Ash Moloney (athletics) has his sights set on a massive 2022 season where he is targeting the decathlon at both the world championships and then making his Commonwealth Games debut at the Birmingham Games within just 19 days. The superbly-talented Queenslander took bronze in the seven-event heptathlon at the 2022 world indoor championships in Belgrade to go with his 2020 Olympic decathlon medal of the same colour in Tokyo – Australia’s first-ever medal in the decathlon – where he set an 8649-point national record. Although exhausted when training partner Cedric Dubler famously urged him on at the bell, he was never concerned. “I was planning to kick in the last 600 anyway,” he said. “It just took me a long time to get the wheels going.” Moloney developed his talent on the athletics track in the outer Brisbane suburb of Logan. He won the national under-18 title just days after turning 16 in 2016, and gold at under-20 world championships in Finland in 2018 with the second-highest junior points score (8190) in history. Coached by Steve Rippon, Moloney wants to continue through to the 2032 Olympics in Brisbane where he hopes to be crowned the world’s greatest athlete in his hometown.
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