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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Tamsyn Manou loses appeal, last chance in Belgium today

Tamsyn Manou loses appeal, last chance in Belgium today

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Manou to play every card in bid to get to London

From: AAP
Te Australian
July 07, 2012

TRIPLE Olympian Tamsyn Manou will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if she fails in her last-ditch attempt today to qualify for the London Games.

Manou lost her appeal against non-selection in the team for London yesterday and has indicated to Athletics Australia she will take her case to the CAS.

But she has one last chance to resolve the matter on the track when she runs the 800m in Belgium today, a day before the Australian Olympic Committee's extended deadline closes.

She has 48 hours from yesterday to lodge an appeal to CAS.

But if she runs an A-qualifier of 1min 59.9sec at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, she will automatically earn selection for her fourth Olympics.

Manou claimed last month that she had been "chewed up and spat out" by Australian selectors who ignored her B-qualifying run of 2:00.78 in Stockholm last July.

The 10-time national champion says she should have been selected because she has a B qualifier and won the 800m at Australia's Olympic trials.

She has not run under 2min for four years and her best time this year is more than 1.5sec outside the A qualifier.

She won the 800m at a low-key meet in Belgium last week in a slow 2:03.65, but found some form at Liege on Thursday, when she reportedly broke the national record for the rarely run 600m.

She warmed up for Heusden by placing third in the 600m.

"Just ran the Aussie record for 600m 1:25.7 . . . fastest 600 I have ever run. Not bad for a 33-year-old," she tweeted.

While Manou was clinging to hope, injury appears to have cost long jumper Fabrice Lapierre his last chance of getting to London.

Several other Australian Olympic athletes competed in Liege, with Joel Milburn finishing fifth in the 400m and Tristan Thomas was third in the 400m hurdles, just ahead of Brendan Cole.

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