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Men's National 400m

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1 Men's National 400m on Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:21 am


Good short form guide for this weekends Men's 400m Open in Melbourne from Runner's Tribe

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Athletes to Watch
Athlete State DOB 2011 Best 2010 Best
Ben Offereins WA 1986 45.85s 44.86s (PB)
Steve Solomon NSW 1993 46.12s (PB) 46.44s
Kevin Moore NSW 1990 46.17s 46.13s(PB)
Sean Wroe VIC 1985 46.23s 45.40s
David Burke NSW 1989 46.49s (PB) 46.74s
Alex Carew VIC 1989 46.63s (PB) 47.54s
Paul Cummings NSW 1987 46.74s (PB) 47.49s
Alex Beck QLD 1992 46.97s (PB) 47.79s
Matt Lynch NSW 1986 47.26s 47.64s
John Steffensen NSW 1984 47.97s 45.72s

We finally saw an Australian athlete break the 46 second barrier in 2011, when Offereins ran 45.85sec in Perth at the Tour Final. It has been the highlight of what has been a difficult year for the likes of Wroe, Steffensen, Milburn and Moore. In past years we have seen multiple athletes break 46 seconds in the domestic season, but in 2011 it has been the likes of 17 year-old Steve Solomon who have shown most promise.

Solomon embarrassed many of our specialist 400m athletes at the Melbourne Track Classic, running over the top of Offereins, Wroe and Moore to set a new PB of 46.12s. The interest now centers around whether Solomon can replicate the run and win a medal in Melbourne.

There is no doubt that Offereins and Wroe have the class, and will go into the event as favorites to take out the quinella. The question mark is whether Moore, Burke and Solomon can place pressure on the top 2, with Moore looking the most likely to have a breakthrough run.

Moore hasn't exactly set the world on fire in 2011, although a return to form at the NSW Championships (46.17s) suggests that a 'big' run isn't too far away for the 20 year-old.

Athlete to watch: David Burke - his move to Sydney has resulted in a new PB of 46.49s, and if Australia is to send a 4x400m team to Daegu, Korea then Burke could be the one to fill one of the four spots up for grabs.

Ben Offereins (WA)
Kevin Moore (NSW)
Steve Solomon (NSW)
Watch: David Burke (NSW)

Offereins and Wroe have both won two National titles since 2005, with Offereins winning his first title as a 19 year-old (46.37s). Wroe set his PB of 45.07 when winning in 2009, while Offereins backed up his 44.86s PB at last years Sydney Track Classic with a win at the 2010 Championships in a quality time of 45.17s.

Hard to know what it will take to win in 2011, although a time around 45.70s could be enough for gold in Melbourne. The "A" qualifier for the World Championships (45.25s) is along way off for Offereins, so he will likely chase the mark in Europe.

[b]The first round heats are on tonight in Melbourne, and from South Australia - Clay Watkins, Alex Saliu and Andrew Giam have entered. I'm not sure if Giam is running this one, or the 800 but ran a 48 mid at our state titles just infront of Alex Saliu (who was nursing sickness at the time).

Hope all the boys go well, with Clay aiming to salvage something from the season, and coming back from recent and unwelcomed bout of bronchitis followed by pneumonia, it'll be interesting as he is very tough on himself, and expects perfection - but I'm sure he will compete well and bring confidence into his pre-season for 2011/12.

Good luck to Alex 'the horse' Saliu, with a bright future in athletics, at 19, this will be his first 400m Open national competition. Coming off a 22.2 200m at the invitation, with storming last 80m, the 2007 stawell 400m backmarkers winner will be hoping to go under the 48 barrier for the first time, and I have no doubt that tonight will be the night he puts it together.

Good luck to the boys tonight,

2 Re: Men's National 400m on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:25 am

Nothing at all

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Good Post Nitta

Goodluck to all the SA lads over there. Despite the tension between many different stables this season, I'm sure you would all agree you would love see an SA athlete do exceptionally well. Lets hope a few make the finals and give SA a good rep.

3 Re: Men's National 400m on Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:30 pm


I just noticed in the results of the mens 400m hurdles that Holt and Taylor tied for the 8th sport in the final, does OP have 9 lanes, or whats gonna happen?

4 Re: Men's National 400m on Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:40 pm


I was told there was a flip of the coin and the kiwi got through

5 Re: Men's National 400m on Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:21 pm

Vic Off

If there's a tie for the last qualifying birth and there are insufficient lanes to accommodate both athletes, the officials go back to the photo and evaluate performances to 1/1000th of a second.

6 Re: Men's National 400m on Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:26 am


but they tied from the same heat, so they must have had inseperable finishes. they should do it like the 800 and just let them both run in the same lane

7 Re: Men's National 400m on Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:19 am


They went to the 1000th and the photo - no diff; so the rule is a coin toss. Same lane could have been entertaining

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