.24 and smashed the world record time for a 16-year-old in the event, which stood at 13.13 before Zhoya’s incredible run.
Sasha Zhoya wins his third gold medal at the Australian Track & Field Championships, this one was the Boy’s U18 110m Hurdles (13.05, -0.6)
Congratulations Sasha! pic.twitter.com/VMbYYSpw9r
— Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) April 5, 2019
Sasha Zhoya Records
It was another extraordinary effort on the track which came the day after Zhoya won gold in the Under-20 200m. He finished in 21.18 — 0.3 seconds off the national record. But would have given the mark a real crack had he not been battling an inconvenient breeze.
“You give him a tailwind and he’s flogging that record,” one commentator said in a clip released by Athletics Australia.
Furthermore, With performances like those it’s easy to see why the athletics world is fawning over the freakish young gun. But those two sensational runs don’t even tell the full story of Zhoya’s week.
He started his record-breaking run on day one of the national championships when he set a new benchmark in the Under-18 pole vault, clearing 5.56m. Zhoya outdid Emmanouilt Karali of Greece, who sailed over 5.55m in 2016.
Sasha Zhoya Jump’s
Sasha Zhoya jumping a U18 World’s Best at 5.56m and winning the U20 Pole Vault.
Congrats Sasha – you are the Australian U20 Pole Vault Champion.
Tune in now to watch it all unfold in the Australian Athletics Championships on Kayo Sports, on AA Facebook or on AA YouTube. pic.twitter.com/ZnRaMIIhvt
— Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) April 1, 2019
Moreover, In December, Zhoya told The West Australian he doesn’t just want to be the biggest name in track and field in Australia, he wants to dominate the world — just like sprinting legend Usain Bolt.
“We’ve had a couple of big names in Australia and I want to be the biggest,” Zhoya said. “To be No. 1 in the world out of everyone that does athletics, that’s the dream. I want to show the world what I can do.
“Not everyone can be Usain Bolt but I’m going to work my butt off to be Usain Bolt as Sasha Zhoya.”
— Akec Makur Chuot (@AkecMakur) April 5, 2019
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