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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