http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/tailwind-dashes-rosss-olympic-hopes-20120506-1y6ya.htmlTailwind dashes Ross's Olympic hopes By John Salvado
Sydney Morning Herald
May 6, 2012
An illegal tailwind in Japan has blown away a golden chance for Australian sprinter Joshua Ross to book a spot in the 100m at the London Olympics.
Ross - a five-time national 100m champion who returned to track and field last year after a two-year layoff - clocked a slick time of 10.16 seconds in finishing fifth at the Golden Grand Prix meet in Kawasaki on Sunday.
Ross's time was under the Olympic A qualifying standard of 10.18, but was ruled ineligible because the tailwind was registered at 2.9m per second, above the legal mark of 2.0.
But it was still an encouraging performance from Ross, who has until early June to claim an individual 100m berth in the Australian team for the London Games.
Ross, 31, also shapes as a key member of the Australian 4x100m relay team, whose chances of qualifying for the Olympics increased when they clocked 38.84 at another meet in Japan in three days ago.
They were slightly slower in running 39.00 in Kawasaki on Sunday, but are still ranked well inside the top 16 in the world.
Fellow Australian sprinter Melissa Breen was an impressive second in 11.38 behind American superstar Allyson Felix in the women's 100m.
Breen has gone agonisingly close on many occasions to bettering the Olympic A standard of 11.29 and must now hope her consistency over the last few months is rewarded by the Australian selectors with an Olympic berth.
Fabrice Lapierre, the 2010 Commonwealth and world indoor long jump champion, had a disappointing day in Kawasaki.
His only legal jump was 6.99m, way outside the Olympic standard.
With countrymen Mitchell Watt and Henry Frayne having already booked their berths on the Olympic team, Lapierre is fast running out of time to claim the only vacancy remaining in the long jump for the London Games.