HURDLES champion Fraser Symons added national title to his career tally as he won Thursday's 400m showdown for the under-20 age group at the Athletics Australia track and field championships in Sydney.
The number one seed for the event, Symons powered to gold in 52.74 seconds at Olympic Park.
The 18-year-old was more than two seconds clear of runner-up Jack McFadden from New South Wales.
Now racing for Old Melburnians, Symons began his athletics career with Bendigo Harriers in Flack Advisory Bendigo Region and last month rocketed to top spot in the IAAF world rankings for his age group in 400m hurdles.
Day four of the national championships included a silver medal-winning feat by Bendigo Harriers' Antonio Vaitohi, and Eaglehawk's Kye Mason in the 100m showdowns.
Vaitohi was runner-up in the under-17 final as he clocked 11.32 seconds.
The young gun from the Goulburn Valley region achieved a heat time of 11.18 which was fourth fastest.
Queensland's Prosper Nowoko struck gold in a superb time of 11.16. The wind reading was -2.6.
Mason was third in the under-18s final.
The sprint ace from Cohuna won the first heat in 11.19, which was second fastest in qualifying.
In the final it was Godfrey Okerenyang from New South Wales who raced to glory in 10.78 ahead of Victorian team-mates Melvin Monleh, 10.93, and Kye Mason, 10.99.
James Miller from Bendigo Harriers was in the same heat as Mason and ran a time of 11.51 to be 14th in the qualifying rounds.
Thursday's program at the nationals included the start of the men's decathlon in which Melbourne University's Liam Schreck, previously with Bendigo Harriers, was a contender in the 10-discipline contest.
Athletes in action on Friday include South Bendigo's James Woods, under-17 high jump; and Christian Moala Vaitohi from Bendigo Harriers, under-14 200m.
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