Joseph Deng (athletics) competed in the 800m at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, finishing 7th in the final. Born in a Kenyan UNHCR refugee camp after his mother fled Sudan during the Sudanese Civil War, Joseph and his family moved to Australia in 2004 when he was six, originally arriving in Toowoomba. After starting athletics at primary school, Deng went on to attend Ipswich Grammar, a high school synonymous with athletics excellence. Deng made his international debut for Australia at 17-years-old at the World Under-20 Championships in 2016. Following a move to Melbourne in 2016, he continued his improvement and was selected for the Gold Coast Games despite not making the final of the Australian Championships, but by running a personal best time in the B Final. Following the 2018 Games, Deng set a new Australian 800m record time of 1:44.21 in Monaco, eclipsing the jointly held record of Sport Australia hall of famer Ralph Doubell, set at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, and of Alex Rowe in 2014.
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Gold Coast, 2018
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