Australian Championships 2010
WA Athletics Stadium, Perth - 16-18 April 2010
Serious air time
World indoor long jump champion Fabrice Lapierre jumped a massive 8.78m (+3.1) to successfully defend his national long jump crown.
Fabrice Lapierre, with trademark gold chain in mouth, celebrates a wind-assisted leap of 8.78m at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth. Only Americans Mike Powell, Bob Beamon and Carl Lewis, Soviet athlete Robert Emmiyan and Cuban Ivan Pedroso have ever jumped further, and Pedroso's jump was also wind-assisted.
Lauren Boden clears a barrier in the heats of the 400m hurdles at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth. Boden would easily win the final in 55.86 seconds.
Steve Hooker on his way to a 5.80m clearance in winning the 2010 Australian pole vault title in front of his adopted home crowd in Perth.
Ben Offereins celebrates as he crosses the line for victory in 45.17 seconds in the 400m at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth. John Steffensen (45.72s) and Joel Milburn (45.75s) claimed the minor medals.
One track mind
Brendan Cole eases up as he crosses the line in the heats of the 400m hurdles at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth. The Victorian would claim gold in the final in a time of 50.64 seconds.
Classic 1500m final
The field in the 1500m sprint to the line at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth after a tactically run race. 19-year-old Ryan Gregson claimed his maiden national title in 3:44.99 ahead of training partner Jeff Riseley (3:45.15), with Jeremy Roff third (3:45.37).
Dani Samuels was dominant in the discus, recording a winning throw of 63.61m at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth.
Katherine Katsanevakis sprints to the line ahead of Madeleine Pape and Trychelle Kingdom to take out the 800m at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth.
The Butler did it
Former junior talent, Hayley Butler (nee Cameron), returned to the track following motherhood and claimed the national 100m hurdles title in 13.25 seconds (+2.0) to book her ticket to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Melissa Breen claimed her first national title with victory in the 100m at the 2010 Australian Championships, recording a time of 11.50 seconds (+0.2).
Standing out from the crowd
Outspoken sprinter John Steffensen sported a bright pink outfit to make a statement in the heats of the 400m at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth.
In John we trust
John Steffensen sports a provocative t-shirt prior to the heats of the 400m at the 2010 Australian Championships. Steffensen accused Athletics Australia of "bullying, egotism and an outdated approach'', with the Olympic silver medallist later being banned by Athletics Australia for three months for bringing the sport into disrepute.
Benn Harradine was crowned 2010 Australian champion in the discus with his winning throw of 62.26m.
Kim Mickle took out the javelin in front of her home crowd with a best throw of 60.66m.
Aaron Rouge-Serret claimed gold in the 100m with a run of 10.32 seconds (+0.4) ahead of Matt Davies (10.44s), Jacob Groth (10.45s) and Australian record holder Patrick Johnson (10.47s).
Kaila McKnight out sprinted Bridey Delaney and Zoe Buckman to win the 2010 Australian 1500m title in a time of 4:17.99.
Lachlan Renshaw claimed his second national title in the 800m, running 1:46.66 to beat home James Kaan (1:47.04) and James Gurr (1:47.16) at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth.
Eloise Wellings put in a quality performance to easily claim the national 5000m title with a run of 15:23.53 at the 2010 Australian Championships in Perth.
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