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  • Best performance on the final day was Torrie Lewis' 23.38 (1.9) in the U17 girls 200m - 1.5 seconds faster than the windy winning time in the U18 event which preceded it.

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    • Originally posted by AS View Post
      I wonder if it will be another 15 years until a new country joins this club??
      The likes of the UK and France hope not! You can add Poland to the list if you include indoors.

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      • Summary of the more notable results from Aussies in the US this past week:

        16 APR - CHARLOTTESVILLE
        5000 Facioni 13-35.33 Jack Tiernan 13=52.10 Scarr 13-59.90

        JAV Roberts 56.32m

        16 APR - RICHMOND
        SC Cashin 9-48.60 Dowie 10-17.37

        16 APR - GAINSVILLE
        1500 Skyring 4-11.43

        17 APR - GAINSVILLE
        800 Barrett 2-03.22

        17 APR - SAN ANTONIO
        TJ Szalek 15.84 (4.8)

        17 APR - EUGENE
        SC Robinson 8-45.32

        17 APR - WICHITA
        1500 Fogg 3-44.12

        17 APR - CHARLOTTESVILLE
        800 Wallis 1-50.52

        courtesy Senor Baronet

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        • The Brisbane '32 Olympic bid, now given frontrunner status by the IOC, originally included options to either build a new stadium on the Albion Park site, close to the proposed athlete's village or do another takeover of the Carrara stadium, the site of the 2018 CWG.

          These options are now superseded by a proposal to knock down the stadium at the Brisbane Cricket Ground at Woolloongabba, colloquially known as The Gabba, to build a AUD 1 billion stadium seating 50,000.

          The stadium is now primarily set up as an oval stadium for Australian Rules football and cricket, so a track installation will potentially mean a big distance between the straight and the grandstand, much like the temporary track at the MCG for the 2006 CWG.

          https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/nat...20-p57kma.html

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          • Athletics Australia is planning a number of last chance meets over the next few weeks in the balmy climes of North Queensland. The hope is that the better conditions will enable a few stragglers to hit auto qualifying marks. Let's check in on how balmy things are at the moment:

            https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-...land/100081086

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            • Browning's National run got me thinking about Top 5 and Top 10 averages for our 100m. Here's how it's looking (only legal times, non-adjusted):

              Top 5
              Johnson 10.03
              Shirvington 10.07
              Ross 10.13
              Browning 10.13
              Marsh 10.18
              Hale 10.19
              Williams 10.20
              Clarke 10.21

              Top 10
              Johnson 10.08
              Shirvington 10.10
              Browning 10.15
              Ross 10.17
              Marsh 10.19
              Hale 10.20

              Hopefully Browning continues to climb these charts in coming months.

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              • Really impressive 100m races for both men and women.

                I had a look at the Top 5s and Basic isn't far off where MGT or Breen were, with MGT never breaking 11.20 in Australia. When you hit that rhythm the fast time just keep coming and sad to see the season end here. In a major champs, Pearson holds the best 100m time at 11.14 in Osaka so here's hoping that Basic can get close to that when Tokyo comes around. The timezones are helpful to Australian athletes so we just need a major global pandemic to sort itself out. Impressive from Masters to with her PB runs, I think she could run sub 23 if healthy and challenge Day a bit more.

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                • A women's relay team of Basic, Masters, Day, Anang (in that order) works for me.

                  Hurdlers Clay & Jones could easily slot in for Basic if they did some practice as an all-Queensland team.

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                  • Canberra's Jye Edwards scored a backpage photo and story in the Canberra Times yesterday after his storming win in the 1500 at nationals.

                    Best, although slightly inelegant quote regards his respect for 76 year old coach, Dick Telford, saying he is:

                    ...just an absolute genius, he knows everything, what to do, how to approach things and I've barely ever had more confidence in a guy.
                    Telford is probably most famous overseas for coaching Lisa Ondieki to her silver medal in Seoul but he has produced an impressive list of high performing Australian distance runners in the 30 years since.

                    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/sto...okyo-olympics/
                    Last edited by El Toro; 04-22-2021, 04:27 AM. Reason: add link

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                    • Originally posted by olorin View Post
                      Following the Australian marks in the last year or two, it seems to me that we are in a revival of Australian T&F.
                      Can one of you summaries the Aussie qualified athletes and whether my above impression is correct?
                      I'm not sure if Australia is having a revival because standards have not improved across all events. Like most small populations, Australia (25 million) has peaks and troughs in individual events but you never get peaks or troughs across all events at the same time.

                      For example, the WHJ has current 2.00 and 1.99 jumpers but 25-30 years ago had two 1.98 and a 1.96 jumper and more over 1.90 in a single year than now. So, it's good in comparison to 10 years ago, but it's not something that hasn't happened before even further back.

                      In contrast, MHT is in the doldrums and the best thrower this season (67.30) would have ranked only 8th in the 1986-87 season which had four 70m+ throwers. In contrast, the MSP has two throwers throwing at least a metre better than the AUS NR in '86-87!

                      On the track, the M400 had only one runner under 46 this year when a number of times since 1980 we had 4-5 runners in that range. Hell, we had three way back in 1976-77!

                      The men's and women's middle distances times are going well at the moment but how much time improvement is illusorys due to shoe technology? We'll need to wait until after some head to head racing later this year to see if the current runners are Elliotts, Clarkes and Doubells or not.

                      Oh, and a few days ago marked the 35th anniversary of Robert de Castella's AUS NR of 2:07:51 in the marathon. It might get broken if some of the current runners take up rollerblading given the fastest time in the past 10 years is in the high 2:10s.

                      So, overall, some good events, some dud events, most of them in the middle, probably the same as pretty much every year. Let's see if some of the other posters have a different view.

                      What we need is to calculate an overall measure of quality and depth over time but this would be a lot of work given the data is not readily available. I'm not sure I have the energy to even try.

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                      • Originally posted by El Toro View Post
                        MPV

                        Kurtis Marschall fails to make his opening height of 5.50! Jack Downey (b.'01) of South Australia won in his absence with a modest 5.40, although this is only 5cm down on his PB set earlier this year. Not much else to say about the minor places.
                        Marschall explains his disaster by admitting he didn't account for his improved strength and speed when combined with a bit of extra adrenaline. He admitted this was sloppy and caused him to get too close on takeoff ruining his takeoff.

                        https://www.theage.com.au/sport/athl...22-p57lgd.html

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                        • Originally posted by El Toro View Post
                          Marschall explains his disaster by admitting he didn't account for his improved strength and speed when combined with a bit of extra adrenaline. He admitted this was sloppy and caused him to get too close on takeoff ruining his takeoff.
                          Overrunning the approach and/or blowing through poles has long been a bugaboo for PVers at big meets, esp. in tailwind conditions (which are often the case because you can move/turn the pit to get a tailwind). You would, however, think that an experienced coach and athlete would account for that.

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                          • Originally posted by El Toro View Post

                            Marschall explains his disaster by admitting he didn't account for his improved strength and speed when combined with a bit of extra adrenaline. He admitted this was sloppy and caused him to get too close on takeoff ruining his takeoff.

                            https://www.theage.com.au/sport/athl...22-p57lgd.html
                            That explains attempt #1,
                            what about #2 and #3?

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                            • A few Aussies to look out for at Eugene in the morning.

                              800 Charlie Hunter
                              1500 Ollie Hoare

                              5000 Jess Hull

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                              • And Morgan McDonald just won at Drake Relays: McDonald (Aus) 13:21.39

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