The first day of the IAAF U20 World Championships saw 10 of Australia's best young female athletes compete in Tampere, Finland.
Javelin throwers Lara Ilievski and Alexandra Roberts have missed out qualifying for the final with tough conditions seeing only one athlete achieve the automatic standard of 53.50m.
Roberts, who finished 22nd overall, had a shaky start in group A of qualification with a 39.84m but continued to improve with 42.48m and 45.04m.
Meanwhile, Ilievski threw in group B and opened with a foul, then 43.14m and finished with 45.34m to place 21st overall.
Ella Connolly ran a season’s best of 52.99s to win her heat of the 400m and progress to the semi-finals this evening.
“I knew I needed to relax so I had enough energy down the final straight, so the plan was to stay relaxed and get into a rhythm,” Connolly said.
Injury ruined her chances of qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in April.
Clio Ozanne-Jaques finished 13th in the 5,000m final in 16:46.75, just over 30 seconds off her best.
Lauren Hyde-Cooling cleared her first attempt at 3.65m but couldn’t get over 3.80m with progression to the final requiring a height of 4.10m.
She finished her championships in 27th place.
Talosaga Kia, the youngest on the team, was the last athlete up in the women's events for Australia on day one but unfortunately won’t progress to the final.
The 16-year-old threw 48.44m on her first attempt but could not improve from there as 49.81m became enough to reach the final.