It’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement that surrounds Jessica Hull. The new Australian star of the track is in career best form, and in the process rewriting record books.
Most recently Hull broke the Australian 5000m record (previously held by one of Australia’s best ever distance runners, Benita Willis), recording an impressive 14:43.80. Then in Berlin on September 13, Hull produced yet another Australian record (and Area record) for the 1500m outdoors, a 4:00.42. Hull also holds the Australian indoor record for the 1500m (4:04.14) and there is every chance that the 3000m Australian record will also be broken by Hull, simply requiring the right race to produce such a record performance.
It’s been a quick rise to the top for Hull, taking her career to a new level in 2019 where she just missed on making the 1500m final at the Doha World Championships. By the end of 2019 she had lowered her 1500m best to 4:01.80 and her 5000m best to 15:00.32.
The interesting part to Hull’s career is that she never really showed us how good she was as a junior, although placing 7th in the 3000m at the World U/20 Championships in 2014 did present a glimpse into what was possible for the future.