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 Wednesday, June 29, 2005 

Note to athletes & coaches seeking selection for Commonwealth Games

thletics Australia is keen for all athletes (and their coaches) who believe they are a chance to be selected for the 2006 Commonwealth Games to have a clear understanding of the Selection Criteria.

Max Binnington, AA National Performance Director, will be in Brisbane on Monday
evening 4th July to talk you through the selection process. You will have the
opportunity to gain a clear understanding of what you need to do to be selected. Max
will be pleased to answer your questions in relation to the criteria and selection
process.

Location: ANZ/QE II Stadium, Nathan (Brisbane)

Time: 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Preparation: Visit the AA website at www.athletics.org.au and follow the link to
Events, Results and Selection, click on selection criteria and Australian Teams,
specific selection criteria, click on 2006 and you are there. Print yourself a copy.

Please read ALL THE CRITERIA not just the qualifying standards and qualifying

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Letherby faces tough field in Peachtree 10km

Australian Commonwealth marathon bronze medallist Andrew Letherby will face one of the deepest fields of the year on the US road running circuit in the Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta on 4th July, with over a dozen top class Kenyan runners in the field.

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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Distance stars hit the track this weekend

Australia’s Craig Mottram and Benita Johnson will both line up in the 3000m at the BUPA Ireland Cork City Sports meet in Ireland this weekend (2nd July).

Mottram is undefeated in his only two starts on the track in Europe this season and is favoured to win again in Cork where he won the 1500m last year. The Olympic finalist will meet two time Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Bitok and Irish 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m record holder Mark Carroll. In reasonable conditions Mottram is confident he has the fitness to challenge his Australian 3000m record of 7.37.30. Mottram currently leads the world in the 5000m in 2004.

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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 Sunday, June 26, 2005 

Lauren Hewitt on her future, Tamsyn and Mottram

Australia''s fastest woman Lauren Hewitt has shelved thoughts of retirement and set her sights on competing in Beijing in 2008.

Regardless of her results at the world championships in Helsinki or at next year's Commonwealth Games, Hewitt said she would continue racing to a fourth Olympic Games.
Her future had been up in the air since being bundled out in the quarter-finals at the Athens Olympics last year.

"I was just so disappointed with how the whole lead-up went and how the whole Olympics went that I sat down for a bit and had to have a think about whether I was prepared to put in the hard work," Hewitt said.

"When you've been doing it for a number of years you continue to do it without really thinking about the time and effort you're putting in. It is a big sacrifice and a big commitment. I sat down and said, 'Do you think you can run any better than you already have?' Do you think you've still got potential left in the sport? And once I decided that yes, you're 26 years old, you definitely haven't reached your potential yet, then I realised I'm prepared to put in the hard work that it takes for definitely the next four years until the next Olympics to make sure I run a personal best."

First stop for Hewitt is London, then competition in Croatia before joining exciting sprinter Josh Ross and the team in Windsor.

Hewitt will also have the company of Tamsyn Lewis, who heads over next week, before the pair join Lewis's nemesis Jana Pittman and her fiance Chris Rawlinson at the team base.

"I'm really good friends with both of them and they're very different people," Hewitt said. "I think when Tamsyn is running in the same event as somebody she instinctively gets that competitive nature about her and that's what makes her a good athlete. And Jana is the same".

One of the team members Hewitt has not seen for four months is former boyfriend Craig Mottram. She revealed they had to go their separate ways at the end of last year because of their careers.

"When athletics takes you to different parts of the world and he's gone for eight months of the year, it's not really a relationship any more," Hewitt said.

Complete article at The Herald Sun

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 Friday, June 24, 2005 

McCann going for Commonwealth Gold

Coledale marathon mum Kerryn McCann believes the likely absence of world record holder Paula Radcliffe will open the door for a second Commonwealth Games gold medal next year in Melbourne.

McCann has just returned from a six-week stint in the US where she competed in three races.

The three-time Olympian ended the trip on a positive note, running strongly to finish fourth among a world class field in the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego.

While still undecided about aiming for a fourth Olympics in 2008, McCann is focused on winning a second Commonwealth Games gold medal, after capturing gold four years ago in Manchester.

That would be near-impossible if Radcliffe lines up in Melbourne. But McCann expects the Englishwoman, who ran a world-best 2:15.25 in the London Marathon two years ago, to forgo Commonwealth Games glory and focus on lucrative professional races.

"She probably won't run in the Commonwealth Games marathon," the former Bulli High student said.

"She'd probably do a five and a 10-k race or something like that in Melbourne and save herself for one of the big money races. That's what she's done in the past and I'd say that's what she'll do again.

"She's so much better than everybody else in the world at the moment. She's just a class above all of us."

McCann finished 11th at the Sydney Olympics and said running into the stadium filled with 110,000 people was one of the highlights of her life.

Capturing a Commonwealth Games gold medal on Australian soil would be equally memorable.

"To win it a second time would be a dream come true, but I just hope I can medal in my home country," she said. "It depends who's there and what happens on the day. In Manchester I knew how much better I was than the rest of the field, except for the one Kenyan girl that was in it, and I thought I'd win gold. I'm really not sure what to expect in Melbourne. It's hard to know until you see the field. I mean who knows who Kenya's going to send? You just can't predict it from now. If you asked me a week before the Games I could probably tell you. Hopefully I'll be in the best shape I can possibly be in."

Complete article at The Illawarra Mercury

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Bigger than big meet before Commonwealth Games

A Track and field meeting boasting the biggest gathering of stars since the Sydney Olympics is being planned for Melbourne just four days before the Commonwealth Games.

A meeting featuring the cream of Commonwealth, European and American athletes is the brainchild of British company Fast Track Events, which aims to stage the athletics extravaganza at the MCG on Saturday, March 11.
It is understood the event is close to being finalised.

"It will be bigger than big and if it comes off, and we are extremely confident it will, this will be something else," a source said.

Athletics Australia has been approached to host the event, but AA chief Danny Corcoran refused to comment last night.

The BBC is keen to broadcast the event live into Britain, with events to begin at 11am.

Commonwealth Games chairman Ron Walker said last night he was unaware of any event taking place so close to the Games, but sources have told the Herald Sun there is some concern among Melbourne 2006 officials over the impact the meeting may have on the Games.

"They certainly don't want any of the gloss being taken off the Games," the source said.

Complete article at The Herald Sun

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 Wednesday, June 22, 2005 

Terry Fox Fun Run 2005

Pancake reward for fund-raising fun runners

Many Canberrans braved the wet and cold weather yesterday to hit the streets in aid of cancer research and eat pancakes.

Participants in the 16th annual Canberra Terry Fox fun Run made their way from the Canadian High Commission along the edge of Lake Burley Griffin and back to Forster Crescent, Yarralumla. There were 5km and 10km courses, with pancakes and maple syrup on offer for breakfast when runners (and walkers) finished.

Jackie Fairweather and Nick Walshe won the 10km race, with Kathy Southgate and Mark Shepherd coming first over 5km. The fun run, variations of which are held world-wide, was inspired by the young Canadian, Terry Fox who, having lost both legs to cancer, began a run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research 25 years ago.
His "Marathon of Hope" raised $24 million and he covered 5373km in 143 days before he succumbed to lung cancer halfway across the country. The fun runs have raised $230,000 for the ACT Cancer Council over the past 12 years.

Acting High Commissioner Gaston Barban said he hoped this year’s event would raise even more money than last year’s $27,000, although he said the run was also held in a spirit of community.

"We want to show our appreciation to Canberrans and contribute our share to the life of this City we call home," he said.

Source:- The Canberra Times 20th June 2005, page 4.

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 Sunday, June 19, 2005 

McTaggart and Pott dominate National Mountain Running Championships

Scott McTaggart of the ACT and Vivian Pott of Queensland produced outstanding runs to dominate today's Telstra Australian Mountain Running Championships on Mt Majura in Canberra.

McTaggart, a leading national steeplechaser for many years who has also represented Australia in the Ekiden Relay, clocked 57mins exactly for the 13.3 kms. Former national champion David Osmond of the ACT was 2nd in 60:40 and New Zealand's Glenn Hughes third in 61:01.

Race organiser John Harding said, "McTaggart has stamped himself as a tremendous prospect for the World Championship in New Zealand on 25th September. His time was almost 2 minutes faster than New Zealander Phil Costley in the New Zealand Championships last month over the same distance and elevation gain. Costley is a former top ten place getter at the World Mountain Running Championships".

Pott ran 48:14 to win the women's 9kms. International orienteer Hanny Allston of Tasmania was second in 49:22, 11 seconds ahead of ACT triathlete Kirra Rankin who ran despite a fractured rib suffered in a bicycle training fall two weeks ago. Pott was a supremely talented junior who won national under 20 titles in 1500m, 3000m, cross country and triathlon in 1993. She represented Australian at World Junior Cross Country and World Universities Cross Country.

Allston also won the junior women's title over 4.5kms in 24:27, with ACT runners Kathleen Cross and Ashleigh Grey-Reitz filling the placings in 30:34 and 32:08. The junior men's championship over 9kms was won in 42:27 by NSW Central Coast runner Ben Guest, a national cross country medallist in his age group.

Second in 42:55 was the ACT's Scott Tomlinson, a world junior mountain running representative in 2004. Third in a surprising performance was AIS national junior race walking champion Adam Rutter of NSW who clocked 46:12 despite a tough training session yesterday.

Results:

Open men's 13.3kms:
1 S McTaggart (ACT) 57.00, 2 D Osmond (ACT) 60.40, 3 G Hughes (NZ) 61.01. 4
S Brown (NSW) 61.28, 5 B Keem (NSW) 61.57, 6 B Revell (NZ) 62.40, 7 K Laws
(VIC) 64.24, 8 J Dent (NSW) 64.58, 9 J Winsbury (ACT) 64.58, 10 G Graves
(NSW) 65.58.

Open women's 9kms:
1 V Pott (QLD) 48.14, 2 H Allston (TAS) 49.22, 3 K Rankin (ACT) 49.33, 4 E
Murray (ACT) 50.05, 5 M Ponton (ACT) 52.32, 6 V Haverd (ACT) 52.15, 7 H
Wichers (QLD) 53.50, 8 J Hosking (ACT) 55.42, 9 V Godfrey (ACT) 56.00, 10 A
Williams (NSW) 57.37.

Junior men's 9kms:
1 B Guest (NSW) 42.27, 2 S Tomlinson (ACT) 42.55, 3 A Rutter (NSW) 46.12, 4
M Chapman (ACT) 47.17, 5 B Glasson (ACT) 48.09, 6 A McGlew (ACT) 48.23, 7 I
Reitman (VIC) 50.08, 8 M McCagh (WA) 51.29, 9 G Cassidy (TAS) 54.07, 10 J
Baxter (NSW) 65.05.

Junior women's 4.5kms:
1 H Allston (TAS) 24.27, 2 K Cross (ACT) 30.34, 3 A Grey-Reitz (ACT) 32.08.

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 Saturday, June 18, 2005 

Australian Victoria Mitchell seizes US track title

Mansfield athlete Victoria Mitchell has become the fourth Australian woman to win an NCAA track and field title.

Competing for Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mitchell last week won the 3000m steeplechase in Sacramento, California. Mitchell, a Mansfield native and former University of Ballarat student, beat Cassie Hunt of Illinois in 9min 54.32sec to give the college its first individual track title in 73 years.

The 23-year-old is also the school's first female athlete to win a national championship. Mitchell said she was elated to win such a prestigious title.

"I didn't feel that great, but I did well in my qualifying race, so I went into the final confident," she told NCAASports.com. "I knew I had a chance because I knew she (Hunt) was tired and I was just biding my time," said Mitchell, who cleared away from Hunt with 300m to go. The plan was to wait and see how I felt and make a move when I was ready. I didn't used to think I had a kick at the end, but over time I've sort of established one."

Her outstanding season was recognised with selection in the Academic All-America second team and she is also on Butler University's athletic director's Honour Roll.

Mitchell had to overcome a stress fracture and broken metatarsal in her foot last year that disrupted the early part of her cross-country season.

In May, she set a school record of 9:53.24, which was a B qualifier for August's world championships in Helsinki. However, Mitchell was not selected by Athletics Australia to compete.

She also holds the school record for the 5000m and 1500m and was the 2004 Horizon League cross-country champion.

Mitchell went to Butler in December 2003 seeking more competition in her pet event and is completing a masters degree in effective teaching in special education.

The fourth Australian woman to win an NCAA title, she follows Katie Swords' back-to-back 10,000m victories in 1985-86 with Southern Methodist University; Gai Kapernick's high jump win in 1994, and heptathlete Sharon Jaklofsky-Smith's 1991 triumph with Louisiana.

Mitchell, who finished eighth in the race last year, was described in the Indianapolis Star as a "23-year-old with dyed pink hair who used to ride horses and catch lizards while growing up in the Australian bush".

Complete article at The Herald Sun

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 Friday, June 17, 2005 

Lisa Dick to run Gold Coast Marathon

The 2005 Gold Coast Airport Marathon has had a further boost to its list of high profile competitors with the announcement that former Australian Marathon Champion Lisa Dick will take part in the Sunday July 3rd event.

Lisa won the Australian Marathon Championship in 1998 in a time of 2.36.54 – a personal best for the Victorian, despite suffering serious injury in a car accident in early 1997 at a Falls Creek altitude training camp.

Amazingly, in the same year, she went on to win a silver medal at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games [2:41:48].

After successes in the Australian Marathon Championships and the Commonwealth Games, Lisa travelled to Japan in 1999 to compete in the Osaka Marathon. However during competition she suffered serious hamstring and hip injuries.

Lisa said the injuries have kept her from competing for the past seven years and that she "can’t wait to get out there again".

"Since Osaka I haven’t run a marathon, so the Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be my first in seven years," said Lisa. "The Gold Coast Airport Marathon was also my first victory, so it holds a special fondness for me. The climate is perfect and the organisers put on a great day…I’m really looking forward to it," she said.

Lisa is also a former Australian Road Running Half Marathon champion, taking the title in 1995 in a time of 1:13:12.

Now back in top form thanks to coach Nic Bideau, who also coaches Craig Mottram, Benita Johnson and Haley McGregor, Lisa is training hard for her Gold Coast return.

She will be up against 2002 Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist, Jackie Fairweather [ACT], who is looking to post a slick selection time for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and 2003 Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner, Shireen Crumpton [NZ].

In the men’s event, last year’s winner Gemechu Woyecha [ACT] is once again highly fancied, along with South Australian dark horse, 10,000 metre specialist Brett Cartwright, who’ll be making his marathon debut.

Other challengers include 2003 winner from Tanzania, Dickson Marwa and Kiwis Dale Warrander and John Henwood who’ll both also use the event as to qualify for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team.

Some 12,000 people are expected to take part in the 42-kilometre feature event, Asics Half Marathon, Telstra Country Wide 10 Kilometre Run, Gold Coast Bulletin 7.5 Kilometre Walk and the Norco Pauls Junior Dashes.

Online entry for the 2005 event is available until 28 June or people can enter and register in person at the Brisbane and Gold Coast registration centres. Call Queensland Events Gold Coast for more information on 07 5564 8733 or race to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au

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 Thursday, June 16, 2005 

Mottram and Pittman lay claim to Europe

by Len Johnson

Wins by Australian athletes in major European competition are rare enough, but on Tuesday night Jana Pittman and Craig Mottram won on diagonally opposite points of the continent.

Pittman made a winning return to the Athens Olympic stadium, taking out the 400 metres hurdles at the Tskilitiria Super Grand Prix meeting in a world-leading time, while Mottram won the 1500 metres in Gothenburg.

Pittman smashed her opposition in the hurdles, her winning time of 53.44 seconds almost a full second ahead of Pole Anna Jesien. Greek Olympic champion Fani Halkia, at one stage touted as a possible competitor, was absent, reportedly in Germany being treated for a foot injury.

Complete article at The Age

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Mottram fires in Sweden

Australia’s Craig Mottram has shown awesome form at the Göteborg Games in Sweden overnight.

The Olympic finalist won the men’s 1500m in 3:36.68, just one second outside his best. Mottram took the lead with 300m remaining and finished the last 400m in 53.6 and says he still had some left in the tank, "I can run much faster" he proclaimed post race.

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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Powell runs 100m in 9.77sec for new World Record

On his return to the Athens stadium on Tuesday night - the scene of his major disappointment in last year's 100-metre Olympic final - Asafa Powell produced atonement by the bucket-load in clocking a world record of 9.77 seconds.

His performance, on a warm night with a following wind of 1.6 metres a second, a puff or two short of the maximum allowable, shaved one-hundredth of a second off the mark set by American Tim Montgomery in Paris in 2002.

By the enormous standards Powell had set, in being unbeaten for almost a year before the Olympic final, he failed to perform at the Games and finished fifth in the final.

But if the Jamaican failed to be the fastest man on the day on his previous visit to Athens, he will leave this time as the fastest man of all days.

Montgomery's performance is now entangled in the BALCO drug scandal. At face value, Powell is a clean athlete, so just as when Maurice Greene finally equalled Ben Johnson's (subsequently disallowed) world record from the Seoul Olympic Games, the title of world's fastest man again resides with an athlete free from drug taints.

Complete article at The Age

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 Wednesday, June 15, 2005 

Mitchell and Lapierre standouts at US College Champs

Australian Steeplechaser Victoria Mitchell and long jumper Fabrice Lapierre put in impressive performances at this weekend's US National Collegiate championships, claiming top honours.

Mitchell, who is on a scholarship in the US, clocked 9:54.32, just outside her personal best, to win the 3000m steeplechase by 30 metres.

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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Competitive fields for Australian Mountain Running Champs

The lure of the World Championships in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th September has attracted the most competitive fields in race history for this Saturday’s Telstra Australian Mountain Running Championships (18th June).

The men’s 13.3kms is facing up as an Australia–New Zealand Challenge as runners from both sides of the Tasman seek to impress national selectors. Leading New Zealanders Ben Revell and Glenn Hughes challenge the top Australians—Scott McTaggart, Stephen Brown, Kevin Laws, John Winsbury, David Osmond, Ben Rattray, and Julian Dent, all current or former Australian representatives. Current national champion Ben Du Bois, absent in Europe competing in the World Mountain Running Association’s Grand Prix Series, has already staked a strong claim for one of the six positions in the Australian team after a record breaking win in the NSW Championship followed by 9th place in the Rock of Gibralter Grand Prix race, only 2 minutes behind the winner.

After a five minute victory in the ACT Championship, Canberra’s Emma Murray will start favourite in the women’s 9kms but will face strong competition from 2004 champion Marnie Ponton, ultra distance star Vanessa Haverd, Australian duathlon representative Vicki Godfrey and former Australian junior cross country and triathlon representative Vivian Pott.

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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Letherby Rocks the mountain!

Andrew Letherby had a good run in last weekend's Rocky Mountain half marathon in Denver, just seven weeks after his hitout in the Boston marathon...

The Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist placed fifth overall, clocking 1:05.45 and placed 1st in the 30-34yrs division.

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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 Tuesday, June 14, 2005 

Cathy Freeman considers athletics coaching

Former Olympic 400 metres champion Cathy Freeman says she is considering becoming an athletics coach.

Speaking at an Athletics Australia children's day in her hometown of Mackay, Freeman said she was keen to see more young people take up her sport.

"I certainly feel really happy when I'm helping other athletes and coaches," she told ABC radio. "Once upon a time I said I don't have the time to coach, but then the more I learn the more I think it's a reality (that) I could."

But Freeman said there was definitely no chance of her making a racing comeback for next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Complete article at The SMH

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 Monday, June 13, 2005 

King Arthur reigns supreme at Kempsey

Paul Arthur captured yet another road title with an emphatic victory in yesterday’s Kempsey marathon.

The "King", now aged 38, treated the classic country race as a hard training hit out. After being challenged early in the race by mid-North Coast runner Richard Sewell and consistent Sydney Strider Ray Wareham, Arthur gradually applied the pressure from the 5km mark, striding to victory in 2.39.14. Sewell finished second in 2.42.23 whilst Wareham managed a podium finish in coming third in 2.46.14.

The first female finisher was Julie Foster who completed the course in 3.20.23.

"I travelled to Kempsey to clear my mind and get away from Sydney for the weekend," Arthur remarked. "A lot of my running over the last 6 months or so has been on flatter courses and I am slowly rediscovering my rhythm from the early 90s. Kempsey certainly allowed me to do just that".

Arthur’s victory came after a successful campaign, which included a solid first leg at last week’s NSW Cross Country relay Championships at Miranda. Arthur stole the show by defeating the field with his cracking first leg, defeating classy runners such as Dave Byrne and Brad Woods.

Arthur stated "I am looking forward to taking on the young fellas at Nowra, although I refuse to back off until just before the City to Surf".

The NSW Cross Country championships will be held at Nowra this Saturday, with the best distance runners in NSW battling for the coveted gold medals. Arthur will be trying to add to his record tally of state gold medals over the hilly course.

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Is your State Premier fit to govern ?

Bob Carr (NSW)
Does a lot of walking "sets a cracking pace" particulary up stairs and "I've just about given up bread and I have given up pasta and veered towards a high protein diet. I've lost weight around the middle but I've put on half a stone overall in lean body mass. I have a lot of official lunches so the rule is no to the bread, just have the steak, the chicken or the fish and avoid the dessert". Has taken up swimming - ensures he exercises at least an hour per day and drinks 2 litres of water. He only has coffee every second day. Starts the day with a big bowl of wife's homemade muesli.

Peter Beattie (QLD)
Takes health seriously, the article says. Each morning does a 55min interval exercise program with heart rate monitoring. "Eats yoghurt and has switched to eating lots of vegetables and fish". Carbs have been givent he flick and he has shed several kilos since the start of the year.

Mike Rann (SA)
He does some exercise (unspecified) and concedes he needs to lose a few more kg. "Once a week we have a personal trainer". Has a predometer and aims to do 10,000 steps a day but has been "slack" on that recently.

Steve Bracks (VIC)
Swims 1.5km three mornings a week. Takes part in the Lorne Pier to Pub each year and swam 3.2km from Elwood to Williamstown earlier this year.

Geoff Gallop (WA)
Swims a kilometre at least 4 days a week, doesn't snack and has just 3 meals a day, starting with cereal and finishing with a beer.

Jon Stanhope (ACT)
Says he has follwed a vigorous exercise regime for 30 years including running 6 marathons, and he still runs for fitness and has taken up weight training. Believes the key to maintaining a healthy weight is to avoid snacking between meals.

Clare Martin (NT)
Goes for a walk every morning and plays tennis on weekends.

Paul Lennon (TAS)
Said last year he would quit smoking after previous premier Jim Bacon died of lung cancer, declined to reveal his habits.

(Originally appeared in the Sunday Telegraph)

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Benita Johnson 3rd in New York City Mini-10km

Benita Johnson finished third in the Circle of Friends 10-kilometre in New York on Saturday, her first race since the London marathon seven weeks ago.

Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands led from gun to tape in the hot and humid conditions to win in 31 minutes 44 seconds. Over 200 metres behind her, Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia got the better of Johnson in the closing stages to be second, 32:18 to 32:24.

It was a solid run from the Australian who has done virtually no quality training since finishing sixth in London in a personal best two hours 26 minutes 31 seconds on April 17.

Johnson was last week named to contest the 10,000 metres at the world championships in Helsinki in August. She had been selected for the 5000 metres but will probably opt for the longer event.

"This race was great preparation for Helsinki," Johnson said. She has one race scheduled in Cork and the other will probably be a 5000 metres in Stockholm on July 26.

Complete article at The Age

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 Sunday, June 12, 2005 

Driven Tamsyn Lewis runs for her life

At four in the afternoon, the sky over Duncan MacKinnon Reserve is as grey as old dishwater and the southerly has an icy edge to it. Tamsyn Lewis is feeling the cold.

It's her first taste of Melbourne's winter in years - usually she would be in Europe rather than in Murrumbeena by now - and most of her warm clothes are in London. To make matters worse, her clothing sponsor has dropped her from its list.

But it will take more than wind chill to dent Lewis' fundamental optimism. In the past 11 years, she has already endured, in no particular order, intense public criticism, chronic injury, anorexia, allegations of adultery and missing an Olympic final by 0.03 of a second - about a third of the time it takes to blink.

So it's no surprise to find someone whose fastest times are five years in the past talking about winning the 400 and 800 metres at next year's Commonwealth Games. Part of it is the relief of overcoming the nagging gluteus injury that destroyed her Athens Olympic campaign; part of it is belief in the value of talent and hard work.

"I always aim to win; I always tell myself I'll win," she says. "I believe I can win the four-eight double. That's why I'm not going overseas, that's why I've changed my training around. I know I have the ability to do it and it's just about getting it right. I know people will read that and laugh and say she's dreaming, but the people around me believe in me. Hopefully, I can turn to the people who did doubt me and show them a couple of fingers."

Right now, the doubters seem to be in the majority, and many have not hesitated to air their views. It's something Lewis doesn't understand and she admits to being hurt by it, particularly the criticism from past athletes.

"With things that people say, everyone says you ignore it and it makes you stronger, but it hurts, it really does," she says. "When people are nasty to you just because you're trying to run around a track ... if I don't run fast, I don't see why anyone else feels the need to criticise me. And it's really bad when past athletes criticise. If they really feel passionate about our sport, they should be speaking to the individual athletes and saying, 'Can I help?', rather than saying, 'That girl's not fast enough, she shouldn't make another team'.

Complete article at The Age

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We're not running on empty, says chief selector

Athletics Australia's chairman of selectors has rejected suggestions the sport is in crisis and boldly declared our track and field athletes could exceed their 2002 Commonwealth Games medal haul next year.

Max Binnington said that despite sending the smallest team to the world championships in Helsinki, he was confident that at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March, Australia's athletics team could surpass the 28 medals they bagged in Manchester in 2002.

"I would be surprised if this team doesn't do better than the team in Manchester," he said. "As is usual for home games, I'd be very surprised if we don't see people popping out of the woodwork for unexpected medals."

Binnington rejected claims by Cathy Freeman that Australia's athletes would struggle at the Commonwealth Games and needed to lift their game. "I don't agree with Cathy," he said. "She's entitled to her view, but I don't know the context of that. My view is that we'll actually do very well at the Commonwealth Games. I've done a shadow squad, looking at it in terms of criteria and what has been achieved by our athletes in the past 12 months, and I think we'll have a big team and quite a few medallists among it."

Binnington defended Australia's team of 22 athletes - which includes just seven women - selected for the world championships in Finland starting on August 6.

He said injuries had depleted the team and other athletes were timing their preparation for the Commonwealth Games. But he admitted Athletics Australia's financial woes had had repercussions on the sport.

"We can't afford to do some of the things we'd like to be doing," he said. "But while we have the smallest team now, at the last national titles we had nine juniors who won open titles, and they're the substantial future of our sport. We now have to work at ensuring those young people come through to the next stage".

Complete article at The SMH

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Paul Hoffman's got it all: the Australian accent, the respect of those around him & speed to burn

The finals of the NCAA West Regional 1,500-meter race are an hour away when Paul Hoffman begins his warm-up. Around him other races begin, javelins fly and people cheer.

But he doesn't notice. It's an hour before the race, and he's stretching, striding and preparing for a 15-minute pre-race jog. When he's ready, he stops to collect himself.

Hoffman doesn't know when he started running. But long before he became one of the top collegiate distance runners as a member of Idaho State's track and field team, he was growing up in Urunga, a small coastal town in Australia between Sydney and Brisbane and running every chance he got.

He ran with his mates. He ran on the soccer field. He played cricket. He surfed. He did anything that sounded fun.

"I never really trained seriously," said Hoffman, a senior with one year of outdoor eligibility remaining. "I just ran. I had a bit of talent."

A bit of talent waiting to be cultivated. At 5 or 6 - his mother, Helen, can't remember which - Paul and his older brother, Brett, entered a 7-kilometer fun run together.

"We thought he could start and we'd pick him up halfway," Helen said. Well, at about the 5-kilometer mark, Paul tapped his brother Brett on the shoulder. At the time, Brett was convinced somebody drove Paul to a point where he could catch up. Little did he know that a fire burned inside his brother, a competitive blaze slowly bubbling to the surface.

"His biggest thing was that he used to chase his brother," said Helen by telephone from Washington state where she was visiting her sister earlier this week. "Whatever his brother could do, he could do."

He prepares himself before the race at hallowed Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. - the Mecca of distance runners thanks to Steve Prefontaine's lasting legacy - reciting his simple race mantra, "Don't screw up."

As they gather around the starting line, Hoffman is surrounded by more talent than he's ever seen on one track at one time. This isn't just another meet, it's a place for him to make his mark.

By the time Hoffman turned 15, he increased his training on the track. But in Urunga, there are only a few high school meets each year. And when graduation rolled around, he knew his only track option was in America.

"I wasn't fast enough to be picked up by any of the institutes of sport," Hoffman said, referring to the Australia's elite training facilities. "I was just going to end up going to university and following everyone else. I wanted to keep running. I wanted to see what I could do. I'd heard about American universities."

He didn't care where he landed. He wanted to compete. Like so many other athletes, Hoffman met Dave Nielsen and Idaho State practically by accident.

Nielsen and Hoffman first hit it off in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics at which Nielsen was coaching pole vaulter Stacy Dragila. Suddenly, ISU was a viable option for Hoffman.

"It sounded pretty good, so I said 'I'd love to do that,'" Hoffman said. Nielsen liked Hoffman right away.

"I can't put my finger on it," Nielsen said. "He's got a pleasant, upbeat personality, and just a good-hearted nature. He had a good look about him. Things just seemed to fit. This guy just has it." Hoffman graduated from high school in November 2000, and came to ISU that January.

"I'd never seen snow before," Hoffman remembers. With little time to prepare, his mother was nervous about the trip. "I was glad that the plane didn't stop anywhere between home and L.A., so he couldn't get lost," Helen joked. "You've got to do what you've got to do. It's been good. I think he made the right decision."

When Hoffman came to ISU, he didn't just dip his toe into the water, he plummeted off the high dive head first. He put his new surroundings in a bear hug and refused to let go. He hikes, bikes and climbs anytime he gets a chance. He's even tried snowboarding.

"It's kind of a hazard," Hoffman said, "but don't tell anyone."

The gun sounds, the runners take off and Hoffman settles in the back. He likes it there. He can judge the pace of the race and plan his kick. He knows he's not blessed with the best closing speed, so he needs to plan his move just right.

He tells himself to stay relaxed. But he knows he's overthinking - a distance runner's curse. He's been doing it for so long, though, he doesn't really notice.

Complete article at the Idaho State Journal

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 Saturday, June 11, 2005 

Commonwealth Games wants more cash, Howard wants more PR glory

Commonwealth Games chief Ron Walker is negotiating with the Howard Government for more cash after the State Government's budget blowout.

Statements by Games Minister Justin Madden yesterday confirmed state spending would soar tens of millions of dollars above the $697 million "cap".
Mr Madden said the State Government had not asked Canberra for more help but earlier, Games chairman Mr Walker met with federal Treasurer Peter Costello.

"The . . . Australian Government is putting in a very large sum of money into the Commonwealth Games and there was a discussion as to the amounts that are involved," Mr Costello said.

Asked if there had been a request for more than the $102.9 million promised, Mr Costello said: "Well, my experience is these are always ongoing negotiations."

Mr Madden said if M2006 was seeking more money from Canberra, that was for Mr Walker to say. Mr Walker would not talk about yesterday's meeting, which was also attended by federal Sports Minister Rod Kemp and M2006 chief executive John Harnden.

State-federal tensions were evident after a report in the Herald Sun detailed Commonwealth demands over the Queen's Baton Relay.

The Howard Government wants its MPs to control planning committees and to be front and centre to receive the baton on stage at celebrations during the 50-day relay. It wants footage of the Prime Minister and Treasurer shown to crowds and exclusive sign rights.

Mr Madden described the glory grab as misguided, startling and presumptuous.

"Our concerns are that they want to use (the relay) as a bit of political propaganda rather than actually using it for endorsing and enhancing the community's work," he said. "The relay is really about the unsung heroes in the community -- it's not about politicians."

Complete article at The Herald Sun

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World Harmony Run visits Yass

Yass was host to two runners on Monday, when World Harmony Runners Anubha Baird from Adelaide and Sarah Barnett from Melbourne passed through the town, stopping at Victoria and Riverbank Parks to talk to local school students.
Initially fired up in New York, runners carrying torches are currently running in 70 countries world-wide, covering 40,000 kilometres, striving to "create goodwill among peoples of all nations and strengthen a sense of international friendship and oneness".
On their way to Sydney via Canberra, Ms Baird and Ms Barnett talked to school students from Berinba, Yass High and Mt Carmel Schools at Victoria Park about reconciliation and friendship, saying that "all people are one, regardless of their age, skin colour or race". Aboriginal Elders Eric Bell and Greg Chatfield agreed with this message, saying that they are working towards achieving acceptance for different races.

The World Harmony Run was founded in 1987 by Sri Chinmoy and usually takes place every two years. For more information on the World Harmony Run, please ring (02) 6251 2813 or http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/au. More information on Sri Chinmoy is available from wikipedia.

Complete article at The Yass Tribune

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 Friday, June 10, 2005 

Sonia O'Sullivan now an Australian Resident

Irish distance champion Sonia O'Sullivan, has been granted an Australian residents visa this week. That means she is one step closer to competing for Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne next March.

O'Sullivan, the 2000 Olympics 5000m silver medallist, will activate the visa when she returns to Australia with Bideau and their two children in October. She will then apply for Australian citizenship.

If approved in time, she will try to win selection in the Australian team for the 2006 Games - almost a fait accompli given her talent.

After the Games she would return to running for Ireland.

"Sonia feels a real synergy with Australia," Bideau said.

Athletics Australia is supporting O'Sullivan's quest.

A previous news report is here

From the Australian newspaper

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Mottram vows to be remembered

Australia's best male distance runner, Craig Mottram, doesn't want to be another Alex Haglesteens.

Alex who? That is pretty much what Mottram said when his coach, Nic Bideau, warned him not to follow the path of Haglesteens, an obscure Belgian.

Bideau has to work on Mottram's mind as much as his body before August's world athletics championships in Helsinki, Finland, where his charge will contest the 5000m against a host of brilliant Africans.

Hence the example of Haglesteens. "Some Belgian guy who ran 27min 30sec for 10k in the 1970s", Bideau said. "It was a fast time back then but he is remembered by nobody today because he couldn't produce that form when it counted to win something."

Mottram's record is similar. In London last July, the 24-year-old smashed his Australian 5000m record, running 12:55.76 in an enthralling race against incomparable Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

It made Mottram the second fastest non-African over the distance, but it wasn't enough to win as Gebrselassie pipped him at the post. A few weeks later at the Athens Olympic Games, the lanky Mottram cruised into the final, then finished eighth.

It was a breakthrough season for Australia's great distance-running hope yet he wanted more.

"As good as Craig was last year, he was eighth at the Olympics and that is not where he wants to be," Bideau said. "We both thought he was capable of better. One of the problems was he was too focused on breaking 13 (minutes) and showing he could run as fast as the Africans without giving too much thought to beating them in the big show. Now we know he can run fast we need to see him take the next step and win races."
Complete article at Fox Sports

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Angela Bateup - a local running success

Side streets and quiet lanes of a country town would theoretically be a strange place to see a world-class runner practicing. But that is exactly where local teacher, mum and marathon runner Angela Bateup runs at 4.30am every morning, covering 120km per week, in preparation for national and international marathons.

Mrs Bateup, daughter of long-time locals Bill and Kath Luchetti, started her marathon-running hobby (as she calls it) in early high-school, when she came third in an Athletics Carnival running race. Through her teenage years, she trained with other Yass greats Anthony Bond, Jenny Walker, Mary-Jane Hardy and Wendy Ticehurst.
At the age of 16, Mrs Bateup qualified for her most memorable experience, the World Junior's Championships held Europe. Running for seven weeks, the competition involved 100 teenagers competing in Athens and other European locations.

Mrs Bateup's running career was boosted with a scholarship to study with the AIS from 1986 to 1989. Next came her hardest running experience – competing in the "dusty and slushy" World Mountain Running Championships held in Italy in 1992, so steep some runners had to start walking up the massive mountain, described as being "ten times the size of ACT's Mount Ainslie".

Mrs Bateup has been selected to represent Australia on a number of occasions, competing in the World Duathlon, World Triathlon Championships held in Perth and the Ekiden Relay held in Korea.

In April this year, Mrs Bateup vied with 900 other runners at the Canberra Marathon, finishing third for the second time – the first being in 2003. She improved her personal-best record, finishing the 42km race in 2 hours and 47 minutes, three minutes faster than in 2003, coming 22nd overall.

On May 22 this year, Mrs Bateup competed in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, placed fifth after past Olympians and elite runners. Next month will see Mrs Bateup compete at a 42km marathon held at the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast run will be a turning point in Mrs Bateup's running history, as she is planning to slow down (no pun intended), spend more time with daughter Chloe and husband Richi and continue teaching at Mt Carmel Catholic School.

"Running with neighbours Narelle Patrick and Fleur Flannery has made me consider marathon running as a social activity. I still plan on running; just not at an international level," she told the Tribune last week.

Complete article at The Yass Tribune

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Mountain Man - 300 Marathons in 21 years

The Sydney-based running celebrity, Mountain Man (also known as Grahame Kerruish) will compete in his 300th marathon on June 12th at the Macleay River Marathon, the same spot where he did his 200th.

He competed in his first marathon on 10 June 1984 and that was the Australian Wang Marathon held in Sydney. He finished in a time of 4.06.19. All his results are fully authenticated by certificates and results sheets of all the marathons he has competed in. Mountain Man only counts marathons of the 42.195 Distance as official marathons. His ultras are counted as something else, such as the 6 foot track marathon and his Sydney to Melbourne, etcetera.

He has competed in marathons in all states of Australia, except Northern Territory and Tasmania - he has even travelled as far afield as New Zealand, Honolulu, Fiji and Omsk Siberia. His fastest marathon ever was the World Vets held in Melbourne on 6 December 1987 in a time of 3.29.04.

He is a very dedicated and loyal Western Districts Joggers and Harriers member and the Club are very, very proud of him. Over 60 club members will at the race this weekend to cheer him on.

He carries a very worthy title – the one and only Mountain Man.

- Listing of all his marathons here in MS-EXCEL or PDF
- Article and photo from 2002 here

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RunDiary.net running software released to CoolRunners

After twelve months of development, an exciting new piece of software geared at the on-line running community is approaching release. Developed by long-time CoolRunner Sparkie, the software allows people to share their training schedules, diaries, workouts and courses with other runners on-line. Some key features of the application include:
  • a comprehensive training diary, that lets you enter your training quickly and easily
  • importing and exporting of workouts and schedules to allow runners to share their training ideas with one another
  • built-in blogging features to allow workouts and training summaries to be quickly posted to the WEB
  • an easy-to-use, yet powerful scheduling tool, allowing detailed training programs to be built in minutes
  • calculators to determine training paces and race time predictions, and automatically add these to your diary
The final version of RunDiary.net will be released on Monday 20th June, but CoolRunners are now able to download the pre-release version - a fully-functional 30-day trial. The trial can be downloaded from http://www.rundiary.net/downloads.

Normally selling for $40, CoolRunners will be entitled to a special discount price of $30 on release, and $1 from each copy sold to CoolRunners will go towards on-going CoolRunning operations.

Sample training programs and workouts for RunDiary.net can be download at http://www.rundiary.net/forum.

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 Sunday, June 05, 2005 

Mottram flies to victory in Spain

Australia's Craig Mottram ran the fastest 5000 metres of the year at the IAAF Seville Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old Victorian clocked a classy 13:04.06 to hold off challenges from Kenyan duo Isaac Songok (13:06.22) and Moses Mosop (13:06.83).

(*Update at The Age here *)

Also in hot form was Morocco's Amine Laalou, who ran the fastest 800 metres this year, clocking 1:44.22 to hold off strong challenges by Youssef Saad Kamel and Wilfred Bungei.

Laalou produced a late burst down the home straight to overhaul Kenya's Bungei before going past the fast-finishing Kamel of Bahrain in suffocating evening heat at La Cartuja stadium.

Another Kenyan, Paul Kipsiele Koech, posted the best time in the world this year in the 3000 metres steeplechase as he powered to victory ahead of compatriot Brimin Kipruto in a blistering 8:06.26.

Morocco's Hasna Benhassi, a silver medallist at the Athens Olympics, won the women's 800 metres, edging out Russia's Olga Kotlyarova with a time of 1:59.59.

Kenyan youngster Daniel Kipchirchir Komen dominated the men's 1500 in a fast 3:31.46, finishing well clear of European indoor champion Ivan Heshko of Ukraine.

Complete article at The SMH

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Susan Michelson 2nd in Stockholm Marathon

Zimbabwe's Kasirai Sita won the Stockholm Marathon on Saturday on his first attempt, beating runner-up Daniel Kiprugut of Kenya by nearly two minutes.

Spain's Tina Maria Ramos won the women's race ahead of Susan Michelson of Australia.

Sita crossed the finish line at Olympic Stadium in two hours 13 minutes 30 seconds. It was the fifth fastest time in the 27 editions of the Stockholm marathon and the fastest since 1991.

Britain's Hugh Jones set the course record of 2:11.37 in 1983. Kiprugut was one minute and 43 seconds slower, with third-place Phillip Bandaw of Zimbabwe 38 seconds further back.

A record 17,071 runners from more than 50 countries entered the race, with the 26-year-old Sita the first Zimbabwean winner.

"I'm very happy to win here," Sita said. "I told my manager I'd win it and I did."

Ramos covered the women's race in 2:41.28 while Michelson clocked 2:42.51.

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 Friday, June 03, 2005 

Commonwealth Games ticket losers loud in their protest

Pressure is mounting for changes to Commonwealth Games ticketing to help thousands who struck out in the ballot.

Critics say the system is unfair, but officials are refusing to budge.
About 95,000 fans who won seats will have equal rights with first-round losers when the ballot resumes this month. About 23,000 luckless individuals and families missed out. Disgruntled and confused applicants flooded the airwaves yesterday.

"A lot of people applied for lots in case they got nothing, and they've ended up getting the lot," one woman said. "I think the second ballot should only be for those who received nothing."

Melbourne 2006 said it had fielded 1500 ticket complaints and inquiries since Monday. Premier Steve Bracks and Games Minister Justin Madden rejected criticism of the ballot for a second day running.

"It's really the luck of the draw and this is the fairest and most equitable way to distribute those tickets," Mr Madden said.

Games ticket revenue is crucial if Melbourne 2006 is to balance its $1.1 billion budget. Organisers would reap more than $73 million if they sold all 1.24 million ballot tickets. Just over half have gone so far. The opening ceremony is worth $16 million and athletics at the MCG about $24 million.

M2006 chief executive John Harnden said random draws were carried out for every session. He said continuing the random system was fairer than weighting it towards first-round losers.

Many people said organisers should have ensured everyone got something. Some critics complained about the number of family tickets. Others said the push to sell tickets interstate and overseas was wrong when Victorians were struggling to get seats at blue-ribbon events.

Complete article at the Herald Sun

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 Thursday, June 02, 2005 

Mottram set for Seville GP

Olympic finalist Craig Mottram is all set to run the 5000m at the Seville Grand Prix meeting on Saturday 4th June.

Mottram will take on athletes including sub 13minute runner Ben Limo of Kenya, 2001 world champion Richard Limo from Kenya, Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Zersanay Tadesse from Eritrea and European 10,000m champion Chema Martinez from Spain.

Complete article at Athletics Australia

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 Wednesday, June 01, 2005 

Australian universities elite sports network a VSU casualty

The Federal Government’s proposed Voluntary Student Unionism legislation recorded its first casualty last week when two of Australia’s most successful sporting universities, the University of Melbourne and University of Sydney, announced they could no longer consider joining a ground-breaking national program aimed at helping elite athletes balance sport and study.

An initiative of the Government’s own Australian Sports Commission, the Elite Athlete Friendly Universities Network was established just seven months ago and is enthusiastically supported by professional player associations and the nine Institutes and Academies of Sport.

The Network sets out the key areas where elite athletes require support to be able to successfully integrate their academic and sporting aspirations. These include the appointment of specific staff to support elite athletes within the university by providing advice and guidance on academic planning , support in negotiating necessary flexibility to meet academic requirements, and advocacy within the university environment.

With the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney set to lose a total of $6.3 million a year in sports fees if the VSU legislation is passed, the winners of the past six Australian University Games titles have reappraised their ability to contribute to the network.

Complete article at Uni News

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Change of Date for Gold Coast 24hr and 48hr races

From the race director:

Unfortunately we are faced with a date change for the GC24-48 from Friday 19 August to Friday 12 August 2005.

This has come about because the date of the Noosa half was changed back to Sunday 21st August which means that the timing equipment would not be available that weekend.

I don't think that we want to go back to manual lapscoring, so I've rebooked the venue and the timing equipment for the 48 hours commencing 0900 on Friday 12 August.

If you know of anyone else who intends competing, would you please let them know.

The forthcoming Ultramag will show the revised date, as will the website www.goldcoast24-48t.com. The CoolRunning QLD and Ultra calendars have already been updated.

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Lee Troop happy to be fit

Olympian Lee Troop is relieved to be fit enough to run with the flaming World Harmony torch at Queenscliff today. The torch is in the Geelong region for two days as part of its 40,000km relay through 70 countries around the world. ( see www.worldharmonyrun.org for more details).

Troop, 32, has just passed his first serious test since serious injury. He had his first two-hour run in three months on Sunday and came through unscathed. He had been sidelined with a stress fracture of a bone in his lower back.

The Geelong marathon runner will speak to children at Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff today about world harmony encompassing the Olympic movement.

The World Harmony Run which seeks to bridge cultural and social barriers began in Ireland in March and will end in Hungary in late October.

Troop had been troubled with ischium bone soreness throughout summer and broke down during the Biwa marathon in Japan. He was on crutches at first and had six weeks rest to allow the bone to heel.

"For the last six or seven weeks I've been building up steadily. I started off doing a bit of walking and then a bit of jogging," Troop said. "It's been a slow, tedious process to strengthen the bone again."

Complete article at Geelong Info

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Freeman tells administrators to lift their game

Cathy Freeman has joined the chorus of former track stars to criticise the state of athletics in Australia.

Freeman said the question marks that have hovered over the sport and its domestic administration in recent years were justified.

"So there should be (question marks)," she said. "I expect that track and field are going to have to lift their game."

The comments followed criticism of the sport in recent years from high- profile athletics names like Raelene Boyle, Robert de Castella and Lauren Hewitt.

Freeman said her comments were directed to those "on a management level". "Obviously I'm going to be highly critical, as we all should be in our own little way," she said. "I know that within Athletics Australia we're looking for change, which is a wonderful step in the right direction."

Freeman is an ambassador for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, and said she would be available to help Australian athletes in any way possible, particularly with handling pressure.

But with 287 days until the games begin, she said there was little chance that Australia's athletics teams would have anywhere near the success of many other sports.

"I don't think it will be as high as what other sports will be, particularly the likes of swimming for example," she said.

Complete article at The Age

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