Twenty-five year old Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) skater, Lachlan Hay, was Australia’s best performer, finishing fourth in the semi-finals of the men’s 1500 metre event, and ranking 13th overall.
Hay, from Melbourne, also made the quarter-finals of the 1000 metres and narrowly missed a place in the semi-finals. He then finished 16th in the 1000 metres, and was 27th after a fourth place heat result in the 500 metre event.
Overall, Hay was 20th in the men’s competition in Shanghai.
Australia’s 16-year old sensation, Deanna Lockett, was third in her heat of the 1500 metres and finished 20th overall, but she was subsequently withdrawn from competition by head coach, Ann Zhang.
Lockett has been suffering from a slight hamstring strain since before the Junior World Championships in Melbourne, but until now had battled on bravely.
“Deanna has had the injury since the beginning of January,” Zhang said. “Despite taking medication and continuing her training, the injury has not improved significantly and we made the decision to withdraw her to enable the injury to heal properly,” Zhang said.
Lockett’s performances with the injury were still quite remarkable. In her heat of the 1500 metres, she finished third, less than two-tenths of a second behind World Cup Gold Medal winner, Britain’s Christie Elise, and Silver medal-winning Chinese skater, Liu Qiuhong.
Australia’s other female skater, 21-year old Julie Jung, was in great shape heading into the World Championships, but was given a tough draw in all three of her disciplines.
She was fourth in her heat of the 1500 metres (29th overall), and just missed advancing to the heat stages of the 500 metres (finishing 26th overall) and the 1000 metres (29th overall).
Pierre Boda also had a tough draw, but took fourth place in his heat of the men’s 1500 metres, finishing in 34th place overall.
He also skated well in the preliminaries of the 500 and challenged top skaters in his race, recording a time of under 43 seconds - his second best 500 metre time. This saw him finish 29th from the 53 skaters entered. In the 1000 metres, he took third place in both his races and ranked 34th overall.