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 Thursday, June 27, 2002 

See Golden League Meets on SBS

Created in 1998, the IAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE was developed as a concept to unify the elite individual athletics meetings held in Europe. It is the richest event on the international track and field circuit and is held in seven different European cities.

The IAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE comprises of seven meetings steeped in athletic tradition, and forms part of the IAAF Grand Prix Series, which concludes in Paris in September for the Grand Prix Final.

SBS Television will be broadcasting two hours each from all seven meetings the weekend of the event. The TV BROADCAST DATES AND TIMES OF EACH MEETING are below.

In 2002, there will be 12 events, including Triple Jump, Pole Vault, 100m, 400m hurdles and 1500m. A consistently higher level of performance is guaranteed by the participation of the world's elite athletes - who will be fighting it out for a share of the $US 1 million, 50 kilo gold bullion GOLDEN LEAGUE jackpot.

The world's best are expected to compete throughout the GOLDEN LEAGUE, including World record holders and Olympic Champions MAURICE GREENE and HICHAM EL GUERROUJ. Australia will be strongly represented throughout the Grand Prix series by athletes including MATT SHIRVINGTON, CRAIG MOTTRAM and VIKTOR CHISTIAKOV.

These IAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE broadcasts will feature commentary by an expert SBS panel including 'golden girl' JANE FLEMMING and Olympian DAVID CULBERT.

SBS Television currently holds the EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIAN FREE-TO-AIR RIGHTS to all the world's major track and field events, and is known for its broad coverage of soccer and cycling. Now, it is also Australia's athletics network.

The SBS broadcasts of the IAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE will be followed by coverage of the IAAF GRAND PRIX FINAL from Paris, France and the IAAF WORLD CUP in ATHLETICS from Madrid, Spain.

IAAF GOLDEN LEAGUE SBS BROADCAST TIMES

MOBIL BISLETT GAMES, Oslo, Norway
Sunday 30 June @ 12.30 pm

MEETING GAZ DE FRANCE,
Paris Saint Denis, France
Sunday 7 July @ 12.30 pm

GOLDEN GALA, Rome, Italy
Sunday 14 July @ 12.30 pm

HERCULIS , Monte Carlo, Monaco
Sunday 21 July @ 12.30 pm

WELTKLASSE ZURICH, Zurich, Switzerland
Sunday 18 August @ 12.30 pm

MEMORIAL VAN DAMME, Brussels, Belgium
Sunday 1 September @ 12.30 pm

ISTAF, Berlin, Germany
Saturday 7 September @ 2.40 pm
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International Stars Confirmed for 24th Gold Coast Marathon

The 24th Gold Coast Marathon on Sunday 7 July continues to go from strength to strength as entries pass 8,500 including the announcement today that Australian Commonwealth Games runner Krishna Stanton (Qld), Japanese world-beater Shigeru Aburaya and Canberra Marathon winner Gemechu Woyecha will participate.

Stanton who will represent Australia in the marathon in Manchester will run in the Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon before flying out the next day for the Commonwealth Games.

The 36-year-old Queenslander has a personal best of one hour 13 minutes 20 seconds for the half marathon, and 2:38:11 for the marathon. Her marathon time was set in her first-ever attempt over the 42.2K distance when she won the Sydney Marathon last year.

Stanton intends to run the half marathon at 'marathon pace' which, for her, equates to about 76 minutes.

Japan star Shigeru Aburaya will be the man to beat in the men's Gold Coast Bulletin Half Marathon. The 25-year-old placed fifth in the marathon in last year's World Championships in Edmonton, Canada after clocking a personal best of 2:07:52 earlier in the year in the Otsu Marathon in Japan.

The winner of the past two Canberra Marathons Gemechu Woyecha (Qatar) will also make the trek to the Gold Coast to try to better his second-placing in last year's event.

The Victorian-based athlete hails from Qatar but is seeking Australian citizenship and aims to run in the green and gold in the not-too-distant future.

Last year Woyecha clocked 2:14:40 for his second placing on the Gold Coast behind eventual winner Phil Costley from New Zealand (2:13:36).

Costley will also be back in 2002 but will run in the 10K to hone his preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Another reigning champion making a return is Japan's Takako Kotorida who won the women's Half Marathon last year in 1:12:11.

These athletes will join Sydney Olympians Rod De Highden and Kylie Risk along with Australian 2001 World Championships rep Kim Gillard among the elite entries in the fields for Sunday 7 July.

The 24th Gold Coast Marathon is supported by Queensland Events, Gold Coast City Council, Asics, pb Sports Nutrition, 92.5 Gold FM, Sea FM 90.9, The Gold Coast Bulletin, Runner's World, Thrifty, Watermark Hotel, Gold Coast Tourism Bureau, Tourism Queensland, Prime Television, Athletics Australia, Queensland Athletics, Australian University Sport North, Marriott Resort and Runaway Bay Super Sports Centre.

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Athletes dropped over Darwin slingshot incident

Two athletes who were to represent Australia next month have been suspended from their teams, pending a police investigation into an incident where slingshots caused damage to a Darwin hostel.

Gold Coast hammer thrower Aaron Fish and Australian junior sprint champion Jamie Barnes have been suspended for allegedly using a slingshot to fire ballbearings into Mitchell Street Hostel at the weekend.

Police say marbles and steel ball bearings were allegedly fired into hostel windows. It is understood the two men are helping police with their investigations.

Athletics Australia's Simon Allatson says one of the athletes was to compete in the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the other in the world junior championships in Jamaica. "We have removed both athletes from their respective Australian team representation, which is a sufficiently severe sanction in itself," Mr Allatson said. "But we'll also be looking at assessing whether additional action needs to be taken."

The 21-year-old hammer thrower's mother, Karen Fish, says he son has been harshly treated. Ms Fish says several other athletes were involved in the incident but have not "owned up". She says her son's suspension from the Manchester squad is too harsh. "As I say, I don't condone part of it and if there were windows broken they should pay for it, I don't deny that," she said. "But being sent off the team - it's not as if they were taking drugs or something like that."
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 Wednesday, June 26, 2002 

Commonwealth Games Countdown


See News Report Here

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 Monday, June 24, 2002 

Marathon Surprise for Ex-triathlete

By John Lingard
June 23 2002

The irony of her surprise selection for the Commonwealth Games marathon in Manchester next month has not been lost on former triathlon world champion Jackie Gallagher.

"I was supposedly a certainty to make the triathlon team for the Sydney Olympics and I didn't," Gallagher said. "I wasn't even considered a hope for the Commonwealth Games marathon and I made it. I feel like I've been given a second life."

Gallagher, 34, called a halt to her outstanding triathlon career soon after failing to qualify for the Olympics, but continued her involvement as head coach at the Australian Institute of Sport. "There was nothing left to achieve apart from the Olympics," she said.

Her spectacular transition to marathon racing was not without logic. "Athletics and running has always been my first love. I stopped triathlon, but I kept running every day. It is like cleaning your teeth of a morning - I have to have a run first thing.

"I have always wanted to run a marathon. One of my early idols was Rob de Castella. I am old enough to remember back to his win at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane."

When Gallagher first started athletics as a 10-year-old, she focused on high jump and sprints. But before long, she dreamt of representing her country in the 800 and 1500 metres. She discovered the longer the distances, the better she went.

At about the same time as she switched to triathlon in the early 1990s, Gallagher won the Zatopek 10,000 metres at Olympic Park in Melbourne. She put her athletics career on hold to concentrate on triathlon and won the 1996 world championship.

In the same year, Gallagher and swim superstar Susie O'Neill shared the Australian sportswoman of the year award. "I've got some great memories of my win and three seconds at the worlds, but I don't miss triathlon. I haven't been on a bike for 18 months and I now swim like a marathon runner."

Gallagher chose Boston for her marathon debut for several reasons. "It fitted in with my triathlon coaching commitments. I knew the race director and that he would give me a start. I had a friend over there and the history of the Boston race captured my imagination.

"Given that I didn't know if it was going to be my first, last or only marathon, I was determined to run really well. I would have been disappointed if I hadn't broken two hours 40 minutes. I didn't set out to secure Games selection, but I was aware of the qualifying time."

Gallagher finished 11th and clocked 2:35.46, less than a minute outside the Games' A qualifying time. "It was not quite as hard as I expected it to be . . . The challenge was pacing it right," she said.

"Making the Games team didn't seem real. Now it has sunk in, I think it is awesome. I am just going to do the best I can in Manchester. I am not really thinking about winning a medal, but I'm not ruling it out.

"Leading into the Sydney Olympics, failure was not an option. I was going to do well, no matter what. In the end, I was so worn down I couldn't get out of my own road. I wanted it too much, tried too hard and killed myself trying.

"I am a bit more laidback in my attitude these days. This time, it is more of a bonus."

Gallagher joins Kerryn McCann and Krishna Stanton as Australia's marathon hopes. Bowral mother of four Heather Turland won marathon gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur at the age of 38.

Article from The Age

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Johnson's Two-distance Campaign a Tough Ask

By Len Johnson
June 24 2002

Benita Johnson's year could scarcely have gone any better. Just as well, because she faces a formidable task if she is to win a medal on the track at the Commonwealth Games.

The 23-year-old from Mackay - the hometown of both Susie O'Neill and Cathy Freeman; what is in the water up there? - will run both the 5000 and 1500 metres in Manchester. With medals on the track likely to be a rarity for Australia, Johnson faces tough opposition.

Paula Radcliffe will be the favourite in the 5000 metres, with a trio of Kenyans likely to try team running against the English favourite.

The 1500 is likely to boast as many medal chances as a Melbourne Cup field does potential winners.

Adding a further dimension, the heats of the 1500 are on the morning after the final of the 5000. The timing is not bad if you are on a high, but represents a problem otherwise.

Johnson brings impressive form to the job. At cross-country, she won an international race in Japan, then finished fourth in the four-kilometre race at the world cross-country titles.

On the track, Johnson suffered a rare domestic defeat in the national 5000 title but bounced back two days later to run the season's quickest time for 1500. In May, she went to Osaka and beat a strong field of Japanese, Kenyans and Ethiopians to win over 5000 in Australian record time.

If it takes a run of similar calibre to win a medal in Manchester, Johnson is made of the right stuff.

Article from The Age

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Power Secures Her Position

By Len Johnson
June 24 2002

Susie Power confirmed her place in the Commonwealth Games team at 10,000 metres with an outstanding run to win the Victorian 15-kilometre road championships at Albert Park yesterday.

Power clocked 48 minutes 49 seconds - the best by an Australian woman - to win by almost four minutes from Serena Gibbs. More importantly, she was well inside the performance standard set for her to confirm her Manchester spot.

The selectors had asked for something within a minute of the 49:28 Power ran in the same race on the same course last year. Instead, she ran almost 40 seconds faster.

With England's Paula Radcliffe opting to run the 5000 metres only at the Games, Power comes right into calculations at the 10,000.

She ran the fourth-fastest time in the world last year in winning the Zatopek race in Melbourne in December and earlier finished third behind Ethiopian world championships gold and silver medallists Derartu Tulu and Ayelech Worku at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane.

Injury struck Power after the Zatopek race, however, and she did not run for the first few months of 2002 and has got back into something approaching full training only in the past six weeks. Providing she does not suffer any reaction to racing two weeks in a row on the roads - Power also won a race at Albert Park a week before yesterday's event - she is certain to be in contention in Manchester.

Power will have one more race in Australia before leaving for Manchester. She will run in the Victorian women's eight-kilometre cross-country title at Bundoora on July 7 against Games marathon representative, Kerryn McCann. Her only track race planned before the Games is a 5000 in Stockholm on July 16.

It might seem a little bit light on track racing before a major championship, but Power followed a similar pattern before doing so well in the Goodwills and at the Zatopek last year.

Mark Thompson won the men's race yesterday to take his first state title after many attempts. Thompson clocked 44 minutes 58 seconds to win in a close finish from world championships marathoner Nick Harrison.

Shane Nankervis, who was with the first two until the last few hundred metres, was third, less than 10 seconds behind the winner.

Article from The Age


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 Tuesday, June 18, 2002 

2002 AUSTRALIAN WORLD MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM ANNOUNCED

Athletics Australia recently announced the selection of eight athletes to contest the 18th World Mountain Running Championships, Innsbruck, Austria 13th September 2002. This year's event will be an ascent course in the tough Austrian Tyrol.

MEN: Paul Crake (ACT); Russell Chin (NSW); David Osmond (ACT); Steven Page (QLD)

WOMEN: June Petrie (VIC); Louise Fairfax (TAS); Sue Clark (VIC) and Angela Sheean (NSW) (subject to a performance test before July 31st).

The Australian Men's team is lead by 2001 and 2002 Australian champion Paul Crake from Canberra, who finished 17th in last year's World Mountain Running Championships. Crake has had a successful career to date, recording several top ten placings at the World Mountain Running Grand Prix, winning the Empire State Building Run Up for the last four years and more recently, finishing just one second behind New Zealand World Champion Jonathon Wyatt in the Auckland Skytower stair race. Crake departs for Europe next week to contest the European mountain running Grand Prix Series and is aiming for a top ten placing in the World Championship.

Joining Crake in the men's team is Wollongong's Russell Chin, ACT's David Osmond and Stephen Page from Queensland. Chin finished second to Paul Crake in the 2002 Australian Mountain Running Championship in his debut mountain run. Osmond won the 2002 ACT championship and has won the Thredbo Crackenback Challenge a record eight times and twice finished second in the Empire State Building Run Up. Queenslander Stephen Page is a strong cross country runner who finished fourth in the Australian Mountain Running Championship.

The Australian Women's team is headed by NSW runner Angela Sheean, representing Australia in her fourth World Mountain Running Championship and looks set to be a top contender at this year's event. Sheean's inclusion in the team is subject to a performance test before July 31st, yet she has consistently been the best performing Australian in recent years, finishing in the top twenty. Another major highlight for Sheean was her win in the Empire State Building Run Up.

Completing the Australian Women's team are Victorian runners, June Petrie, Sue Clarke, and Tasmanian Louise Fairfax. Petrie was the first Australian home in the 2002 Australian Mountain Running Championship at Mt Buffalo in April. Fairfax finished fourth at the 1992 World Championship and has been in the top 16 consistently since then. Fairfax is the current Women's 50 world veterans mountain running champion. Clark was the third Australian across the finish line at the Australian Mountain Running Championship. Clark finished sixth in the Australian Cross Country Championship in 2001, took out the 2001 Victorian Half Marathon, and represented Australia in the Chiba Ekiden in November 2001, her first Australian team at elite level.


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 Monday, June 17, 2002 

McCann Maintains Momentum at Nike Classic (Sydney)

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) distance runner Kerryn McCann (Coledale) has continued to build momentum in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games with victory in the Nike Classic held at the Sydney Domain on Sunday (June 16).

After recently winning the Sydney Half Marathon (May 26) and performing strongly at the World Half Marathon Championships (May 5), McCann continued her series of good performances by finishing the 10km race in 33:41, a staggering four minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

Nike Women's Classic 10km Results

Nike Women's Classic 5km Results
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 Friday, June 14, 2002 

Latest Australian Rankings

Men

1500m

Youcef Abdi 3:38.12
Craig Mottram 3:38.95
Clinton Mackevicius 3:43.12

3000m

Shaun Creighton 7:49.04
Sisay Bezabeh 8:03.85
Brett Cartwright 8:04.12

5000m

Craig Mottram 13:12.04
Michael Power 13:39.94
Scott Westcott 13:40.28

10,000m

Sisay Bezabeh 27:49.09
Dean Cavuoto 27:50.73
Brett Cartwright 27:54.93

Half Marathon

Scott Westcott 1:04:18
Rod De Highden 1:04:33
Russell Dessaix-Chin 1:06:39

Marathon

Andrew Letherby 2:15:53
Nick Harrison 2:17:24
Gemechu Woyecha (Qat) 2:20:20

Women

1500m

Benita Willis-Johnson 4:09.15
Georgie Clarke 4:09.7
Melissa Rollison 4:09.8

3000m

Natalie Harvey 9:03.14
Serena Gibbs 9:31.6
Joanna Wall 9:35.25

5000m

Benita Willis-Johnson 15:01.44
Haley McGregor 15:32.17
Anna Thompson 15:44.29

10,000m

Kerryn McCann 33:20
Belinda Martin 34:41
Serena Gibbs 34:57

Half Marathon

Kerryn McCann 1:09:47
Liz Miller 1:13:45
Anna Thompson 1:15:03

Marathon

Kerryn McCann 2:28:30
Jackie Gallagher 2:35:46
Sherryn Rhodes 2:42:26

Full Australian and Victorian rankings available here


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 Thursday, June 13, 2002 

SMH Half Marathon Highlights on TV

Channel 10 will be showing a highlights show of the half this Sunday 16th June from 12:30 to 1pm.

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 Saturday, June 08, 2002 

Australian 100km Team announced

See news article here
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 Friday, June 07, 2002 

TELSTRA AUSTRALIAN CROSS COUNTRY & ROAD WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

IGA AUSTRALIAN ALL SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
17th /18th AUGUST 2002

Conducted by Nowra Athletics Club Inc.
At "WILLANDRA", Browns Mountain Road Cambewarra and Park Road Nowra.

The information below may be helpful regarding the upcoming cross country championships.

1. local accomodation lists
2. Bus contacts- Berry Bus Service 0244641532; Harrisons 0244233650; Premier Buses 133410; Stuart Bus Co 0244210332
3. Timetable and entry form. This entry is being used by Athletics NSW, your state may have its own entry form. Completed entry forms should be sent to your state athletics office together with the required fee. Entry form is here as MS-EXCEL format

Post race functions: Expressions of interest from interstate visitors are required before a Disco for under-age people and a Dinner Dance for 'others' are confirmed.

Rod Gibb
Event Director
willandra@shoal.net.au
Ph 0244460226
Mob 0418262533
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Melbourne to sport historic statue

A sculpture depicting one of Australia's most historic sporting moments will be unveiled at the Melbourne tennis centre this morning.

The piece highlights a fall by athlete Ron Clarke during the 1956 Australian Mile Championships and the now Victorian Governor, John Landy stopping to help.

Mr Clarke believes the sculpture will be a lasting legacy to sportsmanship.

"I hope it's a reminder of everything that sport stands for, in other words it's the game that's the most important thing, not the triumphs - the winning or the losing," he said.
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Commonwealth Games Athletics Team In Darwin

The Australian Commonwealth Games Athletics Team kicks off its Commonwealth Games preparations this Friday, June 7, in Darwin.

The first group of athletes arriving in the Northern territory, includes Goodwill Games bronze medallist Matt Shirvington and fellow sprinter Patrick Johnson, Olympic semi-finalist Lauren Hewitt and Jana Pittman, the current World Junior record holder over 400m.

A second wave of arrivals rolls into Darwin on June 14, headed by the first Australian woman to break the magical seven metre mark in the long Jump, Bronwyn Thompson and current Commonwealth record holder in the hammer throw, 2002 Telstra Female Athlete of the Season, Bronwyn Eagles.

Most of the Australian team will remain in Darwin until July 3, although various athletes depart earlier, to take part in the highly competitive European season in preparation for the 2002 Commonwealth Games starting July 25.

The rest of this article is available at www.athletics.org.au/news/details.cfm?ObjectID=1149
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 Wednesday, June 05, 2002 

Latest World Rankings

Benita Johnson is ranked 14th and Craig Mottram 32nd in the latest 5000-10,000m world rankings issued by the IAAF.

The Kenyans continue their dominance of men's middle distance running with six out of the top seven rankings.

Complete world rankings list
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 Tuesday, June 04, 2002 

Landy and Clarke Still Good Sports

By JOHN HAMILTON
04jun02

"THIS has to be close to being the most embarrassing moment of my life," said Governor John Landy.

But some of Melbourne's greatest sporting names gathered under a marquee outside Vodafone Arena yesterday failed to agree.
They were there to see Premier Steve Bracks, John Landy and Ron Clarke, assisted by 18 youngsters from Little Athletics, haul down a blue sheet to unveil Melbourne's newest monument -- the 2.7m statue by Mitch Miller entitled Sportsmanship.

Sponsored by the State Government and The Herald & Weekly Times, the bronze work captures the immortal moment during the 1956 Australian mile championship when race favourite Landy stopped to help a fallen Clarke.

As journalist and author Harry Gordon said yesterday: "It all began with an accident -- if Ron Clarke had not had the misfortune to come a cropper we wouldn't be here today.

"That tumble in Olympic Park, so close to this wonderful setting, set off a chain of events which have culminated in the creation of the superb work of sculpture.

"What happened that day in 1956 consisted really of a series of dramatic, sequential moments.

"As Ron Clarke crashed down after a heel had been clipped, one of his rival competitors, John Landy, who was very close behind, leaped desperately to clear his body.

"As he did so, his running spikes dug into poor Ron. Landy pulled up afterwards, somehow at one stage on the grass inside the track.

"With other runners streaming past him, he took the time to trot back to Clarke who was still on the ground, to check how badly hurt he was. Yes, he also apologised.

"Assured that the injury wasn't too serious, Landy looked up, and did something that astonished everyone who was present on that day.

"He began to chase after a field of runners that had gone a long way past him.

"He had about a lap and a half to go. At the bell lap he was fairly hurtling. And, amazingly, he won that race.

"His act of chivalry had cost him perhaps up to seven seconds and he recorded the very fast time of four minutes 4.2 seconds.

"He was a world record holder at the time with 3.58.0 and there is no doubt that he sacrificed the chance of setting another world mark."

The complete article is here on the Herald Sun website.

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 Monday, June 03, 2002 

JLL Challenge CANCELLED for 2002

This media release has been received:

Hi Folks!

The Mt Buller to Melbourne Multisport Challenge will not be staged this year
due to not being able to sign a new naming rights sponsor for the event.

Jones Lang LaSalle, our naming rights sponsor since the inception of the
Challenge in 1994, has made a decision not to continue their sponsorship due
to a change in their corporate marketing objectives and a restructure of
their Regional business.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jones Lang LaSalle for their
loyalty and support of this unique event and I am sure the goodwill created
during their sponsorship will live on for many years into the future.

I will keep searching for a naming rights sponsor for the 2003 event.

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.

Kind regards

Garry Ebbeling
Challenge Events


More information about the event at www.challengeevents.com.au
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