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Jemima Montag

Jemima Montag

Age

26

Place of Birth

Australia, VIC

Hometown

Melbourne

Junior Club

Brighton Little Athletics

Senior Club

Melbourne University Athletics Club

Coach

Brent Vallance

Olympic History

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

High School

Wesley College

Career Events

Athletics Women's 20km Race Walk

 

Jemima's Story

A strong community-minded and busy person, race walker Jemima Montag strives for a well-balanced life.

While studying science at Melbourne University and until recently, working at a company who deliver food to underprivileged families, she is also an elite athlete in race walking, which requires many hours of weekly training.

Montag started her sport in Little Athletics at Brighton in the under 8s, and after struggles with events like jumps and throwing, realised she had slow twitch muscles and found her way into the technical endurance event of race walking.


Aged 16, she made her first appearance for Australia, in the junior event at the World Race Walking Cup.

Just after her twentieth birthday, she made her Australian senior debut at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where she would compete in just her third 20km walk.

Montag went on to win gold by a comfortable 88 seconds, an achievement she considers as her most memorable sporting achievement. This was followed by two outstanding performances in 2019, silver at the World University Games and tenth at the world championships - the highest place in this race by an Australian woman for 20 years.

Montag credits her grandparents for her work ethic and resilience. She says that when a training session or race feels tough, she thinks about them and reminds herself - "grit and perseverance are in my DNA."

In February 2020, Montag secured selection for Tokyo, winning the nomination trial and Australian Championship in Adelaide and was selected in the Olympic team shortly after. Nearly 18 months later, the International Olympic Committee Young Leader made her maiden Olympic appearance in Tokyo where she placed a stunning sixth in the oppressive Japanese heat in Sapporo, clocking 1:30.39. Her sixth place was the second highest in Australian Olympic history.

Post Tokyo, Jemima's terrific form continued in 2022, when in February she broke Jane Saville's 18-year-old 20km Walk Australian record, clocking 1:27.27. At the 2022 World Championships Jemima was terrific, placing fourth in a quick time of 1:28.17. A time which would have won five previous world championships. It was the second highest in the event by an Aussie woman and the best Aussie place in the event by a male or female for two decades.

Three weeks later, Jemima defended her Commonwealth Games title in Birmingham, clocking 42:34.30 in the 10,000m walk.

Her 2023 campaign was incredible, winning six races and three consistent 20km walk times of 1:27.51, 1:28:00 and 1:29.10. She then created history winning silver in the 20km walk at the at the world championships in Budapest in an Australian record time of 1:27.16. It was the first Australian medal in the event for 24 years.

In her first 20km walk in 2024, the Australian championships in February, for the third time, she lowered the National record, clocking 1:27.09.

After completing a science degree in 2020, in 2022 Jemima commenced a five-year medical degree at the University of Melbourne.

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