February 2017

ACT Championships wrap

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 (more…)

World Championships qualifier to Marschall

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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National indoor records for Gregson and Buckman

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.

Milers in action

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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Consistent Pearson to race Queensland titles

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 a success

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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Usain Bolt angry at farcical Nitro Athletics

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

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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Jeff Riseley says the elimination mile was ‘nasty’ and ‘blew his mind’

“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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Hale to line up against Bolt at Nitro

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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Gregson and Lacaze to captain Australia

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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Can Nitro save Australian athletics? It must!

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.”