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Mike Hurst's Aussie WC Report Card

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1 Mike Hurst's Aussie WC Report Card on Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:51 pm



How Australia fared in South Korea - Mike Hurst's report card

By Mike Hurst
The Daily Telegraph
September 09, 2011

AUSTRALIA has found its comfort zone in a field of dreams at the World Athletics Championships which wrapped up in Daegu, South Korea last weekend.

Every thrower Australia sent to Korea reached the final. In fact statistically the weakest among them surprisingly was Sydney's Dani Samuels who was unable to successfully defend the title she won two years earlier even though she appeared in magnificent condition.

Jarrod Bannister (javelin), Benn Harradine (discus), Kimberley Mickle (javelin) all qualified automatically for selection to London by virtue of finishing in the top eight in Daegu.

Australia - with a full set of medals won by Pearson, Watt and Tallent - finished 8th on the medal table and 12th on points table (allocating points for place down to eighth).

This is a mighty achievement in a tournament at which 204 nations competed.

At these 13th world championships there were 341 season bests, 166 personal bests, 41 national records, 17 world leading marks for the year, 3 championship Records and 1 world record.

In the last major tournament before the Olympic Games in London next year, the Flame - which is the latest name allocated to the senior national athletics team - shone brightly on every component of the sport _ except in the running events where, it can be argued, success is most needed from a promotional aspect.

Sally Pearson won the 100m hurdles gold in a time many veteran observers of the sport are starting to concede is a de facto world record time.

She is a prima professional, entitled to Olympic gold medal favouritism because she delivers when it counts and has beaten all the other medal contenders on several occasions.

And if Jana Pittman can return to the form which has won her two 400m hurdles world titles in the past, Australia will have two golden prospects in women's hurdles.

Pittman is already training at race rhythm under coach Phil King's supervision in Victoria just nine weeks after ankle tendon surgery.

But that is where joy on the track ends.

There is some superb talent in the ranks of Australian distance runners but for one reason or another none of the nine representatives reached a final or top-8 place.

Of course they at least made it to the championships. Australian selectors found not a single runner from 100m through to and including 800m - male or female - worthy of selection for an individual event appearance (other than Pearson who wisely opted to focus on her hurdling).

We did send three relay teams but none of them reached a final either, although the men's 4x400m side ran a time which historically would have won a medal at some previous tournaments.




Kaila McKnight 1500m 4:05.65 4:05.65 4:08.74 10th Semi DNQ Good potential

Eloise Wellings 10,000m 31:41:31 31:41:31 NM NM DNS: foot injury

Sally Pearson 100m Hurdles 12.48sec 12.28sec 12.28sec Gold Medal 4th fastest in history

Lauren Boden 400m Hurdles 55.25sec 55.86sec 55.78sec 7th Semi DNQ Defied sore achilles

Alana Boyd Pole Vault 4.60m 4.60m 4.50m 6th in pool, DNQ Missed final on countback

Dani Samuels Discus Throw 65.84m 62.33m 60.05m 10th in Final Unable to retain world title

Kim Mickle Javelin Throw 63.82m 63.82m 61.96m 6th in Final Injured back in qualifying

Regan Lamble 20km Walk 1h:31m:39s 1:31:39 1:33:38 15th Huge potential

Claire Tallent 20km Walk 1h:32m:02s 1:32:39 1:34:46 21st Can improve for Olympics

Hayley Butler, Melissa Breen, Charlotte van Veenendaal, Sally Pearson 4x100m Relay 43.69sec 43.69sec 43.79sec 4th semi, DNQ Poor second change; 11th of 21 teams

Caitlin Sargent, Caitlin Willis-Pincott, Lauren Boden, Anneliese Rubie 4x400m Relay NM NM 3:32.27 6th heat, DNQ No sub-53sec runners; 6sec slower than slowest finalist

Ryan Gregson 1500m 3:31.06 3:36.64 3:40.01 8th SemiF Recent calf injury

Jeff Riseley 1500m 3:32.93 3:33.42 3:42.22 7th 1st rd Disappointingly under par

Collis Birmingham 5000m 13:10.97 13:15.70 13:47.88 10th 1st rd No kick finish

Craig Mottram 5000m 12:55.76 13:11.51 13:56.60 13th 1st rd No kick finish

Ben St Lawrence 5000m 13:10.08 13:10.08 13:51.64 11th 1st rd Recent illness

Jeff Hunt Marathon 2h:11m:00s 2:13:14 DNF DNF Calf cramp at 30km

Youcef Abdi steeplechase 8:16.36 8:16.41 8:38.42 8th rd 1 No kick finish

Steve Hooker pole vault 6.05m 5.60m NH Last DNQ Fit, but not for comp

Robbie Crowther long jump 8.12m 8:12m 7.74m 13th DNQ Beneficial experience

Fabrice Lapierre long jump 8:40m 7.83m 7.89m 10th DNQ Recent back injury

Mitchell Watt long jump 8.54m 8.54m 8.33m Silver medal Nursing calf, heel problems

Henry Frayne triple jump 17.04m 17.04m 16.83m 9th in Final Great prospect

Benn Harradine discus throw 66.45m 66.07m 64.77m 5th in Final Olympic medal potential

Jarrod Bannister javelin throw 89.02m 82.01m 82.25m 7th in Final Needs to settle on coach

Adam Rutter 20km walk 1h:22m:25s 1:22:25 DNF DNF Off the pace this time

Nathan Deakes 50km walk 3h:35m:47s 3:48:02 DNF DNF Hamstring injury at 35km

Jared Tallent 50km walk 3h:38m:56s NM 3:43:36 Bronze medal Olympic medal favourite

Luke Adams 50km walk 3h:43m:39 NM 3:45:31 5th Olympic medal potential

Anthony Alozie, Matt Davies, Aaron Rouge-Serret, Isaac Ntiamoah 4x100m Relay 38.69 39.51sec 38.69sec 4th DNQ 10th fastest of 23 teams

Ben Offereins, Tristan Thomas, Steven Solomon, Sean Wroe 4x400m Relay NM NM 3:01.56 5th DNQ 10TH fastest of 16 teams

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