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World Championships set to commence, with Commonwealth Games just around the corner

Cover photo of Brooke Buschkuehl (nee Stratton) competing at the 2019 Queensland Track Classic. Photo by Casey Sims.

Australia’s largest ever team for an international global championships will take to the track and to the field at the famed Hayward Field, in Oregon, USA for the World Athletics Championships.

The championships run from Friday 15 July to Sunday 24 July, with 63 athletes to don the green and gold.

50 athletes from the team will then compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August, joined by 19 other athletes. The youngest three members of the World Championships team – Claudia Hollingsworth, Calab Law and Aidan Murphy – will travel instead to the World Junior Championships in Cali, Columbia from 1 – 6 August.

The intense sequencing of events is a result of COVID-19 disruption to the international athletics calendar and the delay of the 2020 Olympic Games to 2021. The World Athletics Championships are usually held in the odd numbered years between Olympic Games.

Oregon will be the 12th edition of the event, first conducted in 1983 where Rob de Castella won gold in the marathon. Held in 1987 and 1991, the event then has been held every two-years except for the most recent COVID-disruption.

Australia has won a medal at every edition of the championships except for 1991, with Kelsey-Lee Barber the most recent medal winner, as javelin champion in 2019 in Doha.

Here’s some notable information and trivia about the event and the Australian team:

  • The World Championships will be broadcast live on SBS from 16 July, with on demand replays.
  • For those who love statistics, World Athletics has released a 900-page Statistics Handbook.
  • The final entry lists, by personal best, are available. However, some athletes listed won’t be competing, including a number facing visa issues preventing their entry into the United States, such as 9.77 second 100m sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala. 
  • 11 Australians are ranked in the top 8 on the entry lists based on their season’s bests:
    • Brooke Buschkuehl (1st, long jump – recorded after close of entries)
    • Jemima Montag (1st, 20km walk)
    • Eleanor Patterson (2nd, high jump)
    • Cedric Dubler (6th, decathlon)
    • Nina Kennedy (6th, pole vault)
    • Jessica Hull (7th, 1500m)
    • Peter Bol (7th, 800m)
    • Jack Rayner (7th, 10000m)
    • Matt Denny (7th, discus)
    • Nicole Olyslagers (8th, high jump)
    • Mackenzie Little (8th, javelin)
  • Calab Law (18 years, 200 days) and Claudia Hollingsworth (17 years, 101 days) are the fifth youngest Australian male and female athletes respectively to compete at the World Championships.
  • Brandon Starc (high jump) and Riley Day (200m) are bypassing the event to focus on the Commonwealth Games, while recovering from injury.
  • The average age of the team is 25.9 years, an increase of a year from the 2019 edition. This is influenced by 35km racewalker, Kelly Ruddick, making her debut at 49 years of age, becoming the oldest Australian athlete to compete at the championships. She will become the second oldest athlete ever to compete from any nation, behind Spanish racewalker Jesus Angel Garcia, who was just short of 50 years of age when competing in Doha in 2019.
  • There’s some looming firsts in terms of anticipated performances:
    • Peter Bol to become Australia’s first finalists over 800m; and
    • Decathletes Ash Moloney and Cedric Dubler both set to beat the best finish by an Australian in the event (15th)
  • Victoria has the most athletes on the team of any state, with 23. NSW and Queensland each have 16 athletes on the team.
  • 33 clubs are represented, with powerhouses Sydney University and Queensland University of Technology both with five athletes on the team.
  • Nic Bideau (5 athletes on the team) and Gary Bourne (3 athletes) are amongst 47 personal coaches with athletes on the team.
  • The 63 athletes in the Australian team will be supported on the ground by 14 team managers/coaches and 9 medical staff.
  • Eugene is the smallest city to ever host the championships. With a population of 170,000 people, it is similar in size to Townsville.

Claudia Hollingsworth is one of three junior competing at the World Championships, with 200m runners Aidan Murphy and Calab Law the others. The World Junior Championships clash with the Commonwealth Games, preventing selection in that team.

Here’s a guide to the athletes in the Australian teams for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games:

Women

NameEvent
World Championships
Commonwealth Games
Bree Masters100m
Naa Anang100m
Ella Connolly100m
Jacinta Beecher200m
Ella Connolly200m
Riley Day200m
Catriona Bisset800m
Tess Kirsopp-Cole800m
Claudia Hollingsworth800m
Georgia Griffith800m
Jessica Hull1500m
Linden Hall1500m
Georgia Griffith1500m
Reserve
Abbey Caldwell1500m
Jessica Hull5000m
Rose Davies5000m
Natalie Rule5000m
Isobel Batt-Doyle5000mReserve
Rose Davies10000m
Isobel Batt-Doyle10000m
Eloise WellingsMarathon
Jessica StensonMarathon
Sinead DiverMarathon
Sarah KleinMarathon
Liz Clay100m H
Celeste Mucci100m H
Michelle Jenneke100m H
Sarah Carli400m H
Amy Cashin3000m St
Brielle Erbacher3000m St
Cara Feain-Ryan3000m St
Jemima Montag20km W/10000m W
Rebecca Henderson20km W/10000m W
Katie Hayward20km W/10000m W
Kelly Ruddick35km W
Nicola OlyslagersHigh Jump
Eleanor PattersonHigh Jump
Nina KennedyPole Vault
Brooke BuschkuehlLong Jump
Samantha DaleLong Jump
Kelsey-Lee BarberJavelin
Mackenzie LittleJavelin
Kathryn MitchellJavelin
Alexandra HulleyHammer
Tanielle CraseHeptathlon
Bree Masters4x100m
Naa Anang4x100m
Ella Connolly4x100m
Jacinta Beecher4x100m
Ella Connolly4x100m
Celeste Mucci4x100m

Men

Australia has two men’s 100m representatives at the World Championships for the first time since 2007, when Patrick Johnson and Joshua Ross competed. Rohan Browning and national champion Jake Doran (pictured) will line up against the world’s fastest men. Photo by Steve Chriso (courtesy of Athletics Australia).
NameEvent
World Championships
Commonwealth Games
Rohan Browning100m
Jake Doran100m
Aidan Murphy200m
Calab Law200m
Jake Doran200m
Steve Solomon400m
Alex Beck400m
Peter Bol800m
Joseph Deng800m
Charlie Hunter800m
Ollie Hoare1500m
Stewart McSweyn1500m
Matthew Ramsden1500m
Jack Rayner5000m
Matthew Ramsden5000m
Ky Robinson5000m
Jack Rayner10000m
Ky Robinson10000m
Jack RaynerMarathon
Liam AdamsMarathon
Andrew BuchananMarathon
Nick Hough110m H
Chris Douglas110m H
Ed Trippas3000m St
Ben Buckingham3000m St
Declan Tingay20km W/10000m W
Rhydian Cowley20km W/10000m W
Kyle Swan20km W/10000m W
Rhydian Cowley35km W
Carl Gibbons35km W
Brandon StarcHigh Jump
Joel BadenHigh Jump
Yual ReathHigh Jump
Kurtis MarschallPole Vault
Angus ArmstrongPole Vault
Chris MitrevskiLong Jump
Henry FraynerLong Jump
Julian KonleTriple Jump
Matt DennyDiscus
Cameron McEntyreJavelin
Cruz HoganJavelin
Ash MoloneyDecathlon
Cedric DublerDecathlon
Daniel GolubovicDecathlon
Rohan Browning4x100m
Jake Doran4x100m
Jacob Despard4x100m
Joshua Azzopardi4x100m
Jack Hale4x100m
Chris Mitrevski4x100m

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