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    Since the Australian 08/09 season has long started, figured a thread covering results, news and gossip from downunder wouldn't be out of place.

    Sally McLellan - reasonable season opener a couple of week ago with a winning 60/60H/200H treble in Queensland. Wil; be interesting to see how she goes in the US indoor series which is apparently a preparation for World Indoor Championships in 2010.

    Steve Hooker - also competing in the US indoor season. Training partner and rival Paul Burgess opened his 2009 season with a 5.70 clearance last week.

    Petrina Price - WJ medallist behind Vlasic half a dozen years ago - who's been on ''walkabout" since - recently came back with 1.91m and hopes of improvement to at least 1.95 this year.

    You all know about the recent early selections for this year's World Championships - with Jana Rawlinson probably the only one who could (being defending World Champ) possibly complain. Jana was due to run in a professional (grass) 400m handicap in Tasmania a week or two ago but pulled out due to ''family commitments".

    Athletics Australia is still without a major sponsor and some meets (eg the Canberra AIS meet usually held around Australia Day 26 January) have bitten the dust.

    A few links to recent news stories about Aussie athletes:

    WC Preselections/Relays not a priority

    Sally McLellan

    Jared Tallent

    Donna MacFarlane's goals for 2009

    Farewell from Bronwyn Thompson?

    Recent results:

    NSW
    Victoria
    Queensland
    SA
    WA
    Tasmania
    ACT

    Add your own Aussie news/results/gossip for 2009 below.


    ETA - now that it's 2010 and ppl still using this thread, thought I should change the title..

    ETA - ditto for 2011

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    Great opener for 400mh Tristan Thomas at Canberra interclub tonight 50.11. Was quite blustery conditions. Thomas ran 46.01 in similar conditions last week over the flat so he is in good shape. If he stays injury free look for him to go 49 low this domestic season.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by paddyb
      Great opener for 400mh Tristan Thomas at Canberra interclub tonight 50.11. Was quite blustery conditions. Thomas ran 46.01 in similar conditions last week over the flat so he is in good shape. If he stays injury free look for him to go 49 low this domestic season.
      If he's already at 46 for the flat (under less than ideal conditions), I would expect at least mid-48 for the hurdles by the end of your season!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by paddyb
        Great opener for 400mh Tristan Thomas at Canberra interclub tonight 50.11. Was quite blustery conditions. Thomas ran 46.01 in similar conditions last week over the flat so he is in good shape. If he stays injury free look for him to go 49 low this domestic season.
        Yeah Thomas' 46.0 last week was a good run. 50.1 in windy 34 degrees heat with no real competition isn't so bad either (93 farenheit for our American friends).

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        • #5
          So, paddyb, does that mean Thomas' 800m career has been shelved? (ran 1:47.83 PR at Zatopek in December to win by 1.5s).

          Can't find a all-time list for the (very) rarely run women's 200mH... how does McLellan's 26.96 stack up.

          Also huge improvement from 32 yo Nigerian 400m runner Bolaji Lawal to run 10.29 in Melbourne last weekend (I can't find a 100 PR for him, but his 400m is 45.84). Lawal beat 10.36 man Rouge-Serret by 0.23...

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          • #6
            Another up and comer to be lost to football?

            Luanga Andria

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            • #7
              Originally posted by El Toro
              Another up and comer to be lost to football?

              Luanga Andria
              Here's some stats from Andria:

              at National All-Schools (Dec 2005 - at 13 years of age):
              Triple Jump (13.36m),
              400m (52.17sec),
              Long Jump (6.15m)
              Javelin (56.68m).

              At Queensland All-Schools (Oct 2006 - at 14 years of age):
              100m (11.47)
              200m (23.44)
              Javelin (55.59m)

              At Queensland All-Schools (Oct 2007 - at 15 years of age):
              Triple Jump (11.63m),
              Long Jump (6.12m)
              Javelin (61.97m)

              at National All-Schools (Dec 2007 - at 15 years of age):
              Long Jump (6.29m)
              Javelin (65.50m).

              At Queensland All-Schools (Oct 2008 - at 16 years of age):
              200m (23.19)
              Javelin (60.15m)

              At Pacific Schools (Dec 2008 - at 16 years of age):
              Javelin (71.84)

              His Javelin has improved much more than other events

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AS
                Can't find a all-time list for the (very) rarely run women's 200mH... how does McLellan's 26.96 stack up.
                Pam Kilborn's Aussie best is 25.7 from 1971 (a world record for many years). Frenchwoman Patricia Girard has best auto time on record 25.82 (1999)

                eta http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...-14822,00.html

                THE English husband of dual world champion Jana Rawlinson has been cleared to run for Australia at the world titles, if selected. Chris Rawlinson, the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, will be granted full citizenship on Monday week.

                But Rawlinson's immediate focus is on a comeback to the track and the 400m hurdles beginning at Melbourne's Olympic Park on March 5. Wife Jana intends making her return to racing in Sydney a week earlier.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by El Toro
                  Another up and comer to be lost to football?

                  Luanga Andria
                  Yet Aussie football is such a waste, as is league. At least if he played Union, Oz would reap the benfits

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                  • #10
                    Any new news about up and comer Melissa Breen?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jacksf
                      Any new news about up and comer Melissa Breen?
                      http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/breen- ... 61205.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kamikaze7
                        Yet Aussie --- is such a waste, as is league
                        eh ???

                        you clearly didn't see the recent wc where oz-goliath got sling-cracked by kiwis

                        that pathetic perfomance mandates recruiting best talent available

                        more kudos in regaining wc than being 129'thest & 1st ozzie 89.03'er

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kamikaze7
                          Originally posted by El Toro
                          Another up and comer to be lost to football?

                          Luanga Andria
                          Yet Aussie football is such a waste, as is league. At least if he played Union, Oz would reap the benfits
                          Huh, he's talking Rugby League, not Aussie Football (which I take to mean Australian Rules Football - a whole lot more interesting and athletic game than League (or Union for that matter)).

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                          • #14
                            AS

                            My point is that as far as national pride and rooting for Oz, league and footie are a waste of time. If Luanga had played Union or athletics, then the nation would have a rooting interest. In fact Union is likely to be in the Olympics in 2016, not to mention the WC, Tri Nations, IRB sevens, the fall tours etc.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by kamikaze7
                              My point is that as far as national pride and rooting for Oz, league and footie are a waste of time. If Luanga had played Union or athletics, then the nation would have a rooting interest. In fact Union is likely to be in the Olympics in 2016, not to mention the WC, Tri Nations, IRB sevens, the fall tours etc.
                              Ehh...you been swallowing the same stuff that gets our football players (of all codes) into trouble?????? :wink:

                              RU belongs in the Olympics just as soon as they have made room for golf, darts, PS2 and dwarf-tossing...

                              Originally posted by kamikaze7
                              Yet Aussie football is such a waste, as is league. At least if he played Union, Oz would reap the benfits
                              Benfits??? U wouldn't be a Kiwi wouldya?

                              AS is right about AFL being more interesting downunder as crowd figures each week compared to either rugby code seem to prove. :lol:

                              Anyway....

                              Dunno if it's just a slow news day in Melbourne (shouldn't be with Grand Slam tennis in the air) but lotsa talk about Olympics and Comm Games in "Australia's sporting capital":

                              * Melbourne to step in if India not ready for 2010 Commonwealth Games

                              * Melbourne bid to host 2024 or 2028 Olympics?

                              PS - noted that Joel Milburn won a 21.20 200m in Sydney yesterday but that young Olivia Tauro failed to finish the 400m. Hopefully nothing too serious.

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