Last week in Colombia, 17-year-old Tiana Boras became the first Australian to medal in the triple jump at the U20 World Cup, Olympics, World Champions and Commonwealth Games.
Tiana, who has Croatian roots, won a bronze medal in the women’s triple jump final at the World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Her jump of 13.30 meters is the longest ever by an Australian at the world U20 and just 6cm short of Australia’s U20 record. Her efforts at Columbia saw her jump from 23rd to 12th in the all-time ranking of Australian Open women.
Born and raised in Geelong, just outside Melbourne, Tiana is proud of her Croatian heritage.
“My father’s (Jozo) parents are both from Herzegovina. My grandmother from Chaplina and my grandfather from Posse. Velika),” Tiana said, adding that Croatian heritage played a big role in her childhood.
“My parents and grandparents were very active and part of the Croatian community in Geelong and Melbourne. I also went to school in Croatia for many years to learn the language and culture,” says Tiana.
Tiana has visited Croatia twice, her last visit being in 2015.
“Croatia is very beautiful everywhere and I have been lucky enough to visit many places, but my favorite places are Makarska Riviera and Bol on Brac Island. , ražnjići is my favourite.I also enjoy pršut for every occasion and of course I love to eat any Croatian dessert,” she says.
Tiana got her start in track and field when she started small track and field at the age of 8 with a friend who has Croatian roots, Chanel Simovich.
“The beauty of small athletics is that you can participate in everything from sprints, to jumps, to throwing, and even distance running, which I hate. I also did cross-country,” Tiana explains.
It didn’t take long for Tiana to discover that she was very fast and good at the long jump and triple jump. The following year she joined her sprint/jump team and continued her ascent in both jump disciplines.
“In my first year, I won a gold medal in the triple jump and a bronze medal in the long jump at the U9 Victorian State Championships, which further demonstrated that my strength lies in the horizontal jump,” she says.
Tiana continued to shine, setting many records including the Australian and Oceania U18 triple jump records.
Tiana says she was particularly inspired by two grown ups.
“I remember watching Blanka Vlasic win silver for Croatia in the high jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when I was eight years old. I loved her personality and her flamboyance, but Brooke Strutt Ng (known as Boucheur since recently married) is the current Australian record for the long jump Holder has been my role model since I met her when I was 10. Brooke is Australia’s 2nd I’ve broken two records, and I’ve seen them become Olympic finalists twice, and a few weeks ago they won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Brooke has battled injuries and health issues but has achieved great success through hard work and determination. will show you. She is from Melbourne so we were lucky to compete with her at her local level. It was a great experience to see her in action, but more importantly I love her down-to-earth attitude and her jumps telling a story,” she says Tiana. .
“Croatia is a small country, but it continues to produce talented athletes all over the world. A recent example from Australia would be Nicola McDermott, who won silver in the Olympic high jump last year. I think it’s because we’re very resilient, we’re not afraid to challenge anyone, and we always have the confidence to reach a high level,” she says.
At just 17, she has a chance to qualify for the next World U20 Championship in Peru in 2024.
“My goal is to win a medal again,” Tiana said before revealing her long-term goals. “My long-term goal is to build an Australian team for the next Commonwealth Games in my home state of Victoria in 2026 and to be the first Australian triple jumper to win a medal at this event. My ultimate goal is to host the Olympics in Brisbane, Australia in 2028 or 2032 and become the first Australian woman to represent Australia at the Olympics in the triple jump.”
Tiana also broke the current Australian Open triple jump record of 14.04m and hopes to one day compete in Croatia. “It would be a dream for her to one day compete in an international track and field event in Croatia,” concludes Tiana.
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