Riley Day ready to race in relay finals at Commonwealth Games

Riley Day of Australia in action in the women's 200m semi-final on day seven of competition at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. PHOTO: AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Riley Day of Australia in action in the women's 200m semi-final on day seven of competition at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. PHOTO: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

BEAUDESERT sprinter Riley Day has quickly turned her focus towards running in the 4x100 relay heat at the Commonwealth Games.

Her determination has not faltered since missing the 200m final by one-hundredth of a second and placing fourth in the semi-finals on Wednesday night at Carrara Stadium.

The Australian women’s relay team will head straight to the finals on Saturday at Carrara Stadium after a team pulled out of the semi-finals.

The team is a step away from breaking the 18-year national record with a season best of 44.04 which is the fastest time by an Australian women’s team in four years.

Riley said she would focus on preparing for the relay.

“It’s a team sport, I don’t want to let them down,” she said.

“I’ll probably be more nervous for that...but I’m gonna be really excited.

“I think we have a good chance because we’ve been training really well.”

Riley said she was very competitive with age not being a barrier to her effort when competing at the Games.

“I do think I’m really young but at the same time I want to do really well,” she said.

“Ninth at the Commonwealth Games ain’t so bad.

“I wanted to be here and it’s been an awesome experience and I’m looking forward to the relay.”

Community rallies behind Day

Riley said she was overwhelmed by the support received.

“A lot of people who knew me were out there tonight and I’m honoured to have a good response out of everyone,” she said.

“It lifts you up and gets you going so I’d like to thank the crowd.”

Mother Nicky Day said she could not be any prouder of her daughter.

“Riley is good today and she is ready to go straight through to the finals for the 4x100 relay,” she said.

Ms Day said Riley had done so well for someone who had been running for 10 years.

“We know what she has done to achieve her goals and she is only young,” she said.

“For her to just miss the final by 0.01 and for her to even get there was an amazing effort at 18.

“I know she will do well in the relay.”

Ms Day said the family was overwhelmed by the support from the community.

Everyone is behind her and I think it’s because they all know how much effort it’s taken for her to run that race,” she said.

“We had people we didn’t even know coming up to us after the race and saying she was fantastic.”

“It’s quite special for a little town to have people competing in the Games and doing extremely well.”