400m hurdler, Sarah Carli was a promising junior and winning silver at the 2011 World Youth Championships.
After life and injuries got in the way of her sport, Sarah resurrected her athletic career in 2018 when she broke the 59 seconds – something she hadn’t been able to break since 2013, then broke 58 seconds – the level she had been as a 16 year old at the World Youth Championships, and then finally at the Canberra Track Classic in 2019 running a blistering 55.67 second race.
Sarah’s outstanding, persistence and hard work has led to her selection to compete for Australia at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha. A career highlight for the 400m hurdler, making the semi-finals at the World Championships.
In December 2020, Sarah ran a new PB of 55.09 and gaining herself an Olympic qualifying time. She was on fire and on track for a huge 2021 when she suffered a life-threatening injury in the gym in February – putting a major halt to her Olympic preparations. After a successful surgery and long rehab process, Sarah was officially named to represent Australia at the Tokyo Olympics on 3 July 2021.