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 Saturday, July 31, 2004 

Mottram breaks Aust 5000m Record

Australian runner Craig Mottram produced a stunning performance at the British Grand Prix in London to finish second in the 5,000 metres behind Olympic champion and former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie.

Mottram crossed the finish line in a time of 12 minutes 55.76 to smash his Australian record and break the 13 minute barrier for the first time.

The 24-year-old Victorian bravely took the lead with one lap to go, but was overhauled by Gebrselassie in the dying stages.

Gebrselassie won in a time of 12:55.51.

Complete article at The ABC
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 Friday, July 30, 2004 

Palace to provide guide for Mottram

CRAIG MOTTRAM's performance in the 5000 metres at the London Grand Prix athletics meeting tomorrow should be revealing.

It will be the 24-year-old's last race over his Olympic distance before the Games and gives him, along with the rest of the world, a real indication as to whether he can seriously challenge for a medal.

Anything less than a top-three finish in London will be a disappointment for the Geelong runner.

But a win would be just what Mottram needs to convince himself he is capable of surprising the world in Athens.

Mottram is the 14th fastest man over 5000m this year but only three of the six Ethiopians and three of the five Kenyans ahead of him can compete at the Olympics.

The two other men to have run faster than the Australian this year are from Morocco and Bahrain.

Boniface Songok from Kenya, Abderrahim Goumri from Morocco and Ethiopian Abiyote Abate are the only three of the top 13 runners over 5000m this year included in the field at Crystal Palace tomorrow.

And Mottram is determined to get the better of them.

``I don't go to any race to come second or third, I go in every race to try to win,'' Mottram said.

``It's the last 5000m I do before the Olympics -- it's not the be all and end all, but I'd love to do well there. It would give me some confidence.''

World cross-country champion Benita Johnson will compete in the women's 5000m, while sprinter Josh Ross will run the 100m and Adam Miller the 200m.

Australia's top women's pole vaulter Kym Howe will be up against world record-holder Yelena Isinbayeva from Russia, while Will Hamlyn-Harris will compete in the javelin. Triple jumper Andrew Murphy will also compete in London, along with in-form long jumper Bronwyn Thompson.

Article from The Australian
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Crystal Palace to test Aussies

Tonight’s IAAF Grand Prix meet at Crystal Palace will see some of Australia’s top athletes go head to head against some of the best in the world.

All eyes will be on Craig Mottram who competes in his last race over his Olympic distance (5000m) before Athens – the result could be a good indication of what to expect come the Games.

Mottram is the 14th fastest man over 5000m this year (only three of the six Ethiopians and three of the five Kenyans ahead of him can compete at the Olympics), and the 24 year old faces some stiff opposition - Haile Gebrselassie in his last ever British track race, Kenya’s Boniface Songok, Abderrahim Goumri from Morocco, and Ethiopian Abiyote Abate.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Mottram sets up for final burst

From Sharon Mathieson in London

HE says it's not the be all and end all but Craig Mottram's performance in the 5000m at the London Grand Prix athletics meeting on Friday should be revealing.

It will be the 24-year-old's last race over his Olympic distance before the Athens Games and gives him, along with the rest of the world, a real indication as to whether he can seriously challenge for an Olympic medal.

Anything less than a top three finish in London will be a disappointment for the Geelong runner.

But a win would be just what Mottram needs to convince himself he's capable of surprising the world with a medal performance in Athens.

Mottram is the 14th fastest man over 5,000m this year but only three of the six Ethiopians and three of the five Kenyans ahead of him can compete at the Olympics.

The two other men to have run faster than the Australian this year are from Morocco and Bahrain.

Boniface Songok from Kenya, Abderrahim Goumri from Morocco and Ethiopian Abiyote Abate are the only three of the top 13 runners over 5000m this year included in the field of 19 running at Crystal Palace on Friday night.

And Mottram is determined to get the better of them.

"I don't go to any race to come second or third, I go in every race to try and win," he said.

"It's the last 5000m I do before the Olympics, it's not the be all and end all but I'd love to do well there, it would give me some confidence.

"But after that there's still four weeks to go until my race in Athens so it will be a good indication.

"Either way, there's still a lot of work to be done."

World cross country champion Benita Johnson will compete in the women's 5000m on Friday while sprinter Josh Ross will run the 100m and Adam Miller is in the 200m.

Australia's top women's pole vaulter Kym Howe will be up against world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva from Russia while Will Hamlyn-Harris will compete in the javelin.

Triple jumper Andrew Murphy will also compete in London along with in-form long jumper Bronwyn Thompson.

American Marion Jones has withdrawn from the London meeting, saying she wants to concentrate on her pre-Olympic training in the United States.

Jones has been under intense scrutiny for several months after being implicated in the investigation into the company which allegedly supplied banned performance-enhancing drugs to elite athletes.

Jones has denied taking illegal drugs but last week her former husband, C.J. Hunter, claimed she had been taking banned substances before and during the Sydney Olympics, where she won a record five medals.

AAP

Article from Fox Sports
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Mottram to take mark against Ethiopian duo

by Len Johnson

Craig Mottram and Benita Johnson will test their Olympic ambitions in London tonight.

Mottram will be up against the great Ethiopian pair Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele in the men's 5000, his Olympic distance. It will be Gebrselassie's farewell track race in London.

Johnson's main Athens objective is the 10,000 metres. She will race over 5000 tonight, measuring the speed with which she is returning to form after a leg injury.

Complete article at The Age website
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Announcing Great Ocean Road Marathon 2005

A "stunning" world class marathon will be held from Lorne to Apollo Bay next year. The race, to be known as the Great Ocean Road Marathon, has the potential to become the best race of its kind in the world, organiser John Craven said yesterday.

"It will take time," Craven said, "but the course and the scenery are unequalled anywhere in the world."

The race was announced this week by race patron, marathon legend Steve Moneghetti. It will be run on May 15 next year in conjunction with a half marathon. On the preceding Saturday a 6 km and 14 km race will be held, making the weekend of racing accessible to all levels of athletes.

The event is being organised by the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and its subsidiary company Great Ocean Road Marathon Pty Ltd and will be managed by Craven's company, Caribou Publications, which is responsible for the Herald Sun Tour.

The event has been listed on the national athletics calendar and is being supported by major tourism and local government organisations.

Organisers are aware of the challenge, with the race taking on some of the big-name marathons in world athletics, including icons such as London, Hamburg, Boston and Vancouver.

"No matter when you run it, you're going to clash with other big marathons somewhere in the world," Craven said yesterday. "The others have had a 40 year start so we have the challenge before us."

Craven has the extensive international sporting connections and credentials to make the race a success. He has probably brought more sporting talent to Australia than any other promoter and his background of running the Great Otway Classic for 16 years has given him excellent contacts, especially in Africa.

Moneghetti said it promised to be a superb road race.

"One of the attractions of Sydney's City to Surf is that you finish at the beach, an Australian icon," he said. "It started out with about 200 competitors and now attracts about 55,000. We are confident the GO will quickly become the runners' favourite."

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism chairman Ross Stephens said the event had already received valuable support from the community and local government.

"People recognise immediately the potential of such an international sports event," he said.
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 Thursday, July 29, 2004 

The Noosa Journal Half Marathon

With less than two months to go until the 2004 Noosa Half incorporating the Noosa Journal Half Marathon (21.1km), the Noosa 10km or the Wide Bay Australia 5km run/walk it's time to get serious about entering.

The Noosa Journal Half Marathon is a two lap totally flat course giving competitors a chance to record a PB or simply take your time and enjoy the views.

The Noosa 10km is the ONLY ten kilometre event on the Sunshine Coast and the Wide Bay Australia 5km run/walk is ideal for the whole family to take part, with $2 from each entry being donated to the "Give me 5 for Kids" foundation. An initiative of the Sunshine Coast Health Services Foundation to raise money for paediatric equipment at the Nambour Hospital.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Calling all female runners!

Since 1986 the Ryka Queen of the Lake has been used by women of all abilities as a chance to test themselves against the clock and their peers or just for a great social morning out.

As an all female event, the friendly and welcoming atmosphere has served as a great introduction for many females into the marvelous world of running while other more seasoned competitors will be aiming for a new personal best.

There is the choice of a 5 and 10km run or walk around the famous track around Albert Park Lake and there will be many spot prizes given away on the day.

Complete article at the Athletics Australia website
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Family joins in annual fun run

by Ian Frazer

YOUNG Innisfail cross-country runner Cian Gray has convinced his family to join him in the 10.5km BHP Billiton Townsville Running Festival fun run on Sunday.

Cian, 13, a Peninsula representative in the recent State titles in Maryborough, will be joined in Sunday's race by his parents, Michael and Mairin, both 45, and sisters Treasa, 11, and Aedin, 9.

Michael, a teacher at Good Counsel Primary School in Innisfail, said yesterday he had been ``roped into'' running by Cian.

He said Mairin and the girls had decided to enter too when they saw that walkers were welcome.

``They will run a few kilometres, they are keen to give it a go,'' he said.

More than 30 runners from Cairns and Innisfail have entered in either the marathon, half-marathon or fun run.

A total of 226 entries had been received in the three events -- most of them from regional Queensland.

Mathew Treacher, 40, a miner from Emerald, is looking forward to the end of five months' training in what will be his first marathon.

Treacher had planned to run in the Gold Coast marathon earlier this month, but was unable to get time off work.

``I'd like to go around three hours 10 minutes,'' he said yesterday.

``I did 1:32 for the half last year and have done a lot of training since then.''

Entry forms for the three events can be downloaded from the Townsville Road Runners' web site located at townsvilleroadrunners.com.au, and are also available from local sports stores.

Competitors can register at the Tobruk Pool on Saturday from 3pm, and entries in the fun run will also be accepted at the pool -- where the races start and finish -- on Sunday morning.

The marathon starts at 5.30am, the half-marathon at 7.10am and the 10.5km fun run at 7.45am.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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Harvey best over long haul

MALVERN Harriers' men's side did its best at last weekend's Bundoora Park Cross Country Championships, but placed 11th and last in the 12km division one open race.

Ballarat YCW veteran Steve Moneghetti won the event at the age of 41.

Malvern's top finisher in the field of 289 runners was Christopher Harvey, who was 63rd in 43:40. His time was fifth fastest in the 40-44 age group.

Andrew Reid was 70th overall in 44:01, Paul Marr 88th in 45:05, Alun Sainsbury 94th in 45:16, Tim Crosbie 114th in 46:18 and Martin Gamble 135th in 47:05.

They were followed by John Moir (47:43), Ashley Snowden (48:18), Mark Bartholomeus (49:54), Francis Kaszmarek (50:22), John Neil (51:26), Rob Metzke (52:21), David Jones (57:52) and Ewald Seibold (65:07).

At the Victorian Road Relay Championships at Sandown Racecourse earlier this month, Malvern finished a respectable 11th place in the men's division one event after battling with Keilor St Bernards for much of the race.

Alex White (20:29) ran the fastest leg for the men. Talented junior Jon Matthews was next best for the Harriers with a time of 22:03, while club stalwart Andrew Reid ran 22:26.

Martin Gamble, Ashley Snowden and John Williams made up the rest of the team. Williams suffered a tear to his Achilles tendon on the first lap, but still managed to finish.

Steve Bailey, backing up six days after his marathon debut on the Gold Coast, clocked 23:09 for the Division 3 squad, which was one of top 10 Malvern performances of the day. Mark Bartholomeus continued his impressive return to form with a strong 24:36 as the first runner for the Division 3 team.

Two of Malvern's coaching panel, David Stones and Peter Coles, ran well in Division 3, as did John Moir, who is enjoying a successful return to competition racing in 2004.

Just like in the old days, Barbara Fay found herself competing against the men as she filled a spot in the Men's Division 6 team. Fay ran a solid 29:44 to combine with Rob Metzke, Eddie Seibold and Francis Kaszmarek for a strong finish.

Malvern's Over 40 men's side once again finished second. Steven Mulholland claimed the fastest time for the Malvern team with 21:43, and was ably supported by regulars Tim Crosbie and Chris Harvey. Max Howard made a welcome return to competition after struggling with injuries. His time of 22:34 was amongst the quickest of all the Over 50s, and together with John Neil and David Jones, helped guide the team to fifth position.

Interested in running for the Harriers? contact either Michelle Jelleff on 9597 9552, or Tim Crosbie on 0400 007 931. Training is Tuesday and Thursday nights at Kooyong Park.

Article from the Malvern Prahran Leader.
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Seibold-Crosbie steers Malvern to victory

KATE Seibold-Crosbie helped steer the Malvern Harriers women's squad to another victory by placing second at the Bundoora Park Cross Country Championships.

The only runner to finish ahead of the Malvern star was Olympian Haley McGregor, of Knox Athletic Club. McGregor was using the 8km race as her final Australian hit-out before leaving to Europe to prepare for the 10,000m, which she'll run in Athens.

McGregor covered the traditionally difficult course in 26:15, 78 seconds ahead of Seibold-Crosbie (27:33).

Malvern was able to grab the team win by a single point thanks to the efforts of Tracey Leann Austin, who was 13th in 29:28, Michelle Jelleff (30:15), Marienne Hibbert (31:56), Jillian Jackson (33:49), Clare M. Pearce (34:47), Kerri Bailey (35:53), Angie Kent and Barbara May Fay (37:38).

Hibbert's time was third quickest in the 45-plus age category, Kent's 11th and Fay's 12th.

Seibold-Crosbie's return to form follows a series of setbacks including illness and a foot injury as a result of a car accident in February.

Scheduled to run the Rotterdam Marathon in April, Seibold-Crosbie was struck down by a virus only two days before the race and was forced to withdraw.

However, she was accepted as a late entrant in the Hamburg Marathon two days later where she was the sixth woman to cross the finish line in the 21,000 strong field, 6000 of which were women.

At the 32km mark, Seibold-Crosbie was forced to stop running for some four minutes due to severe cramps, but she persevered and ran a personal best 2:47.00.

She followed up that effort with a second-place showing in the Victorian 10km road championship and a runner-up finish in the Sydney Nike Women's Classic.

Seibold-Crosbie will represent Victoria at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Canberra next month before turning her attention to the Sydney Marathon in September.

The Sydney race will be Seibold-Crosbie's last appearance as a member of the Prime Minister's ``Running for a Future'' team.

The program has provided five up-and-coming distance runners with financial assistance and support to compete in national and international events. As well as partially funding her European race campaign, Seibold-Crosbie has also received valuable support from her program mentor Kerryn McCann, who will be Austraila's sole runner in the Olympic women's marathon.

Article from the Malvery Prahran Leader.
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Mona takes Vic Cross Country Champs

STEVE Moneghetti showed his dominance in Victorian distance running by winning the Victorian 12 km Cross-Country Championship last Saturday.

The race, held at Bundoora Park in very cold and windy conditions, covered a 3 km circuit including a climb up Mt Cooper, one of the highest points in Melbourne.

The leading group stayed together for two laps but, on the third, Moneghetti and Simon Field (St Kevin's) broke away. Not long later, Moneghetti powered away from Field and ran the last lap on his own to win in 36:23.

Field finished second (36:47), well clear of Clinton Perrett (Mentone) 37:09, and Nigel Adkin (APS United) 37:22.

Moneghetti led his team, Ballarat YCW, to a victory in Division 1, ahead of Glenhuntly and Geelong.

The APS ranks were thinner than usual and it could manage just ninth, though Julian Marsh ran well with 38:44.

Other APS runners: James Atkinson 40:14, Sean Olsen 43:12, Andrew Edwards 43:40, Ross Becroft 47:36, Bruce Wilson 49:40 and Christopher Worsnop 52:35.

Article from the Progress Press.
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 Wednesday, July 28, 2004 

Mottram makes strides before Athens

Things keep getting better for Australian Craig Mottram in the lead-up to the Athens Olympics.

He added another season's best performance on Sunday when he finished third in the 1500 metres in the cold and wind at the Birmingham International, a month before his Athens 5000m.

Mottram led for the first 1300m before being overtaken by Kenya's Laban Rotich (3 minutes 38.69 sec) and American Rob Myers (3:39.38). He ran his season's best time of 3:40.09 and, perhaps more importantly, gained experience in dealing with the unexpected.

"Running this race is about learning to be relaxed and be at the front of pressure," Mottram said.

Complete article at the Sydney Morning Herald website
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 Tuesday, July 27, 2004 

Ready, set for a record One week to starter's gun

BRIDGE to Brisbane preparations are complete and Queensland's biggest fun run awaits only the starter's pistol.

Next Sunday morning a record crowd will stream over the Gateway Bridge and along the river to the finish line and entertainment in New Farm Park.

Among the more than 15,000 runners and walkers on the 12km and 4.25km courses will be a strong contingent from Guide Dog Queensland, the major charity beneficiary.

The organisation expects to use the proceeds to train more than 20 pups to become seeing-eye dogs.

Among the corporate runners is Channel 9 newsreader Bruce Paige, who has entered with his son, David, 21, and fitness trainer Mark ``Chopper'' Burgess.

``Chopper will be running behind me with a cattle prod,'' Paige, 56, said.

``I concede I will come second to David -- it's a case of Dad and Dave preparing for the Bridge to Brisbane.''

Liberal Lord Mayor Campbell Newman is also entering the 12km run, supported by Labor councillors who are doing the walk.

Runners have a chance of $77,000 worth of prizes, including a Suzuki Liana sedan to be drawn after the race.

Mail entries for the 8th Sunday Mail Suncorp Fun Run have closed but you can register at the official Race Office at 39 Mayne Rd, Bowen Hills, until Saturday.

Article from the Sunday Mail.
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Movie Star to run City to Surf for Greenpeace

An Australian movie favourite since her standout 1994 role in Muriel's Wedding, Toni Collette is now lending her support to another Australian icon, Sydney's The Sun-Herald City to Surf.

Collette will lead a Greenpeace team of more than 100 people in the run on Sunday, August 8.

The internationally renowned actor will be joined by several fellow celebrities running or walking on behalf of Greenpeace, including Lonely Planet travel publishing co-founder Tony Wheeler and Julian Morrow and Chas Licciardello of ABC-TV's CNNNN and satirical newspaper The Chaser.

"I am joining the Greenpeace team to show my support and have a bit of fun at the same time," Collette said.

"Greenpeace does an important job in protecting our environment. I'd urge everyone to get out there and do something simple and enjoyable for the planet."

Complete article at The SMH
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Patrick Johnson's Olympic appeal thrown out

Australian sprinter Patrick Johnson had his appeal against non-selection in the Olympic 100 metres and 200 metres dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last night.

The ruling meant that Johnson, the only Australian to have broken the 10-second barrier for the 100m, would only be considered for the 4x100m relay team at the Athens Games.

Had his appeal in the 100m been successful, he would have taken the berth of the reigning Australian national title-holder, Joshua Ross, whose personal best is far inferior.

CAS spokesman Richard Redmond announced the decision at the end of a hearing lasting nearly three hours last night.

The 31-year-old Johnson has no further avenues of appeal.

Complete article at The SMH
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 Sunday, July 25, 2004 

Athletes decry out of season drug-testing plan

Athletes must now provide accurate information about their location three months in advance or be banned from competition on a three-strikes-and-out basis under a new policy planned by the Australian Sports Drug Agency.

Out-of-competition contact details remain one of sport's biggest headaches, particularly for overseas-based athletes, with the new policy shifting the onus from the sport to the individual.

Athletes will have to provide hard copies of their contact details three months in advance, overcoming the costly problem of testers arriving at locations to find the athlete missing. The agency said 70 per cent of its tests were conducted on a "no advance notice" basis.

But sports have branded the move unrealistic and ridiculous, saying it does not cater for changeable training and competition demands on athletes, nor takes into account the varying work schedules of part-time sportspeople.

Under the policy, if an agency tester reports an athlete missing three times from nominated locations, they would be treated as a positive test result and banned in accordance with the anti-doping policy of their sport.

The chairman of selectors for Athletics Australia, David Culbert, a former Olympic long jumper, said out-of-competition testing was vital, but the policy as it stood was "unrealistic".

Complete article at The Age
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 Saturday, July 24, 2004 

Court's the winner for Olympic hopefuls

As a fun-loving athlete at the Barcelona Olympics, David Culbert remembers the days when elite competitors did not have to pack their QC's contact number for a meet along with their spikes and tracksuit.

It was only 12 years ago when Culbert made the long jump final. It was a time when Australia's medal contenders were bigger players in the lead-up to a Games than learned legal minds like Jerrold Cripps, Susan Kenny, Robert Anderson and Bernard Gross.

They became central figures this week in a sequence of court appeals and public defences against doping allegations that have involved cyclists Sean Eadie, Jobie Dajka and Ben Kersten, and weightlifter Caroline Pileggi.

Where sportsmen and women, when wronged by selectors, once considered the best they could go to was to whinge to the court of public opinion, now they often take an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the end of a lengthy appeal process in which the first stop is independent tribunals that usually uphold the choices of selectors.

The wheels of justice grind away at CAS because of the Australian Olympic Committee's insistence on national sporting federations permitting athletes a right of appeal system which is legally defensible in this litigious era.

"Back around the time of Barcelona, you either got selected or you didn't, and the selection criteria (for athletics) was one page long," said Culbert, now Athletics Australia's chairman of selectors.

"Now you have to be a lawyer to read it and understand it. It's become mind-blowingly complex and legalistic at times. It can come down to the definition of single words – what does 'subject to' mean? Those are the sort of discussions you have. It's ridiculous.

"There's no appeal to CAS under normal AA guidelines, but the AOC requires there be an opportunity to take it to CAS and it's their team."

Complete article at The Courier-Mail
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Australian triple jumper cleared of doping breach

An elite Australian track and field athlete has been cleared of doping offences and is free to compete at the Athens Olympics, athletics officials said.

Australian head coach Keith Connor said a triple jumper was the athlete involved, although Athletics Australia refused to name the athlete, citing federal privacy laws.

"I haven't spoken to Andrew today, I haven't got any feedback from him yet, so I'm not sure how much of a distraction it's been for him," Connor said Friday from the Australian team camp in Varese in Italy.

Connor, who used to be the personal coach before taking on the national job, said: "From the reports I've seen he has no case to answer."

Complete article, including the athletes full name, at ChannelNews Asia
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 Thursday, July 22, 2004 

Australia won't run in Freeman footsteps

Australia will be unrepresented in the Athens Olympics in the event where Cathy Freeman ran into sporting history at the Sydney Games.

Annabelle Smith's decision yesterday not to continue her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport means that Australia will not have a single runner in the women's 400m.

It was a double blow for the 21-year-old from Sydney, who learnt on Tuesday that the 4x400m relay squad had also missed out on qualifying.

Smith, who is in Europe, came down with a virus on Friday. Soon after, she learnt her initial appeal to an Athletics Australia tribunal against her omission from the 400m had been turned down.

Complete article at The West Australian
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It's an extreme sport - just ask Pheidippides

It's going to be hot. It's going to be polluted. And it was always going to be long.

But just as runners such as Kerryn McCann prepare for the marathon at the Athens Olympics, scientists have come up with a reminder of the dangers of the 42-kilometre race.

They say the mid-August heat - not the Athens traffic, as some recent visitors have suggested - may have been a big factor in the sudden death of the original marathon runner, a messenger called Pheidippides, in 490 BC.

According to legend, Pheidippides ran from Marathon with news of a battle between the Greeks and invading Persians. Upon arrival in Athens, he gasped the words "Rejoice, we conquer!" and then dropped dead.

Historians have traditionally placed the battle in the comparative cool of mid-September.

Now, Texas State University astronomers have re-examined the texts of Herodotus, who relied on contemporary descriptions of moon cycles. They believe a misreading of the Athenian and Spartan calendars led him to fix the first marathon a month later than the actual date - probably August 12. As they point out in next month's issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, the August average maximum of 32 degrees is four or five degrees higher than the September average.

Not the best news for runners like McCann, 37, whose race is fixed for August 22. Her week's training began on Sunday morning with a 2-hour slog around the streets near her home in Coledale, near Wollongong, in single-figure temperatures.

Complete article at The SMH
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 Wednesday, July 21, 2004 

Coast runs away with cross-country gala

by PETER McCABE

CENTRAL Coast cross-country athletes ran away with five titles at the NSW Short Course Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

And the organisation was so successful, the event will be held at Mt Penang Gardens again next year.

Cameron Page (under-14s) and Paul Arthurs (35yr-plus) successfully defended their titles won in Nowra last year. Other winners were Matt Robbie in the under-20s, Barry Willis in the 45yr-plus as well as the Central Coast 35yr-plus women's team.

More than 500 running enthusiasts from around the state converged on the site.

Federal MP Ken Ticehurst opened the largest cross-country event ever held locally, and once again the Central Coast proved its capacity to successfully host major sporting events.

An enormous effort by local cross-country clubs, Mt Penang Gardens, the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre and local business kept visitors impressed.

Spokeswoman for Central Coast Athletics Marissa Rando was thrilled by the positive feedback. ``Everyone I've spoken to has found the event to be really well organised and they've had a great day,'' she said.

Cross country co-ordinator Evan Parsons was pleased to see local rivalries between clubs put aside to ensure the event's smooth running.

``It's great to see the Central Coast as one running community. Everybody has chipped in and done their bit,'' he said.

The action was intense as competitors from Port Macquarie to the South Coast attempted to conquer the specially designed Mt Penang Gardens course, and qualify for the Australian championships next month.

Central Coast was represented by runners from the Gosford, Tuggerah and Wyong clubs. Mrs Rando was not surprised by the success of local competitors in such a tough event.

``We've got so many good runners on the Central Coast with a history of strong performances at state and national level,'' she said.

``Some of the younger guys are basically the best runners in Australia for their age groups.''

Teenage running sensation Ben Guest finished third in the under-18s. With most competitors in his event 12 months older, Guest was delighted by the result after battling a virus all week.

Article from the Daily Telegraph
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APS United second at Albert Park

APS United has competed in two Victorian Championships in the past couple of weeks.

At the 15 km Road Running Championship at Albert Park, the team was second behind the invincible Glenhuntly.

Julian Marsh was the star for APS finishing fifth overall with a time of 47:11.

Other team members were D. Angus 49:19, R. Schwerkolt 50:23, A. Rickards 50:55, J. Cox 52:09 and S. Olsen 53:04.

The second team was third in Division 3 behind Waverley and Richmond. Team: A. Leach 53:43, A. Edwards 55:11, N. Bowden 56:11, C. Worsnop 63:51 and J. Holmes 64:11 while S. Facey 66:42 and G. Gray 66:59 were also in the 50+ team which was seventh.

At the Road Relay Championships at Sandown Racecourse, APS was sixth in Division 1. The team consisted of Julian Marsh 19:11, Paul Wilson 19:19, Andrew Edwards 21:23, Peter Simm 21:22, Sean Olsen 21:49 and Nick Bowden 21:39.

The second team was made up of Ross Beecroft 24:23, Christopher Worsnop 26:57, Andrew Simm 25:20 and Andrew Pirrie 24:07.

Article from the Progress Press.
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Dessaix- Chin out of place in titles

By MIKE GANDON

WOLLONGONG runner Russell Dessaix-Chin finished eighth in the NSW short course (7.5km) cross country championships held at Mt Penang near Gosford last Saturday.
Dessaix-Chin was hoping for a top-three finish but the race did not go to plan.

He was unable to make up ground on the leaders David Byrne, Jeremy Roff and Blair Martin who had raced away from the pack in the first 100m.

Martin went on to win with Byrne in second place and Roff third.

Dessaix-Chin's coach Ken Green had athletes from his squad filling out the top eight places in the men's open race.

Kembla Joggers star junior Steve Brown finished second in the under 20s men's race, backing up his win in the long course cross country in Nowra a few weeks ago.

Article from the Illawarra Mercury.
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Diamond Valley field big team at Bundoora cross country

RACING to the top of metropolitan Melbourne's highest point, Mount Cooper, on the coldest of winter days, may seem like an acquired taste.

But, there were big fields lining up for the challenge of competing in Athletics Victoria's blue riband cross-country event on Saturday.

The Diamond Valley Athletic Club was well-represented on the day, especially in the open men's 12km race where the club fielded 19 runners, enough to have complete teams entered in Divisions 1, 3, 5 and 7.

Clint Farley, Philip Wakeley and Antony Milovac led the men's Division 1 team home with strong performances.

In the open women's 8km event Maryann Murray led the DVAC women home in a time of 30:45.

Murray has just been included in the Australian women's team to compete in the World Mountain Running Championships to be held in Italy in August.

Murray earned her selection after winning the Victorian Mountain Running Championships earlier in the season.

The next event on the AV Cross Country calendar is the Long Road Relay from Harcourt to Bendigo to be held on Saturday, July 31.

Bundoora Park Cross Country (Saturday, July 17)

DVAC Results Women

Women U14 4km: Meg Russell 15:45; Women U16 4km: Jessica Campbell 17:09; Women U18 4km: Sarah Fisher 18:07; Women U20 6km: Gemma Cosgriff 28:24; Women Open 4km (inv): Fran Clancy 17:59; Women Open 8km:Maryann Murray 30:45; Laura Campbell 31:32; Peta Alexander 33:38; Ruth Reidy 34:52; Lucy Richterjork 36:48

Men Men U14 4km: Iain Douglas 17:32; Mens Open 12km: Clint Farley 42:19; Phil Wakeley 42:43; Antony Milovac 43:32; Chris Lynch 45:11; Mark Monahan 45:11; Phil Champion 45:32; Adam Bell 45:52; Gary Hammett 46:29; Trevor Carter 46:48; John Leung 47:32; Bruce Collins 48:19; Rob Wendel 48:51; Peter Ramsay 48:57; Rod Mothersole 50:42; Brad Robinson 50:59; David Armstrong 54:11; Lyal Douglas 58:11; Ian Upton 60:47; Mick Cusack 61:00

Article from the Diamond Valley News.
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Malvern gals

CONSOLIDATING its position at the top of the Athletics Victoria ladder, the Malvern Harriers Women's Division 1 team claimed back-to-back titles at the prestigious Victorian Road Relay Championships at Sandown Racecourse.

Malvern recorded a convincing win over the Geelong regional team and arch rival Glenhuntly.

Led out over the windy, two-lap, 6.2km course by up-and-coming distance runner Claire Fritze, Malvern was off to a good start and in touch with the leaders.

Australian representative Kate Seibold-Crosbie strengthened the Harriers' position on the next leg by recording 21:26, the fastest time of any female athlete.

Setting off in pursuit of Geelong and Glenhuntly, Tracey Austin made her move on the second lap to give Malvern the lead for the first time.

It was then up to club president Michelle Jelleff to hold the lead and she did.

The Malvern women were presented with their second Les Perry Trophy by Perry himself, the trophy having been donated by Ron Clarke in recognition of the dual Olympian and former Australian record holder.

Although Perry was a member of the Williamstown club, his association with the Harriers goes back to the 1950s, when he set Australian records for five miles, six miles and 10,000m at meetings on the grass track at Malvern cricket ground.

In the women's Division 2 event, Malvern finished mid-field, with Geraldine Gamble the stand-out. Gamble was supported by Jill Jackson and Kerri Bailey.

The women's Division 3 team also finished mid-field, with strong performances by the improving Clare Pearce, junior Julia Gaudin and evergreen Angie Kent.

Article from the Malvern Prahran Leader.
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An interest in Athens

WANTIRNA'S Richard Huggins said he had no plans to go to the Olympic Games that was until one of his ``own'' athletes was selected for the team.

The 58-year-old athletics coach said he would travel to Athens to support 10,000m runner Haley McGregor, whom he coached until about four years ago.

Mr Huggins said he had maintained a good relationship with the 25-year-old athlete and many of the young athletes he had coached since joining Knox Little Athletics Club in 1982.

``I took my kids down to join and when we turned up there were about 300 kids and no coach,'' Mr Huggins said.

``So someone pushed me forward and said I could run so why couldn't I teach these kids to do the same? So I did.

``Between two or three of us we got organised.''

Mr Huggins said he no longer ran competitively, but over the years he had run 33 marathons and had competed with Knox Veterans Athletics Club.

He trained as a coach at the Australian Institute of Sport and in 1989 he began coaching senior middle to long-distance runners at Knox Athletics Club.

Described as ``too soft'' by some of his fellow coaches, Mr Huggins acknowledged he sometimes ``goes easy'' on his younger charges.

``I feel that with the younger kids you can't be too tough,'' he said.

``If you are too hard on them you might scare them out of the sport.

``On the older ones you need to be a bit harder to get the best out of them.

``I get really disappointed when young athletes don't reach their potential.''

Mr Huggins said many stars of the future were training at Knox Athletics Club.

He is this week's nominee for the Knox Leader services to sport category of the Sports Star award. To nominate a Sports Star in the junior, senior or services to sport category, phone 9762 2511.

Article from the Knox News.
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Back off on the hard grind as big day draws near

by Pat Clohessy

THE last 10 days is a training phase that many marathon runners and other competing runners should look forward to.

If you have had a good preparation -- and the indications are that many of you have -- then this is the time to back off.

Reduce both the distance and more importantly the intensity of your training runs. Enjoy the change of routine.

The long run should be reduced from two hours plus to 60 or 70 minutes with further reduced runs in the days preceding the race.

Running for 30 to 40 minutes with about six stride-outs over 100m leaves you fresh for the challenge ahead. This same approach could be followed for those of you running the half-marathon and 10km events.

I believe it is preferable to run easy for 25 to 30 minutes rather than rest completely although an extra day's rest from normal running routine is a definite option.

I have been asked about nutrition especially leading up to this Townsville Running Festival series.

I am no expert on nutrition but I advocate a safe method.

While consistent training is the vital ingredient on the road to improvement, sensible nutrition should be included.

Most runners advocate cereals with tea and toast at breakfast, salad/meat sandwiches at lunch and a moderate meal including proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates in the evening.

Many distance runners also enjoy a healthy dessert.

Much has been written and advocated about depletion phase for two or three days and then carbo loading for a similar period before marathons.

However I believe this is going out of fashion and is quite risky. I do not advocate this and follow a more normal diet with the exception of moderate carbo loading on the evening before the marathon. This is often provided at pre-race functions.

With the early start to many long runs such as half-marathons and marathons, the safe pre-race snack is merely a couple of slices of toast and a cup or cups of tea.

This can be had two hours before the early marathons.

Then of course it is advisable to take advantage of the drink stations provided on the course especially in the warmer conditions so often encountered in Townsville.

While professional marathoners may include special drinks with 2 per cent glucose concentration I believe the normal drinks provided are a safer option.

This removes the problem of hunting for your drink among a group, especially at the early stations when a pack may be jostling for the special drink.

Remember to have a good, planned preparation in the days before the race.

Have your gear ready, wear comfortable shoes and running attire and have your number well before race time (late queues can be a distractor). The secret to enjoyment and improvement -- two important goals for many of you -- is to run with a group of colleagues.

This helps you to relax during the run and you become confident that you will conquer the distance.

If there is a surge of ambition in you hold the strong effort until late in the run.

Many who run too aggressively mid-race have trouble finishing and this is vital.

Enjoy your run, relax and run smart with a group.

This helps you recover much better and encourages you to look forward to another successful challenge.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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Crisis plan to get athletes home

The costs of any emergency evacuation from the Athens Olympic Games of any of its 481 athletes or 288 officials will be borne by the Australian Olympic Committee and supported by the Australian Government.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said the AOC's reserves of more than $100 million - built up from Sydney Olympics reserves - meant there was no need for special insurance to cover a security nightmare, but noted that Qantas had pledged to have planes at the ready to evacuate any team members if required.

"We have a contingency in the team expenses," said Coates, who added the Athens campaign would cost $34 million. "We are prepared to spend it. Qantas said they would bring the team home, but if there was a problem which involved extra expenses, then we would handle that. We have $103 million in the Australian Olympic Foundation so we don't need to insure ourselves."

Four security officials, one Greek liaison officer, and four Australian Federal Police and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials will be part of the official Australian team - which is the third largest at the Games behind that of the United States and hosts Greece. The Australian team is expected to win about 45-50 medals and finish fifth in the medal tally. In 2000, with a much larger team of 631 athletes, Australian won 58 medals.

Complete article at the SMH
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Olympic Games Team Announced

The Australina Athletics team is listed here:

Men

-Luke Adams (NSW) 20km Walk
- Justin Anlezark (Qld) Shot Put
- Adam Basil (Vic) 4x100m relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions)
- Sisay Bezabeh (ACT) Marathon
- Paul Burgess (WA) Pole Vault
- Nathan Deakes (Vic) 50km Walk
- Paul Di Bella (Qld) 4x100m Relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions)
- Patrick Dwyer (NSW) 4x400m Relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions)
- Oliver Dziubak (WA) Javelin
- Kurt Fearnley (NSW) 1500m Wheelchair (exhibition event)
- David Geddes (NSW) 4x400m Relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions and outcome of reported likely appeal to CAS by Paul Pearce
- William Hamlyn-Harris (NSW) Javelin
- Nicholas Harrison (Vic) Marathon
- Clinton Hill (NSW) 400m
- Steven Hooker (Vic) Pole Vault
- Patrick Johnson (ACT) 4x100m Relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions)
- Dmitri Markov (WA) Pole Vault
- Kristopher McCarthy (Vic) 800m
- Andrew McManus (WA) 4x100m Relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions)
- Adam Miller (NSW) 200m
- Craig Mottram (Vic) 5000m
- Andrew Murphy (NSW) Triple Jump
- Peter Nowill (Qld) 3000m Steeplechase
- Mark Ormrod (SA) 4x400m Relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions)
- Stuart Rendell (ACT) Hammer Throw
- Renee Robson (Vic) 4x400m Relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions)
- Joshua Ross (NSW) 100m, 4x100m relay (subject to outcome of appeal by Patrick Johnson in CAS (100m), for relay position subject to IAAF confirmation)
- John Steffensen (WA) 4x400m Relay (subject to IAAF confirmation of relay positions)
- Lee Troop (Vic) Marathon
- Casey Vincent (Vic) 400m

Women
- Christie Dawes (NSW) 800m Wheelchair (exhibition event)
- Bronwyn Eagles (NSW) Hammer Throw
- Lauren Hewitt (Vic) 200m
- Kym Howe (WA) Pole Vault
- Sarah Jamieson (Vic) 1500m
- Benita Johnson (ACT) 10,000m
- Brooke Krueger (SA) Hammer Throw
- Tamsyn Lewis (Vic) 800m
- Kerryn McCann (NSW) Marathon
- Haley McGregor (Vic) 10,000m
- Jana Pittman (Vic) 400m Hurdles
- Petrina Price (NSW) High Jump
- Jane Saville (NSW) 20km Walk
- Natalie Saville (ACT) 20km Walk
- Louise Sauvage (NSW) 800m Wheelchair (exhibition event)
- Deborah Sosimenko (NSW) Hammer Throw
- Eliza Stankovic (NSW) 800m Wheelchair (exhibition event)
- Bronwyn Thompson (Qld) Long Jump
- Cheryl Webb (ACT) 20km Walk
- Kylie Wheeler (WA) Heptathlon

Complete article at the SMH
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 Monday, July 19, 2004 

Athletics Australia dismisses Olympic appeals

Australia's fastest man, Patrick Johnson, will take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after having his appeal against non-selection in the 100m and 200m at the Athens Olympics turned down.

An Athletics Australia selection tribunal dismissed Johnson's appeal, along with those by Annabelle Smith (women's 400m), Tim Williams (4x100m relay) and Paul Pearce (4x400m relay).

"We will be appealing and we'll be meeting with solicitors today to begin the preparation," Johnson's manager Clive Stephens said today.

Complete article at Fox Sports
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Johnson makes low key return

By Len Johnson

...Clinton Hill ran a personal-best in the men's 400 metres, and world cross-country champion Benita Johnson returned to racing after a lay-off in other significant Olympic news for Australia on the night.

...Johnson, who had not raced on the track in Europe this season due to a shin injury, made a low-key return, finishing 11th over 3000 metres in nine minutes 3.26 seconds.

Her coach, Nic Bideau, said that Johnson needed the race and had plenty of time to get back into top shape before the Olympic women's 10,000.

Bideau pointed out that she had run 8:55 in a domestic meeting in Canberra at a similar stage before winning the world cross-country long race in Brussels in March.

Complete article at The Age website
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Sports heroes demand drug tests

Australia's Olympic legends are calling for compulsory blood tests of all endurance athletes to crack down on drug cheats and reassure the public that the Games are clean.

The sporting stars believe up to 10 per cent of athletes at next month's Olympics in Athens will use illegal performance enhancing drugs.
Nine national champions, including Ron Clarke, Raelene Boyle and Shane Gould, spoke out for tough penalties.

Shane Gould called for life bans from sport for all drug cheats, no matter the offence.

Robert de Castella demanded heavier sanctions against coaches and sporting federations who turned a blind eye to doping.

Most said the Olympics would never be free of drugs, while gold medal winners earned millions in endorsements.

A Sunday Herald Sun survey of Olympic heroes has found they are unanimous in calling for mandatory blood testing of endurance athletes.

Complete article at The Herald Sun
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Another athlete faces drugs ban

by Roy Masters

A search of Australian customs records has revealed the name of a track and field athlete who may have committed a doping offence, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates confirmed last night.

Mr Coates said the retiring chief executive of Athletics Australia, Simon Allatson, had informed the AOC's director of sport and operations, Craig Phillips, of the name of the athlete.

The name turned up in the investigation following the revelation that customs had intercepted a parcel of performance-enhancing drugs sent to cyclist Sean Eadie in 1999.

Complete article at The Age website

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 Saturday, July 17, 2004 

$400,000 paid to athletes who fail Games test

Athletics Australia has forked out nearly $400,000 to support a small group of high-profile athletes who have not made the grade for the Athens Olympics.

Pole vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva, who failed to clear the qualifying height for Athens, has received $122,125 in the past four years, while her husband Viktor Chistiakov, who was left out of the team by selectors after below-par form, has been given $62,163.

Sprinter Matt Shirvington, who withdrew from Olympic contention last week due to illness, received support to the value of $92,017, while young distance runner Georgie Clarke, who ran in Sydney when only 16 but has not qualified this time, has been helped with $60,678.

Complete article at The Australian
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Australia still advancing fairly to Athens: doping experts

The crackdown on alleged drug cheats has sparked talk of a crisis in Australian sport.

Raelene Boyle, Olympic silver medallist, says "My sport (athletics), in particular, suffered enormously... and the suffering will go on for a long time because if they ever do stop drugs, we're going to see lesser performances. Is that going to satisfy anyone? Probably not."

Brian Roe is former competitions manager and anti-doping officer for Athletics Australia. If anything, he says, recent events show how well the Australian system is working.

"We shouldn't get too excited when this happens," he says. "In fact, my view is that every time we catch a doper, it's a success for the system. Other people, particularly the media and politicians, see it as a slur; I see it as a success.

"It's like sexual impropriety among footballers being made out to be a much more endemic issue than it is. It should be lauded as another cheat weeded out and making it fairer for the vast majority of athletes who are doing the right thing."

Australian Sports Commission executive director Mark Peters also wants to assure the public that Australian sport is clean, noting that of the four athletes who have been charged or suspended, not one had tested positive at any stage for a performance-enhancing drug: "Any suggestion that there is a drugs crisis in Australian sport or that there has been an attempt to cover up is just plain wrong."

Complete article at The Age

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 Friday, July 16, 2004 

Every man for himself - Team members go it alone

by TIM ELBRA
 
THIS outstanding team of runners will go it alone in the search for victory when the NSW shortcourse cross-country championships hit Mt Penang on Saturday.
 
Gosford's Matt Rando, Ben Guest, Kevin Batt and David Mainwaring won the under-18s 4x4km relays held in Wollongong earlier this month.
 
Incidentally, two of them are just 13, while the other two are 16 -- and they also beat home all the under-20s teams.
 
But it is every man for himself on the home track this weekend.
 
The outstanding pair of Rando and Guest will renew their friendly rivalry in the under-18s (5km), Mainwaring will have a dig in the 16s (3.5km) and Batt will set a fast pace for the 14s (2.5km).
 
``I was stoked totally,'' Guest said of the team win, adding he was keen for the return to individual competition.
 
``I've been doing some good training, doing some personal bests.
 
``I have no idea [how I'll go]. It just depends on who turns up.''
 
He shouldn't have to look much further than Rando for his main competition. Guest beat Rando for the individual state road title earlier this year, but Rando set the quickest time in the teams event win.
 
The duel is sure to be a highlight of the meet, which will feature hundreds of runners from all over NSW.
 
However, Rando is suffering from an ear infection he picked up surfing.
 
``It's really painful,'' he said. ``It [the weekend] depends how I feel -- I should go all right.''
 
Batt said he was keen to place in the ``top few'' and that he liked the Mt Penang course.
 
Mainwaring said the cowpats on the course, which weaves through a number of paddocks, would be the main obstacles to glory. ``There's lots of stuff to dodge,'' he said.
 
The first race, the under-12 boys starts at 12.10pm. The carnival is the biggest cross-country event ever held on the Central Coast.
 
elbrat@dailytelegraph.com.au
 
Article from The Daily Telegraph.

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Dessaix-Chin confident after strong preparation

By MIKE GANDON

WOLLONGONG runner Russell Dessaix-Chin is looking to a top-three finish in the NSW short course (7.5km) cross country championships at Mt Penang near Gosford on the Central Coast tomorrow.

Dessaix-Chin spent 10 days at a Noosa training camp preparing for the event.
A win tomorrow would give him three state titles in a season.

"At the Noosa camp I ran the most amount of kilometres in a week that I have ever done - 171km," Dessaix-Chin said yesterday.

He had a few days rest this week and a massage to prepare him for tomorrow's race.

"But things are looking very good for the race," a quietly confident Dessaix-Chin said.

"I am very, very psyched for it, I haven't been sick and I am not injured so I have no excuses not to perform well and have a real dig at winning it.

"All my main rivals were at the training camp and I was training as hard as them and we were all keeping together, and I even was ahead of them all at times.

"So I am definitely confident that I can score another win if I run strong and well.

"But having said all that, you never know who else is going to turn up and how the race is going to pan out on the day."

Article from the Illawarra Mercury.




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King Arthur to star at Kariong

SEVERAL of the district's best runners will be out to defend titles when the Central Coast Region of Athletics NSW hosts the State Short Course Cross-Country Championships at Mount Penang, Kariong, on Saturday.The annual event attracts some of the best distance runners in NSW and several coast competitors are expected to feature.Australian representative Paul Arthur, of Chittaway Bay, is expected to defend the 35-39 years division, while veteran Glenn Ritchie is one of the favourites in the 40-44 years race.Action starts at 12.10pm with the under-12 boys event.
 
Article from the Central Coast Express.

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 Wednesday, July 14, 2004 

Uni runners on a winning streak

Melbourne University Athletics Club continued its unbroken 2004 winning streak by winning the Division 7 team title at the recent Victorian 15km Road Race Championships at Albert Park.

Twenty-one MUAC athletes competed over the fast, flat course in cold, sunny and somewhat blustery conditions.

The standout performance of the day went to Grant Morgan, who finished in a time of 49:07 minutes.

After four events the Division 7 men remain undefeated and look well placed to retain the Division 7 season title that they took out last year.

The number two men’s team recorded its first defeat for the season, finishing second in Division 5. However the team retains its position at the top of the Division 5 ladder.

Nelly Marmy-Conus was the standout performer for the MUAC women, finishing fifth in 56:37 minutes.

Melbourne University Athletics Club, one of the most active and successful of its kind in the State, has a strong distance running group. New members of all abilities and ages are welcome. It is not necessary to be a student to join.

More information is available on the club website at www.athletics.musa.net.au or the media release .

Article from Uni News
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Tancred wins King of the Mountain (NSW)

A record number of runners took part in yesterday's 30th running of the Nowra Toyota King of the Mountain and it proved a successful time for local runners.

The wet weather of the previous day didn't deter runners as 157 lined up for the arduous 32 kilometre King of the Mountain from Cambewarra to Kangaroo Valley.

The field started at Cambewarra at 9am and competitors ran through the Cambewarra foothills up through Budgong over Mount Scanzi and then down into Kangaroo Valley, before finishing at the Kangaroo Valley Showground.

And the field could have been even bigger considering 10 runners who had pre-entered the event didn't turn up.

And disappointment for organisers with one of the non-starters being star attraction in Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kerryn McCann.

Race director Andrew Johnstone said McCann contacted him early Sunday morning and said the weather was lousy in Wollongong and she was worried about bringing her young daughter out in it and that she had also picked up a slight sniffle after her win in the Gold Coast Marathon.

Complete article at the South West Register
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 Tuesday, July 13, 2004 

Geelong Cross Country

by Tom Blood

Ian Holliday, veteran of over 20 years with Geelong Cross Country Club, had a runaway win in the Geoff Evans 10,000 metre handicap at Queenscliff. Holliday had shown much promise all year, regularly finishing in the placings.

At Queenscliff, he was determined to leave little to chance, setting off at a brisk pace and maintaining speed throughout, he seized the lead at the 7000 metre mark.

Holliday crossed the line with a massive five minute margin to veteran triathlete Greg Stewart.

Stewart, once one of Australia's finest athletes, still has the speed to shine amongst the latest crop of world class aspirants.

Tony Bradford and Jo Foran with Cheryl Reynolds knew they were running for the minor placings, with Holliday having such a commanding lead.

As the lead runners commenced the climb up over the closing stages of the race, Greg Stewart came into contention. Ignoring the rises which most runners were labouring over, Stewart took them effortlessly into his stride closing off Bradford's hope of being runner-up.

Elad Haas, another of the club's better-credentialled athletes slipped in ahead of the game young Jo Foran, who had put in a fine run on the day.

A strong field of over 90 competitors faced the starter, the largest field at this venue in quite some time.

Cross Country running in Geelong is the strongest it has been in years, no doubt due to the club's promotion of the HBA-Athlete's Foot Geelong Half Marathon which traditionally starts the club's season each year.

Next Sunday, the club will hold its premier event, the annual KING OF THE MOUNTAINS 10.5 kilometre handicap which starts at the earlier than usual time of 8.30am. The venue is the Brownhill Lookout, Drewan Park, Wandana Heights. This race is sponsored by the former world stairclimb champion Geoff Case. There is a bonus paid to runners able to break Tony McCartney's and Sue Case's records of 33.13 and 39.08 respectively.

Results

Handicap: I. Holliday 47.11, G. Stewart 33.52, T. Bradford 47.55, E. Haas 33.09, J. Foran 48.06, C. Reynolds 47.12, V. Gasper 36.27, D. Elward 35.48, M. Ricchini 46.56, K. Robertson 40.17.

Fastest times

Open: Male -- M. Boxer 33.03, E. Haas 33.09, A. Goodwin 34.22. Female -- G. Pape 39.34, M. Ricchini 36.56, J. Foran 48.06.

Veterans: Male -- G. Stewart 33.52, G. Watkins 35.46, C. El Hage 35.55. Female -- C. Reynolds 47.12, C. Crawford 47.31, G. McVicar 48.58.

Masters: Male -- D. Elward 35.48, K. Walker 35.51, V. Gaspar 36.27. Female -- C. Stephens 42.54, B. Riley 33.00, J. Austin 39.03.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser.
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Athletics Victoria Sandown Road Relays

Thirteen Geelong teams travelled to Sandown race course on Saturday to contest the prestigious Athletics Victoria Road relays against the best middle and long distance athletes in the state. The annual road relays are the most keenly contested event of the Athletics Victoria winter season, with each club's depth of talent put to the ultimate examination. And with a stiff northerly wind howling up the back straight hill, each athlete's grit and determination was to be tested as much as their running ability.

Leading the way for the Geelong team were our junior athletes who ran brilliantly in the trying conditions. Special mention to the Under 14 men's team of Tyron Cover, Sam Withington and Ryan Saunders who easily won their age group. Well done also to the following teams who finished in the placings: Division one women (second), division three women (second), under 14 women (second), division four men (third), veteran men (third) and division seven men (second).

In the division one men's relay, the amazing Steve Moneghetti led his Ballarat YCW team to victory with the fastest split of the day 18.12.

Next Saturday, July 17, Geelong athletes will contest the Bundoora Cross Country race which will serve as a Selection Trial for under 18, under 20 and senior athletes wishing to represent Victoria at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Canberra on August 29.

Results

Men

Div 1 (6x6.2 km): L. Rowan 19.06, R. Perrott 19.22, M. McDonough 19.09, R. Young 19.48, N. Wightman 21.37, R. Walker 20.10. Fourth place.

Div 4 (5x6.2 km): J. Godwin 22.32, S. Taylor 21.19, P. Wilson 23.01, H. Thyer 23.04, B. Saunders 23.24. Fourth place.

Div 7 (4x6.2 km): N. MacDonald 24.32, C. Colley 25.38, D. Byrt 27.24, A. Chalmers 25.04. Second place.

Veteran (3x6.2 km): G. Purnell 22.26, G. Clark 22.30, J. Stekelenburg 24.04. Third place.

Under 18 (3x3.1 km): M. Kenny 10.39, P. Doolan 10.26, T. Burns-Wallace 11.15. Sixth place.

Under 16 (3x3.1 km): D. Payne 11.28, H. Wishart 11.53, R. Smith 12.12. Seventh place.

Under 14 (3x3.1 km): T. Cover 11.25, S. Withington 11.47, R. Saunders 12.38.

Women

First place

Div 1 (4x6.2 km): R. Tweed 22.24, L. McGrath 23.05, R. Forlong 23.43, K. McDonough 25.20. Second place.

Div 3 (3x6.2 km): C. Hoare 27.06, M. Coghlan 28.10, C. Cosgriff 26.05. Second place.

Under 18 (3x3.1 km): C. Curnow 14.02, T. Rau 11.48, DNF (no third runner).

Under 16 -- Team 1 (3x3.1 km): K. Rau 11.40, B. Ryan 12.53, H. Lipson 13.13. Sixth place.

Under 16 -- Team 2 (3x3.1 km): J. Couch 13.11, E. Curnow 12.45, A. Stekelenburg 12.36. Seventh place.

Under 14 (3x3.1 km): K. Sly 11.43, G. Buckley 11.51, L. Stekelenburg 12.00. Second place.

Article from the Geelong Advertiser.
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 Sunday, July 11, 2004 

No guarantee of drug-free OZ team at Athens

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates admitted yesterday he could not guarantee his 470-strong team would be drugs free when it competed in Athens.

Mr Coates was speaking after a series of allegations rocked the sporting world just 33 days before the start of the Games in Greece. He maintained more than 90 per cent of the Athens team had already been tested, and the rest would by tested by the Games.

But he admitted: "Even testing them all before the Games does not prevent them taking a drug between testing and their event.

"There is no guarantee there is a test for every drug."

His comments came as Australian weightlifter Caroline Pileggi was banned from competing after she refused a drugs test, and as Australian cyclists continued to battle drugs accusations.

Australia's greatest Olympian, Dawn Fraser, said the incidents had placed a dark cloud over the athletes who were now being picked for the Australian Olympic team. Clearly angry and upset, she made the stunning claim that the drug drama that had gripped cycling over the past month was just the "tip of the iceberg" for Australian sport.

Complete article at The SMH
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You're never too old for the City to Surf

Friends John Gardiner and John Richards are proof it is never too late to be a Sun-Herald City to Surf debutant.

Mr Gardiner, 75, and Mr Richards, 74, are taking part in their first Sun-Herald City to Surf on Sunday, August 8.

Both men have thought often about doing the race - Mr Richards originally planned to participate nearly 30 years ago - but just hadn't got around to it before.

"A couple of months ago, John and I were talking and the [Sun-Herald City to Surf] came up in conversation," Mr Gardiner said. We both said we'd like to do it and I asked 'What's holding us up?' The answer, of course, was nothing, so we entered straight away."

Both Mr Gardiner, from Asquith, and Mr Richards, of Yagoona, are fit men and are looking forward to the challenge of the notorious "heartbreak hill" stretch of New South Head Road.

The two men met eight years ago at the Woodstock walking club, run by the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, and together have tramped many kilometres around Sydney in the name of enjoyment and fitness.

Complete article at The SMH
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Change of Start for Junee-Wagga Marathon

Please note there has been a change to the start location of the Junee to Wagga Marathon on 15th August.

It will now start at Wallace Town on the olympic way. Approx 20km north of Wagga Wagga.
Registration will take place between 7am to 7.45am at the Wallace Town reserve (opposite the Wallace Town service station) NOT JUNEE.

From the start at Wallace Town runners will proceed east and link up with the original course on Pattersons Road.

More details on the NSW calendar
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 Friday, July 09, 2004 

Allatson to quit Athletics Australia

The head of Athletics Australia has announced his departure from the post ahead of the completion of a report into the organisation's future. Simon Allatson has told staff that he will not renew his contract when it expires in September.

Athletics Australia has been criticised after recording a loss of over $1 million earlier this year. The organisation is currently the subject of a review, helmed by retired athlete Herb Elliot, which is due to be completed at the end of this month.

A number of athletes had called on Mr Allatson to resign for his handling of the lead-up to next month's Athens Olympics.

Mr Allatson was unavailable for comment on Friday evening.

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 Thursday, July 08, 2004 

Athletics squad missing stars

A number of established names are missing from the list of athletes put forward by Athletics Australia for the Athens Olympics.

Household names such as Olympic silver medallist Tatiana Grigorieva and Matt Shirvington failed to achieve the results required to be considered for the team, while Patrick Johnson has been named as part of the men's relay team only.

Complete article at Sportal.com.au
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 Wednesday, July 07, 2004 

Greenpeace gets in quick for City2Surf

Greenpeace Australia has secured for itself the rights to use the city2surf.com.au internet domain name, despite the Fairfax Corporation's ownership of the City To Surf running event.

Fairfax Corporation were very slow to provide a website for the race, even up until about 2000. Since then the domain name was never registered, and each year the web site for the event changed location each year, until resting at the current place at http://city2surf.sunherald.com.au since 2002.

Greenpeace, a worldwide environmental lobby organisation, is urging runners and walkers to gain sponsorship from family, friends and work coleagues to benefit their organisation and help them reach their goal to have the largest number of charity participants.

They are using the catchy phrase "Running on renewable energy" to help promote the event and their cause.

Refer to www.city2surf.com.au for more details
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Aim to negative split in training and racing

by Pat Clohessy

DAVID Martin is an eminent physiologist, US marathon coach and co-author (with Peter Coe) of a best-selling book on distance running.

``Heat is a stressor just as is altitude and intense training,'' Dr Martin has said.

Townsville residents have significant climatic advantages, especially during the winter months.

While runners in Melbourne and Canberra face cold, inclement weather from April to September Queensland residents have a ``user friendly'' climate for outdoor activities. Nevertheless, heat is a stressor and therefore I advise reduced intensity in both training and racing during warm weather.

Keep up the cruising running and the long runs but reduce the intensity.

In regard to running events such at the Townsville Running Festival, a careful preparation and conservative approach is advisable.

Concentrate on moderation in training sessions and aim to negative split in training and racing.

By negative split I refer to the strategy of settling in your race with a view to running the latter stages of your race (and training runs) faster than the early section.

One very successful example is Steve Moneghetti's Commonwealth Games marathon victory in Victoria, Canada in 1994.

After moving from cold Ballarat to warm Noosa for a month of warm weather training, Steve ran a brilliant warm weather marathon by conserving energy early and delaying his aggressive move until later in the race. Steve negative split the race, winning going away -- a well deserved

victory.

He also recovered well from this race. Hydration is another important factor in all types of weather and even more so in warm racing/training conditions.

Rob DeCastella used a low glucose solution in water during his marathons.

Regular fluid intake is advised for participants in all distance races and faster runners need to practice drinking on the run.

In warm conditions and towards the end of the marathon it is often very refreshing to tip some water over your head.

Runners should be drinking increased levels of water during the day to cope with increased training loads.

Sip water on a regular basis rather than load up before training and racing. I advise novice runners to drink water in long races.

Electrolyte drinks can cause discomfort if you are not used to training with them, and you can also lose time at a drink station looking for your personal drink.

Marathon runners should be doing their longest training runs in the next seven to 10 days, then plan to reduce the training load in the final two to three weeks.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
Posted at 17:25     [Perma-Link]

Aim to negative split in training and racing

by Pat Clohessy

DAVID Martin is an eminent physiologist, US marathon coach and co-author (with Peter Coe) of a best-selling book on distance running.

``Heat is a stressor just as is altitude and intense training,'' Dr Martin has said.

Townsville residents have significant climatic advantages, especially during the winter months.

While runners in Melbourne and Canberra face cold, inclement weather from April to September Queensland residents have a ``user friendly'' climate for outdoor activities. Nevertheless, heat is a stressor and therefore I advise reduced intensity in both training and racing during warm weather.

Keep up the cruising running and the long runs but reduce the intensity.

In regard to running events such at the Townsville Running Festival, a careful preparation and conservative approach is advisable.

Concentrate on moderation in training sessions and aim to negative split in training and racing.

By negative split I refer to the strategy of settling in your race with a view to running the latter stages of your race (and training runs) faster than the early section.

One very successful example is Steve Moneghetti's Commonwealth Games marathon victory in Victoria, Canada in 1994.

After moving from cold Ballarat to warm Noosa for a month of warm weather training, Steve ran a brilliant warm weather marathon by conserving energy early and delaying his aggressive move until later in the race. Steve negative split the race, winning going away -- a well deserved

victory.

He also recovered well from this race. Hydration is another important factor in all types of weather and even more so in warm racing/training conditions.

Rob DeCastella used a low glucose solution in water during his marathons.

Regular fluid intake is advised for participants in all distance races and faster runners need to practice drinking on the run.

In warm conditions and towards the end of the marathon it is often very refreshing to tip some water over your head.

Runners should be drinking increased levels of water during the day to cope with increased training loads.

Sip water on a regular basis rather than load up before training and racing. I advise novice runners to drink water in long races.

Electrolyte drinks can cause discomfort if you are not used to training with them, and you can also lose time at a drink station looking for your personal drink.

Marathon runners should be doing their longest training runs in the next seven to 10 days, then plan to reduce the training load in the final two to three weeks.

Article from the Townsville Bulletin.
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 Monday, July 05, 2004 

Shirvo out of Olympic contention

Australian sprinter Matt Shirvington's Athens Olympic hopes are over, after he announced he will be unavailable for selection in the 100 metres.

Shirvington says on-going health problems have forced him to advise Athletics Australia officials he should not be considered for selection in the Olympic team.

He was unable to record a 'B' qualifier of 10.28 seconds before the July 5 deadline, required for Olympic selection.

The sprinter says symptoms relating to glandular fever that he contracted last year have meant he has not been able to train or perform to the standard necessary to compete in Athens. Shirvington's doctor has advised him to take a break from training immediately.

National 100m record holder Patrick Johnson will not run in the individual events in Athens either, after failing to post a qualifying time.

Johnson ran 10.42 in a race on the Gold Coast yesterday, well outside the 'B' qualifying mark. He is still expected to compete in the 4x100m relay at the Olympics if Australia remains in the top 16 in the world rankings.

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