Test

Sunday 16 July 2017
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ACT Championships wrap

Monday 20 February 2017

MEN: 100m (1.7) Trae Williams 10.27, Aaron Bresland 10.39, Alex Hartmann 10.40 [Heats: Josh Clarke 10.22 (1.6)] 200m (-1.2) Tom Gamble 20.74, Alex Hartmann 20.99 [Heats: Gamble 20.61 (0.9), Craig Burns 20.88w (2.7)] 800m Brad Mathas 1:46.97, Peter Bol 1:46.99, Stephen Knuckey 1:47.23 1500m Jordan Gusman 3:43.05 110m H (2.0) Nick Hough 13.59, Joshua Hawkins 13.81, Justin Merlino 13.96 400m H Ian Dewhurst 50.75, Michael Cochrane 51.25 Long Jump Christopher Mitrevski 7.83m (1.8), Shemiah James 7.70m (1.8) Triple Jump Alwyn Jones 16.01m w (2.8), Alex Lorraway 16.01m w (2.8) High Jump Joel Baden 2.20m

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Kurtis Marschall equalled his PB with a 5.70m clearance at the South Australia Championships.

Equal PB 🙌🏼 World Champs Qual 🙏🏼 State Champion 👊🏼 #roadtolondon

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Ryan Gregson extended his stellar form with a close second place over 1500m in Birmingham. His 3:36.50 was half a second outside of the world championships qualifier, and a new national indoor record. Zoe Buckman ran 2:39.47 for a new 1000m indoor record, while Genevieve LaCaze ran 8:45.81 over 3000m and Sally Pearson was again third over 60m hurdles, in 7.96.

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McNeill breaks Run the Bridge record

Sunday 19 February 2017

David McNeill ran 28:57 for the 10km race, to break Liam Adams’ course record by 6 seconds.

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Milers in action

Friday 17 February 2017

Ryan Gregson stormed to victory indoors in Athlone, Ireland for a 3:56.49 clocking, while at the Victorian Mile Championships at Melbourne University, Jordan Gusman took the win in 3:57.9, ahead of Brett Robinson (3:58.5) and Jack Rayner (3:58.7).

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Sally Pearson finished third for her third consecutive indoor meet, running 7.92 seconds. She’s set to have one more indoor race, before running the Queensland Championships, where she is entered in the 100m and the 100m hurdles.

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Nitro Athletics Photos

Monday 13 February 2017

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Pearson third in Berlin

Sunday 12 February 2017

Sally Pearson finished third over 60m hurdles in Berlin, running 7.91 – the same time as she recorded last week. She’s set to next race indoors in Dublin and Birmingham.

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Nitro a success

Sunday 12 February 2017

The Bolt All Stars took a clean sweep of the series that brought athletics back to the masses. There’s hopes of Nitro expanding internationally, but some are questioning whether the concept could work without Bolt.

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Seb Coe a fan of Nitro

Saturday 11 February 2017

The IAAF President saw Thursday’s meet in person, and enjoyed the flair and fan engagement.

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The second instalment of the Nitro Athletics Series ended in farce in Melbourne on Thursday, with a referee error that initially awarded the Australia team top ranking for the night by mistake, leaving headline athlete Usain Bolt fuming.

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Nitro Athletics #2 preview

Thursday 9 February 2017

Jack Hale to run the back straight in the 4x100m to possibly line up against Usain Bolt, with Fabrice Lapierre and Michelle Jenneke also coming into the team.

A chance Hale will go head-to head with Asafa Powell in the 100m. Sprinting conditions are looking good, and Powell would be looking for a sub-10 second clocking if he lines up.

And some changes to the Aussie line up, with Ryan Gregson running the Elimination Mile, Alex Hartmann lining up in the 4x400m and with Genevieve LaCaze being rested, Linden Hall running the 3 minute challenge and Heidi See running the Elimination Mile.

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Dawn Harper-Nelson handed doping ban

Thursday 9 February 2017

The 2008 Olympic gold medallist was due to compete in Nitro Athletics, but has been handed a 3 month ban for a diuretic found in blood pressure medication.

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One of the most well received elements of the new Nitro Athletics concept was the Elimination Mile, where the last competitor is eliminated after each lap.

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Nitro at the SCG?

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Sydney Cricket Ground The Sydney Cricket Ground are interested in hosting a Nitro Athletics meet, which are currently planned to be held in Melbourne for the next 3 years.

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NCAA champion Patrick Tiernan and Brett Robinson (28th at world XC in 2015) lead a squad of 24 athletes for the biennial championships to be held in Kampala, Uganda.

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“I think in the end it turned into a bit of a 5k guys race just with the stop-start nature of it and I thought I’d have the kick in the final bit – but gee when you’ve done three laps of fartlek and then you’ve got to try and go it just didn’t turn out that well.

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Pearson third in Germany

Sunday 5 February 2017

Sally Pearson has finished third in the 60m hurdles in Karlsruhe, Germany in 7.91, behind Kendra Harrison’s 7.76.

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Gusman under 3:40 in Sydney

Sunday 5 February 2017

Jordan Gusman ran 3:39.85 at the Sydney Invitational, with great runs from 18-year-old Jye Edwards with 3:41.69 and a 3:46.51 T46 world record for Michael Roeger. Josh Clarke ran 20.88s (+1.1) to take out the 200m.

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Is Nitro a success?

Sunday 5 February 2017

Usain Bolt said: “The crowd came out and supported and I’m urging more people to come out on Thursday and next Saturday because it’s a great event.

The Age’s Michael Gleeson is a bit more circumspect, labelling the night ‘a qualified success’ and that the concept should be judged after the third event.

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Nitro kicks off

Sunday 5 February 2017

 

A 7,000 strong crowd were on hand to watch the inaugural Nitro meet, with the Bolt All Stars taking line honours.

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Hale to line up against Bolt at Nitro

Saturday 4 February 2017

Usain Bolt will run in the mixed gender 4x100m on the opening night of Nitro, presumably on the final leg. Australian junior record holder Jack Hale will anchor Australia, with Christine Wearne, Riley Day and Alex Hartmann running the first three legs.

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Bolt’s Nitro events undertermined

Saturday 4 February 2017

He’s contracted to run a minimum of one event each night, with possibilities of 60m, 100m, 150m and relays to choose from.

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Australian athletics’s glamour couple lead the team for Nitro Athletics, with Fabrice Lapierre as manager and Nic Bideau as coach.

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Great analysis of the state of Australian and global athletics by The Age’s Michael Gleeson.

“In gambling terms AA has gone all in on Nitro and some fear for the outcome of that gamble.But it was really no gamble at all for AA for if Nitro was not tried and allowed to succeed the sport would surely fail. There was no money for a domestic national season this year so the idea of continuing to do what had been tried and failed was no longer a choice. The option then was to pare back and become smaller and even less relevant. That too was not a choice.”

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The 2012 Olympic gold medallist was ready to walk away from the sport, before being inspired by Lydia Lassila’s documentary.

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Lapierre leaps to victory in Boston

Sunday 29 January 2017

Fabrice Lapierre jumped 7.80m to win on count back, ahead of competing in Nitro Athletics next week.

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The 24-year-old recently moved to Melbourne to be closer to master coach, Peter Fortune.

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Bolt All Stars team finalised

Wednesday 25 January 2017

Four Australians – Nina Kennedy, Naa Anang, Brittany McGowan and Matthew Ramsden – form part of the line up.

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National record to Lauren Wells

Saturday 21 January 2017

In her first race since the Olympic Games, Lauren Wells broke Pam Ryan’s longstanding record in the rarely run 200m hurdles.

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2016 Zatopek:10 photo gallery

Friday 9 December 2016

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Patrick Tiernan wins Zatopek on debut

Friday 9 December 2016

The NCAA cross country champion scored a classy sub-28 minute win in difficult conditions, while NZ’s Camille Buscomb scored an upset win over Eloise Wellings in the women’s race. Bridey Delaney took out the Australian title.

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The 22-year-old recently took out the NCAA Cross Country title, and hopes to reach the world championships qualifier of 27:45 in tonight’s race.

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An Australian squad of 42 – to be whittled down to 24 – has been picked for Nitro Athletics. Mel Breen joins Sally Pearson in snubbing the series, while Australia’s top four performers in Rio also won’t be part of the new entertainment product.

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Last time the event was held in the nation’s capital (2008) it incorporated the Pacific School Games, where now Olympians Mel Breen and Ella Nelson were stars in the sprints. Check out our photos from back then.

Live results are available on the AA website.

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Gusman ran 14:02.06 on his 5000m debut, with Hall running 15:53.96.

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Latest on Nitro Athletics

Monday 14 November 2016

– England, Japan and China to enter teams

– Selection process for 12 men and 12 women to represent Australia to be announced soon

– Other Aussies may be selected in Usain Bolt’s team

– Victorian government funding the event to be based in Melbourne for first 3 years

Read more from The Australian’s Nicole Jefferies

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Olympic Park deja vu?

Monday 14 November 2016

Is access to Melbourne’s main athletics track in jeopardy again? South Melbourne FC have a 40 year lease to Lakeside Stadium and are bidding to join the A-League.

 

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Sally Pearson returns to competition

Sunday 13 November 2016

The 2012 Olympic 100m hurdles champion ran 7.43 (+0.0) over 60m and was second behind 16-year-old Riley Day over 150m,  17.95 to 17.60 (+0.0).

 

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Gusman runs 7:54 to win NSW 3000m title

Sunday 13 November 2016

Jordan Gusman clocked a meet record of 7:54.72 to take the win, with Victoria Mitchell winning the women’s race in 9:15.77.

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From next season Little Athletics will use the calendar year to determine age groups, bringing it into line with Athletics Australia competition.

 

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After a frantic few months where AA hired a team of consultants to try to find the cash to lure Bolt — he comes with a $1 million-plus price tag — a deal was finally signed off on the night before Friday’s official launch.

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Six teams of 24 athletes are set to participate in the Nitro Athletics series, which will place on Saturday 4, Thursday 9 and a final on Saturday 11 February 2017.

Nitro Athletics will not just feature traditional events – and will include a mix of power, endurance, technique and teamwork disciplines across sprints, distance, field and para-athletics events. Mixed events and relays will also feature in the Nitro program as team’s battle for points and the Nitro Athletics Melbourne crown.

Night one and the final of Nitro Athletics Melbourne will feature the same program with the Thursday night program offering a selection of alternative events.

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Athletics Australia are scrambling to pull together the new Nitro series in time but securing Usain Bolt is the first and most important signing.

The series will be held at Lakeside Stadium between 4 and 11 February 2017.

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