The 17-year-old ran in a commanding time of 2:04.76 in front of a packed stadium to win Australia's fourth gold of the Games.

The race format saw a two-stage competition, with the gold medal going to the quickest time over the two races. 

“I’m absolutely stoked to get here and get the gold,” Small told

“It hasn’t sunk in quite yet. This whole experience has been amazing, to be announced flagbearer and now see the Australian flag raised from on top of the podium with a gold medal – I’m so stoked,” she said.

At the Commonwealth Games in April, Small became the fastest ever Australian junior over 800m, setting a new U20 record of 2·00 81. 

Australian teammate Sophie White won silver in the 100m hurdles. The Perth local was able to run a personal best of 13.01 in windy conditions and finish behind America’s Grace Stark.

“That felt great, it was a great race to be a part of,” White said.

“I’m not going to lie, I was nervous at the start – it’s a final at the Youth Olympics, that’s everything! But I just focused on getting a good start, getting out there and smashing it," she said.

While her time beat the current U18 national record of 13.14, which she shares with Olympian Sally Pearson, the illegal wind (+2.8) meant that the record remains at 13.14.