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ATHLETICS TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
from Thursday 7 June 2001
Australian University Sport and Athletics Australia today announced a strong and youthful 35-person Athletics Team to represent Australia at the World University Summer Games in Beijing, China from 22 August to 1 September.
The team is made up of university and TAFE students from all over Australia and includes a number of athletes who recently competed in the East Asian Games in Osaka, Japan as well as three athletes who are targeting the World Championships in Edmonton in August.
Twenty-one-year-old Victorian Kris McCarthy is sure to have benefited from competing in the Sydney Olympic Games last year when he steps out onto the track in the 800m in Beijing. McCarthy and Jane Jamieson (NSW-heptathlon) are two Sydney Olympic representatives who have made the Australian team headed for Beijing.
They will be joined at the World University Summer Games by 2001 World Championships team member Adam Basil, a Victorian sprinter and RMIT student.
Also included in the World University Summer Games team is Paul Pearce (Vic-400m) who is still a chance to be added to the Australian Team for the World Championships.
Last month at the East Asian Games many Australian athletes recorded personal bests to showcase the depth currently in Australian athletics.
Winner of the 400m hurdles Sonia Brito and placegetters Jacquie Munro (NSW-100m hurdles), Stuart Anderson (Qld-110m hurdles) and Clinton Hill (NSW-400m) have been selected to compete in their first World University Summer Games and should go into the competition in good form after impressive performances in Osaka.
Brito, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Medical Science/Law at Victoria's La Trobe University, said she was looking forward to her first World University Summer Games and mixing it with many of the world's best athletes in the 400m hurdles.
"Osaka was a good learning experience and was great preparation for the World University Summer Games particularly with international travel. My aim for the World University Summer Games is to break 56 seconds for the first time and run a Commonwealth Games qualifying time, and hopefully that will get me among the leading placegetters. "
The 2001 Australian Team will be following the lead set by Commonwealth Gold Medallist Debbie Sosimenko (Charles Sturt University), who took bronze in the hammer throw at the 1997 World University Summer Games in Sicily. At the Games for her second time, heptathlete Clare Thompson will be looking to improve on the bronze she won at the 1999 Games in Palma, Majorca.
The Athletics Team for the 2001 World University Summer Games is:
Nicole Apps (NSW) Australian Catholic University - 4x100m Relay
Sonia Brito (Vic) La Trobe University - 400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay
Emma Cochrane (Vic) Monash University - Long Jump
Rachel Dacy (Vic) Victoria University - Pole Vault
Rossana Ditton (NSW) Monash/ Sydney - Pole Vault
Katerina Dressler (Vic) RMIT - 400m, 4x400m Relay
Bindee Goon Chew (Qld) Southbank TAFE/ University of Queensland - 4x100m Relay
Jane Jamieson (NSW) North Sydney TAFE - Heptathlon
Jessica Knox (NSW) University of Sydney - 4x100m Relay
Hayley McGregor (Vic) La Trobe University - 5000m
Emily Morris (NSW) University of Sydney - 1500m
Jacqui Munro (NSW) OLA/ Monash University - 100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay
Sandra Porter (Vic) Victoria University - 4x100m Relay
Georgina Power (Vic) Deakin University - 100m Hurdles
Renee Robson (Vic) Deakin University - 4x400m Relay
Rebecca Sadler (Qld) Queensland University of Technology - 4x400m Relay
Annabel Smith (NSW) University of Technology Sydney - 4x400m Relay
Christy Thiel (NSW) Macquarie University - Discus Throw
Clare Thompson (Vic) OLA/ Curtin University - Heptathlon
Luke Adams (NSW) University of Canberra - 20km Walk
Stuart Anderson (QLD) University of Queensland - 110m Hurdles
Adam Basil (Vic) RMIT - 100m, 4x100m Relay
David Baxter (Vic) University of Melbourne - 100m, 4x100m Relay
Fraser Dowling (NSW) University of Sydney - 800m
Peter Elvy (NSW) Charles Sturt University - Discus Throw
David Flowers (Vic) NMIT - 4x400m Relay
Clinton Hill (NSW) Meadowbank TAFE/ University of Sydney - 400m, 4x400m Relay
Steven Hooker (Vic) RMIT - Pole Vault
Kristopher McCarthy (Vic) Australian Catholic University - 800m
Mark Moresi (NSW) Australian Catholic University - 4x400m Relay
Peter Nowill (Qld) Griffith University - 3000m Steeple
Timothy Parravicini (Qld) James Cook University - Long Jump
Paul Pearce (Vic) Victoria University - 400m, 4x400m Relay
Clayton Veltman (Vic) Deakin University - 4x400m Relay
Tim Williams (Vic) Monash University - 4x100m Relay
NB. A further athlete will be added to the men's 4x100m Relay.
Peter Schuwalow (Vic) Manager
Kath Sambell (NSW) Assistant Manager
Peter Fortune (Vic) Head Coach
Esa Peltola (ACT) Coach
Rudolf Sopko (NSW) Coach
James Trotter (ACT) Physiotherapist
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COMING ATHLETIC EVENTS
24 June - Results of Gold Coast Marathon at http://www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au and http://www.coolrunning.com.au/races/goldcoast/gold17.shtml
28 June - Start of Australian Youth Team camp at Runaway Bay
4-14 July - 14th WAVA World Veterans Athletics Championships - Brisbane, QLD http://www.worldvac2001.com.au
12-15 July - 2nd IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics - Debrecen, Hungary
3-12 August - 8th IAAF World Championships in Athletics - Edmonton, Canada http://www.2001.edmonton.com
26 August - Australian Half Marathon Championships - Noosa, QLD
27 August-1 September - World University Summer Games - Beijing, China
4-7 September - Goodwill Games athletic competition - Brisbane, QLD
9 September - IAAF Grand Prix Final, Melbourne - Olympic Park, Melbourne http://www.gpfinal.athletics.org.au
28 October - Sydney Marathon - Entry form available at http://www.athletics.org.au
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WORLD'S BEST VETERAN ATHLETES CONVERGE ON BRISBANE
Athletes have already started arriving in Brisbane ready to compete in the 14th WAVA World Veterans' Athletics Championships starting on Wednesday 4 July. The Championships will then continue for 10 days.
The World Championships has attracted 6,000 participants from a record 80 countries which is the greatest international representation ever of countries competing in a sporting event in Queensland.
The World Championships will be an athletic feast with past Olympians mixing it on the track and field with energetic and enthusiastic athletes. Australian Olympians Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Glynis Nunn-Cearns, and Pat Scammell will join Kiwi Rod Dixon, Czech Eduard Vosar, Russians Galina Zybina and Taissia Tchentchik, and British decathlete Snowy Brooks in competition.
A full athletics program of over 1300 events will be run over the ten days of competition with competitors ranging from 35 year old Brisbane 800m runner Sophie Cockcroft to 101 year old Victorian Les Amey who will contest the 1500m.
Most of the athletics competition will be held at Nathan at the ANZ Stadium and the State Athletic Facility with the overflow being contested at the University of Queensland track.
Golfers give way to 1,000 cross country runners on 4th July, the opening day of competition, at St Lucia Golf Links. The largest Australian Road Walking competition will take place around Davies Park on Friday 13th July. A record field of 713 runners will take to the marathon course that wends its way through the streets of Brisbane, starting and finishing at South Bank Parklands on July 14th, the final day of the Championships.
For further information contact AnneMarie White, Media Manager, on 0418 700 544.
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AUSSIE PARALYMPIANS WIN IN EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS
The European Championships in Assen, Netherlands were a successful meet for many of Australia's Paralympic athletes on tour in Europe.
Russell Short (Vic) threw 43.10m to easily win the discus in the combined F11, F12, F13 classes. Russell also won the shot put with a throw of 13.13m
Katrina Webb (SA) ran a season's best (SB) of 14.43s to win the 100 metres for the combined classes of T36, T37, T38. Katrina also ran a SB in winning the 200m in 29.86s. Katrina capped off an excellent meet with another SB in the 400m winning in 66.92s.
Tim Matthews (Vic) won the T46 100m in 11.11s to continue his unbeaten run in Europe.
Damien Burroughs (ACT) threw a SB of 9.67m in the shot put to win the F37 class and backed up to win the discus with a throw of 39.95m
Malcolm Bennett (SA) ran 2:26.29 for the 800 metres to record a SB and win the combined T36, T37, T38 class. Malcolm also ran well in the 400m with a SB of 64.53s, and took victory in the 1500m with another SB of 5:11.56.
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SBS ANNOUNCES IAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE COVERAGE
SBS Television will be broadcasting two hours from all seven IAAF Golden League meets at 10.30am (AEST) on the Sunday after each meet. This commences on Sunday (1 July) for the IAAF Golden League in Rome, Italy where a number of Australian athletes are set to compete.
The IAAF Golden League broadcasts will feature commentary by an SBS panel including Olympians Jane Flemming and David Culbert. SBS has acquired the exclusive free-to-air rights to all the major IAAF events until 2004.
From 3-12 August, SBS will broadcast live coverage of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics being held in Edmonton, Canada. Fox Sports will also provide a highlights package of the IAAF Golden League meets with details to be announced shortly.
For further information contact SBS Television Publicist Stella Bouzanis on 02 9430 3796.
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BIG WEEK AHEAD FOR AUSSIE ATHLETES IN EUROPE
Australia's athletes really step up their World Championships preparation this week in Europe with an opportunity for the sprinters to improve on their opening performances last week.
This week's action commences with a meet in Lucerne, Switzerland on Wednesday (27 June) where Melbourne's Tamsyn Lewis (VIS) will open her European outdoor campaign over 800m.
NSW Institute sprinters Matt Shirvington (100m) and Patrick Dwyer (400m) will be aiming to hit form after both athletes failed to impress in a rain and wind-affected meet in Lille, France last week. Fellow sprinters Patrick Johnson and Adam Basil and high hurdler Kyle Vander Kuyp (AIS) move down from their training base in Finland to also compete in Lucerne. Shirvington will be one of a host of Aussie stars entered in the first IAAF Golden League meet of the year in Rome on Friday (29 June).
Michael Power (VIS) and Craig Mottram (VIS) could close in on the 5000m Australian Record of 13:14.82 if their form continues on the path it has taken over the past few weeks.
Benita Willis (AIS) has been training well in Canberra and opens up her European competition against the highest-calibre opposition over 5000m in Rome.
In a much-anticipated clash, Olympic silver medallist Tatiana Grigorieva (SASI) will attempt to regain the IAAF Grand Prix points scoring lead as she tussles with the current leader, world record holder and Olympic champion Stacy Dragila (US) in the pole vault. Fellow Olympic silver medallist Jai Taurima (AIS) returns to battle the
world's best in the long jump with one of his opponents Commonwealth champion Peter Burge of NSW.
While these Aussies contest Rome, another contingent will take to the track in Dublin, Ireland on Friday.
Daniel Batman (NSWIS) over 400m, Blair Young (QAS) over 400m hurdles, Nova Peris (NTIS) over 400m and Kris McCarthy (VIS) over 800m will contest Dublin.
The Aussie athletes scheduled for Dublin will also move on to Budapest, Hungary on Sunday (1 July) where they will be joined by Commonwealth record holder Stuart Rendell (AIS) in the hammer throw.
1999 World Championships silver medallist Dmitri Markov (WAIS) and 2001World Indoor bronze medallist Andrew Murphy (NSWIS) will compete in the pole vault and triple jump respectively in Formia, Italy also on Sunday.
The Meet Hotels are:
(Lucerne) Hotel Flora - Phone: +41 41 229 7979
(Rome) Jolly Hotel Midas - Phone: +39 06 66396
(Budapest) Hotel Stadion - Phone: +36 1 251 2222
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MOTTRAM RUNS 5000M PERSONAL BEST IN UK
One of the breakthrough performers in 2001 Craig Mottram (VIS) continued to improve over 5000m on the weekend with a personal best (pb) time of 13:23.98 to win in Solihull, UK. Mottram's winning time took more than two seconds off his previous pb which he set in Europe before the 2000 Sydney Games.
This year Mottram has matched strides with the world's best with two fantastic eighth placings - one at the World Indoor Championships over 3000m in March and another in the World Cross Country Championships also in March.
In other results Grant Cremer (AIS) was too strong in the 800m in 1:47.85 while fellow Sydney Olympian Kris McCarthy (VIS) was second in 1:48.63. 1999 World Championships silver medallist Dmitri Markov (WAIS) was second in the pole vault in a meet in Germany with a clearance of 5.70m.
National champion Kyle Vander Kuyp (AIS) won a 110m hurdles race in Pudasjarvi, Finland on Thursday in 13.87s (-0.8).
Patrick Johnson (AIS) took the 100m/200m double with 10.60s (-1.5) and 21.43s (-1.7) while Adam Basil was second and third respectively in both races.
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