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Commonwealth Games Athletics TrialsThe Telstra A-Championships are the selection trials for the Commonwealth Games, Paralympic World Championships and World Junior Championships in 2002. It doubles as the Australian Open and Under 20 Athletics Championships, and Australian Championships for Athletes with a Disability.
These will be held from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th April at ANZ Stadium, Kessells Road, Nathan, Queensland 4111.
More information available at www.athletics.org.au/news/details.cfm?ObjectID=1083.
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Sydney Morning Herald Half-Marathon Entries Filled
The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, a recent event since the early 1990s, has for the 2nd year in a row, completely filled the 4000 entries well before race day. Entries were filled this year only yesterday, 28th March 2002.
Race website is at http://old.smh.com.au/news/specials/local/halfmarathon/
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Thompson given long odds to win Stawell GiftA Stawell Gift bookmaker believes American sprinter Obadele Thompson must improve out of sight to win Monday's race. Bookmaker Brian Marantelli says Thompson's efforts last year left him well behind the pace. He says the Gift field is open with 10 to 15 runners at odds under 15-1.
"I think a chap by the name of Madden and Maher, they're the early favourites along with Sadler but I personally thought a chap by the name of Millard had a good chance," he said. "He won it four years ago and he seems to have a fairly good mark, he seems to be going all right, I think he's got some chance."
More on the Stawell Gift at www.stawellgift.com
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Athletics Australia Confirms Trampuz Drugs SanctionAthletics Australia's Anti-Doping Tribunal, chaired by Justice Trish Kavanagh, has met to consider the doping case of marathon runner Silvana Trampuz (suspension pending a hearing was announced by AA on 28 March 2002). In handing down its decision, the Tribunal found that:
Athletics Australia has conveyed this decision to the IAAF, which has confirmed that the decision is in accordance with the IAAF Rules.
The full new release is available at http://www.athletics.org.au/news/details.cfm?ObjectID=1084
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Mottram places fifth in World Cross Country Champs
In an outstanding result for Australian distance running, Geelong sensation Craig Mottram has placed fifth at the prestigious IAAF World Cross Country Championships overnight in Dublin, Ireland. Mottram was vying for a medal in the short course race over 4K and just finished outside the placings in 12 minutes 27 seconds. He was the first non-African athlete over the line as the race was won by Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia in 12:11, with Kenyan Luke Kipkosgei second in 12:18, Hailu Mekonnen (ETH) third (12:20) and Sammy Kipketer (KEN) fourth (12:26).
To continue the top 10 results for Australia, Queensland's Melissa Rollison placed ninth in the junior women's race over 6K.
Twenty-one-year-old Mottram improved on his eighth place last year and is now firmly entrenched amongst the world's leading middle distance runners. Two weeks ago Mottram set a new Australian 5000m record of 13:12.04 at the Telstra A-Series > Melbourne. His fifth placing was the second best result by an Australian all-time at the World Cross Country Championships behind Steve Moneghetti's fourth place in 1989.
The Australian men's short course team finished eighth overall with Mottram's fifth place joined by Michael Power (VIC - 21st), Martin Dent (ACT- 52nd), Paul Fenn (VIC - 68th) and Mark Thompson (VIC - 81st).
Eighteen-year-old Gold Coast runner Melissa Rollison capped off a great day with her ninth placing in 20:50, only 37 seconds behind victor Viola Kibiwot from Kenya. This was the second best all-time result by a junior Australian athlete at the World Cross Country Championships behind Susie Power's fifth placing in 1993. The Australian junior women's team finished fourth overall (equal best all-time result) with exceptional performances also put in by Joanna Wall (VIC - 20th), Aleisha Anderson (WA - 27th) and Clare McKechnie (VIC - 51st).
Full results are available on the IAAF website at: www.IAAF.org/wxc02/
Today is final day of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships featuring the men's open long course race over 12K, the women's open short course race over 4K and the men's junior race over 8K.
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Mottram aims to strike it rich on 'home' soilThis report from The Independent, a UK Daily Paper
Not since Tim Hutchings followed John Ngugi across the line in the Stavanger mud in 1989 has a British runner finished among the medals in a senior men's race at the world cross-country championships. The form book suggests Craig Mottram could well be in the frame in the short-course 4km event at Leopardstown Racecourse on the southern outskirts of Dublin on Saturday. He holds a British passport, trains at Bushy Park in south London, and is the son of a former Wimbledon centre-half. Unfortunately for Britain, however, he will be chasing a medal in the green and gold of Australia.
Indeed, such has been the impact of Mottram's brilliant 5,000m run at Melbourne's Olympic Park 10 days ago, hopes have been pinned on his shoulders of becoming Australia's first medal winner in the history of the world cross-country championships. The former Australian junior triathlon champion finished a stride behind Stephen Cherono of Kenya in 13min 12.04sec, breaking Lee Troop's national record by 2.78sec. It moved Ron Clarke, who held the record from 1966 to 1999, to call Mottram "the best non-African runner in the world at the moment".
And Steve Moneghetti, the most successful Australian runner in the world cross-country championships, lauded the young Victorian as "Australia's best runner since Herb Elliott". At 21, and with just three-and-a-half years of training behind him, Mottram has already run 1500m in 3min 35.40sec, faster than Elliott's winning time in the 1960 Olympics. He has also run the mile
in 3:53.06, faster than Elliott's world record performance in Dublin in 1958. No Briton has run as fast as him at 5,000m for 10 years now. Mottram, though, has no intention of running for the united land of his Londoner father and Scottish mother.
"I do have a British passport," he said, having parked to answer his mobile telephone en route to training at his home town, Geelong, on Australia's Victoria coast. "But that's mainly for convenience when I'm travelling over there. Nic Bideau, my manager and adviser, did use it to threaten the selectors just prior to the Olympics when they didn't pick me in the 1500m. He said if they didn't pick me I'd go and run for Britain. I got selected for the 5,000m, so it does have some bargaining power. But I was born and raised in Australia. No, I don't think I'll come and run for Britain, unfortunately."
Unfortunately indeed, though Mottram was getting ready to run in Britain on Wednesday. He left Melbourne the following day to spend a week in London, honing his preparations for the world cross-country championships under the direction of Bideau, Australia's leading athletes' agent and common-law husband of Sonia O'Sullivan, who will be running the women's 4km short course race in Dublin on Sunday, just 14 weeks after the birth of the couple's second child, Sophie. "I'll be training with Sonia in Bushy Park before heading off to Ireland to meet up with the rest of the Australian team," Mottram said.
It will be familiar territory to the young Australian, who has spent part of the last two European summers in Teddington with O'Sullivan and Bideau. Bideau is guiding his burgeoning athletics career not just as a manager but also as an adviser to his coach, Bruce Scriven, on his overall training programme. It is even more familiar territory to Mottram's father, Brian, who was born and raised in London and played for Wimbledon in their Southern League days in the 1970s.
"He moved out here with my mum when he got a job opportunity 25 years ago," Craig said. "He used to work for the City of Greater Geelong, the council down here, developing the waterfront. But now he's started up his own marketing business. He played for Wimbledon before they became a professional club and soccer was my game, too, when I was growing up. I played for my state, Victoria. I was a central midfielder or striker.
"My dad spent all his life in London and my mum was born in Scotland and raised in Norwich. All of our relatives are over there. Most of them live in Buxton, which is only an hour from Manchester. They'll all be coming to watch me in the Commonwealth Games." Before Mottram goes for Commonwealth glory, though, he has his world cross-country challenge next Saturday.
Twelve months ago he finished eighth in the short-course race in the cloying mud of Ostend, behind six Kenyans and an Ethiopian, and one place and 11 seconds ahead of Brahim Boulami, the Moroccan who returned to Belgium to break the 3,000m steeplechase world record last summer.
"I'm in a lot better shape than I was last year," Mottram said. "But, as I've said to people here, I could run as well if not better than I did last year and finish 15th. It's one of those races which depends on who else is in the field and what the conditions are like. I'm aiming for the top five, but we'll just have to wait and see." Tim Hutchings will be waiting to see what happens, too. From his seat in the Eurosport commentary box, he might just see the British passport holder make the top three.
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Kim Gillard off to World Cross CountryNew South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) track and field scholarship holder Kim Gillard (Lilyfield) will head for Ireland later this week as part of the Australian team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships to be held on March 23-24. Gillard is the only NSW representative in the squad, which includes Victorian Craig Mottram, who recently broke the Australian record for the 5000m.
Although never having won a medal at what is regarded as one of the most competitive events in world athletics, Australia still boasts an impressive record in competition : Steve Moneghetti’s fourth place in 1989 is the best result ever by an Australian. He also placed sixth in 1992 while Robert De Castella also placed sixth in 1981 and 1983. Jackie Perkins fifth in 1989 is the best result by an Australian female.
The full Australian team for the championships is :
Open 12K Men
Sisay Bezabeth ACT, Dean Cavuoto ACT, Brett Cartwright ACT, Kim Gillard NSW, Julian Dwyer VIC
Open 4K Men
Mark Thompson ACT, Paul Fenn VIC, Michael Power VIC, Martin Dent ACT, Craig Mottram VIC
Open 4K Women
Natalie Harvey VIC, Anna Thompson VIC, Haley McGregor VIC, Benita Willis ACT, Melissa Rollison QLD
Junior 6K Women
Melissa Rollison QLD, Aleisha Anderson WA, Joanna Wall VIC, Clare McKechnie VIC
Junior 8K Men
Clinton Perrett VIC
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Tickets for Manchester 2002 Commonwealth GamesAthletics Australia may be able to access tickets for the track and field program at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Mahony at the Athletics Australia office on (03) 9820-3511.
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SBS Coverage of Telstra A-SeriesHighlights from the following remaining meets:
Sunday 17 March @ 12.30 pm Melbourne, VIC*
(*TOYOTA WORLD SPORTS LIVE @ 7.00 pm on Thursday 7 March)
Sunday 31 March @ 12.30 pm Adelaide, SA
Telstra A-Championships - From ANZ Stadium, Brisbane, QLD*
Sunday 14 April , LIVE @ 4.00 pm
(*TOYOTA WORLD SPORTS LIVE @ 7.00 pm on April 11, 12 and 13 inclusive)
2002 is the first year of the Telstra A-Series, a new and exciting national athletics competition formulated by Athletics Australia and its principal sponsor Telstra. It revitalises a national series in place since 1989 with a new name and a unique awards and prize money structure.
SBS Television continues its commitment to athletics with its coverage of the Telstra A-Series beginning on February 17. It will provide viewers with a two-hour highlights package from each meet (various times and dates, see above) along with all the news highlights in its prime time sports news program, TOYOTA WORLD SPORTS, nightly at 7.00 pm.
SBS will also be broadcasting their TOYOTA WORLD SPORTS program LIVE from the Melbourne meet at 7.00 pm on Thursday 7 March respectively; along with the Telstra A-Championships in Brisbane for three nights on April 11, 12 and 13 inclusive.
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Athletics NSW seeks casual staffAthletics NSW is looking to fill the following casual positions. Interested persons should contact Janet McCulloch at the ANSW Office on 02 9552 1244 or by email - firstname.lastname@example.org. These positions have also been advertised in the Club Circular.
Equipment Officer/s (ES Marks Field)
We hope to have a pool of suitable people available thorughout the week including weekends to fill this position on a roster basis for school carnivals.
- Collect keys for ES Marks from Athletics NSW office,
- Arrive at ES Marks one hour prior to carnival/booking start time unless otherwise agreed between Athletics NSW and hirer,
- Prepare equipment required as per hire request form,
- Assist hirer where practical to set up equipment,
- Return equipment to the storage areas at conclusion of the carnival,
- Complete the equipment check list with a representative of the hirer,
- Secure storage areas,
- Return keys for ES Marks to Athletics NSW office as soon as practical at the conclusion of the carnival/booking,
- Report any items requiring repair.
- Knowledge of athletics and equipment
- Maintenance skills
- High level customer service
- Drivers licence
Administration Officer (ANSW Office, Glebe)
Position is for one person on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9.00am-2pm until end of April with possible extension.
- Answer telephone and handle enquiries,
- Mail collection and distribution (PO Box at Glebe),
- Receipting of money received (entry fees, registrations etc),
- Assistancve with mail outs such as Club Circular, Officials nominations, squad newsletters etc,
- Order office supplies,
- Provide assistance to other staff as required,
- Data entry into "meet manager" program for competitions,
- Co-ordinate equipment hire requests for ES Marks.
- Knowledge of athletics
- High level customer service
- Drivers licence
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