A year to the day since her breakthrough 100m hurdles performance at the 2020 Melbourne Track Classic, Liz Clay has slashed a further tenth of a second off her personal best to record an Olympic qualifying mark.
Suitably, the performance came at the Sally Pearson Shield Meet in Brisbane, with Clay’s 12.84 seconds (1.0) run moving her from fourth to third on the Australian all-time list.
In second was Michelle Jenneke, whose 13.34 seconds run was only her second hurdles race in since October 2019, was also promising.
Australian all-time list – 100m hurdles
US based Sydneysider Morgan McDonald set a new personal best over 3000m at the Prickly Pear Invitational in Phoenix to move to seventh on the Australian all-time list. McDonald finished in fifth in 7:41.55, behind the UK’s Marc Scott who ran 7:36.08.
Australian all-time list – men’s 3000m
1 Stewart McSweyn 7:28.02 2020 2 Craig Mottram 7:32.19 2006 3 Collis Birmingham 7:35.45 2012 4 Patrick Tiernan 7:37.76 2017 5 Ben St.Lawrence 7:40.48 2013 6 Sam McEntee 7:41.03 2017 7 Morgan McDonald 7:41.55 2021 8 Shaun Creighton 7:41.60 1995 9 Lee Troop 7:41.78 1999 10 Ryan Gregson 7:42.19 2017
Running at the Athletics Victoria HVC meet on Thursday at Box Hill, Hana Basic recorded the fastest 100m time by an Australian in two years. Basic’s 11.45 seconds was a new personal best by 0.18 seconds.
So, Hana Basic sat just outside the below list (11.63 PB in Dec 2020), well she just ran 11.45 (1.4m/s) in Melbourne….
▪️Fastest time by an Aussie for 2 years ! 👏👏👏
But still more to chime in…
Anang (11.32), Coates (11.52), Burkitt (11.58), Gaffney (11.58), Gross (11.70) https://t.co/5Vtd41xpqn— David Tarbotton (@David_Tarbotton) February 4, 2021
Many of Australia’s top distance runners took on the 2-mile races at the Parkdale Gift in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. In a thrilling finish Brett Robinson just held off Stewart McSweyn and Ryan Gregson in a blanket finish. McSweyn’s run of 8:26.37 off the scratch mark is equivalent to 7:51 3000m pace, run on a manicured grass track that was nonetheless slightly soft underfoot. Read our full recap of the meet and watch the final 2 laps of the 2-mile here.
HVC Meet #4
100m (1.4) Hana Basic 11.45
400m H Marli Wilkinson 59.35
100m (0.9) Jake Penny 10.43, Michael Romanin 10.50
200m (-0.5) Michael Romanin 21.12
400m H Michael Tsotsos 52.82
Triple Jump Aiden Hinson 15.62m (0.9)
Sally Pearson Shield
100m (2.1) Torrie Lewis 11.70, Kristie Edwards 11.72, Sam Johnson 11.83, Hannah Jones 11.83
100m H (1.0) Liz Clay 12.84 (Olympic qualifying standard, #3 Australian all-time), Michelle Jenneke 13.34
Shot Put Lyvante Su-emai 15.19m
100m (0.9) Fejiro Omuvwie 10.51, Jai Gordon 10.59
400m Alex Beck 45.96, Jack Geary 46.83, Reece Holder 47.10, Tyson Bonney 47.24, Connor Diffey 47.34
110m H (0.9) Jascha Coetser 14.64
Javelin Liam O’Brien 78.12m
NSW 5000m Championships
5000m W Hannah Misson 24:44.12
5000m State Championship Kate Spencer 16:30.30
800m Lachlan Raper 1:47.97, Jared West 1:48.70
5000m State Championship Kieran Tall 13:59.23, Matthew Hudson 13:59.92, Cameron Griffith 14:09.53
Prickly Pear Invitational
6 February 2021
3000m Marc Scott (GBR) 7:36.08, 5th Morgan McDonald 7:41.55 [1:57.74 final 800m]
2-mile (handicap) – Genevieve Gregson 9:59.21 (running off scratch)
2-mile (handicap) – Stewart McSweyn 8:26.37 (running off scratch)
AVSL Round 6
6 February 2021
400m Cameron Searle 47.19
Hammer Stephanie Ratcliffe 54.01m
Pole Vault Courtney Smallcombe 4.05m
Pole Vault Jack Downey 5.40m
Discus Lachlan Page 55.37m
Victorian Multi-Event Championships
Decathlon Sebastian Reyneke 7262p, Christian Paynter 7257p
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