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Westerners fire in Sandown classicWestern Athletics fired up the track last weekend at the Sandown Classic, making the most of near-perfect conditions for the third run of the Athletics Victoria Winter Series.
The powerhouse men’s division four team of Adam Clark, Adrian Jeffkins, David Tranter, Cameron Macaulay, Darren Casha and Bradley Hoare claimed fourth spot in their 10km run, with Adam Clark delivering an outstanding performance and covering the leg in 36.16 minutes.
In individual events, Narelle Bardsley was a force to be reckoned with in the division two women’s 10km road race, covering the course in 37.38 minutes – the second fastest time for the club.
The 29-year-old fitness instructor ran an inspirational race, placing 17th in a field of 138 women and smashing her former personal best by 40 seconds.
Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Gatt ran an equally satisfying race in the under 18 women’s 5km event.
Despite feeling under the weather, Gatt made a bid at the top three and narrowly missed out on a medal placing, coming fourth in 19.06 minutes.
Melissa Casha proved herself to be one to look out for in her 5km run for the under 16 girls, where she placed fifth in 19.37 minutes.
The weekend also brought belated congratulations to Gatt and team-mates Aimee Lane and Alice Sweeting.
The trio was left to savour the taste of success after learning of their team’s win in the women’s under 18 relay team for the Herald Sun/City Link Run for the Kids held in April at the Docklands.
The results were posted on the Athletics Victoria website five weeks after the race after queries were raised about the validity of the fun run’s timing system.
Complete article at the Hoppers Crossing Star
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Lee Troop runs 1:11:14 at Great Ocean Road Half (23km)A tomato farmer from Nairobi powered home to take out the half-marathon event at the Great Ocean Road running carnival yesterday. Julius Kimtai finished in 1hr 11mins 5secs, nine seconds ahead of Geelong's Lee Troop.
Belmont runner Rowan Walker finished third in 1hr 11mins 58 secs.
Commonwealth Games supermum Kerryn McCann breezed home to win the women's half-marathon in 1hr 24mins 13 secs, five minutes ahead of Karen Natoli in second place.
Kimtai and Troop duelled it out for 16 kilometres before Kimtai surged ahead and maintained a 150-metre lead to the finish.
A smiling Kimtai said he enjoyed the tough course despite the cold conditions. The Kenyan was in fine form for the two-day event, winning the 6.5km climb to Mariner's Lookout on Saturday.
``It was very tough, hilly and windy,'' Kimtai said yesterday. ``With seven kilometres to go I decided to break away. Troop was tough to beat. I am very happy.''
Troop had a strong run despite suffering a virus earlier in the week.
``I have to be happy with the result. I was really sick last week and it is difficult to run a race like that and not be 100 per cent,'' Troop said. ``This was the hit-out that I needed. I felt strong but not fantastic.''
McCann said the race would inspire her to regain the fitness she had before the Commonwealth Games.
``I am not as fit as I was before Melbourne,'' McCann said. ``It was really tough running into a head wind the whole way.''
She said she was not aiming to compete in the New York Marathon in November. Natoli, from Collingwood, said she was overwhelmed to run second behind her sporting hero. She said McCann's gold-medal run at the Manchester Games inspired her to start running four years ago.
``She is the reason I took up running,'' Natoli said. ``It was the nicest run - there was sun and rain and two rainbows along the way.''
Complete article at Geelong Info
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Biggest Olympics team set for Beijing OlympicsAustralia's largest Olympic team is expected to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The Australian Olympic Committee said an estimated 496 athletes would attend. The record of 482 athletes sent to an "away" Games was set in Athens in 2004.
Open-water swimming events will create four extra places, with Australia expected to have two men and two women contesting the 10-kilometre event.
The synchronised swimming team will get two more athletes for a total of nine and the wrestling team will be boosted to seven.
AOC president John Coates said the committee had allocated almost $18 million to prepare the Beijing Olympic team.
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Ryan Gregson celebrates double victoryIllawarra Sports High School runner Ryan Gregson is celebrating a rare double – victory in two of the nation's top cross country titles.
The year 11 student showed talent beyond his years to win the NSW Road Championships 5km under-18 event (by 20 seconds), then the under-20 crown at the recent Telstra Australia Mountain Running Championships.
Gregson made an impressive senior debut, running the 8.3km Mt Tennent course, which has an 850m elevation, in 44.53mins.
I didn't expect to do as well (at Mt Tennent) because this was my first mountain race and I didn't know how hard the course was going to be, Gregson told Report Card.
I was up against some very strong competitors, so I thought the gold was probably out of reach.
The teenage distance star, who yearns to follow in the footsteps of his hero Craig Mottram to the top of world athletics, outclassed his opposition by surging on the steep climbs throughout the race.
The win ensures Gregson a place at the World Mountain Championships to be held in Bursa, Turkey in September.
"I'm unsure whether I will go to the World Champs as Athletics Australia does not issue any funding (for this event), " he said. "It would be a fantastic experience for me to attend if I was able to. My plans for the future are to represent Australia at the Olympic Games and be competitive with the very best. At the moment, I'm coping fine with fitting everything in with school, because I have learnt to be very organised and use my time wisely."
Complete article at The Daily Telegraph
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Kerryn McCann's sister top tip for SMH HalfAfter a lifetime spent running in the shadow of her elder sister Kerryn McCann, Jenny Gillard has a chance to emulate the champion athlete's feats in the 15th Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon tomorrow.
While McCann, a four-time winner in the event, will not be racing following her emotional win in the Commonwealth Games marathon, her younger sister is among the top contenders.
It is a strange feeling for Gillard, 35, who clearly remembers as a child "being dragged" by her parents, John and Judy Hindmarsh, to NSW Little Athletics events, because Kerryn was so keen to race.
Gillard, who turned her back on running in her mid-teens, admits she was envious of her sister's success as McCann went on to establish herself as Australia's premier female distance runner.
However, a decade later, Gillard rediscovered her own talent for running, and in doing so began forging a new relationship with Kerryn.
"I was jealous of her when I wasn't running," Gillard said. "When I did get back into running that brought us closer together; Kerryn did a program for me to follow and when I got fitter we'd go for a two-hour run and talk all the way."
Complete article at the SMH
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Alligator kills joggerSunrise, Florida
May 12, 2006 - 8:57AM
A woman whose body was found by construction workers in Florida was apparently killed by an alligator and then dragged into a canal, according to a media report.
The dismembered body of Yovy Suarez Jimenez, 28, of Davie, Florida was found today after she never returned from jogging the previous night.
"It is my professional opinion that the alligator attacked the woman while she was on land," Dr Joshua Perper, Broward County's medical examiner told The Miami Herald. "She died of traumatic injuries sustained by an alligator attack, a mixture of blood loss and shock, and in my opinion died very fast."
Perper ruled out drowning because little water was found in her stomach and lungs, according to a story on The paper's website.
A woman matching Jimenez's description had been seen dangling her feet over the water's edge, but no one saw an attack.
Complete article at The Age
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Gold Coast 100km to offer prizemoneyIan Corneliues, Gold Coast 100km race director, today announced that the Gold Coast 10km0 will be offering prizemoney this year.
The winner of the mens race will receive $1,000 provided the winning time is sub 7hrs 30 and the winner of the womens race will also win $1,000 provided the winning time is sub 9 hours.
There will be a meet the runners function by way of a pasta dinner (user pays) at the Runaway Bay Junior Rugby Club, opposite the Sports Super Centre in Morala Avenue commencing at 6:00 pm on race eve, Saturday 10 June 2006.
This will be followed by a panel discussion at 6:45 pm. He advises that the panel will include three of Australia's greatest 100 km runners, Tim Sloan, Don Wallace and Jonathan Blake.
The first two men and first two women in th erace will gain automatic selection to the team to represent Australia at the World Championships to be held in Korea provided their times are sub 8 and sub 9:30 respectively.
Offical team uniforms will be provided and it is expected that airfares and accommodation will be fully funded this year.
Entries for the Gold Coast 100 are now open, see http://www.goldcoast100.com.
Prizegiving will take place at the race venue at 6:00 pm on the day of the race.
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More on Lee Troop at Gold Coast MarathonThe 2006 Gold Coast Airport Marathon – the Telstra Australian Marathon Championships – received a major boost today with the announcement that Athens Olympian Lee Troop will return to top-level competition at the Sunday 2nd July event.
Renowned as one of this country’s toughest distance runners, Troop has been plagued by a string of injuries that have kept him on the sidelines for the best part of two years.
One of only five Australian runners to run under 2:10 for the marathon – his personal best is a 2:09:49 at Lake Biwa, Japan – Troop says he is looking to again break the ‘magical mark’ and claim his first Australian title.
Under the expert guidance of mentor and coach, Steve Moneghetti, the spectacular Gold Coast course also offers him his first opportunity to set a qualifying mark for the 2007 Osaka World Championships and break Brad Camp’s 1989 Coast race record of 2:10:11.
“It will be great to get back and it’s terrific the Gold Coast Airport Marathon has presented itself at a time when my body is 100% healthy and I’m ready to go,” Troop said.
“In Sydney 2000 I tore the rectus adominus muscle in my stomach, which lead to a twisted pelvis sacrum.
“Without really appreciating the severity of the injury, I chose relief treatments rather than getting it properly diagnosed and repaired.
“I had a two centimetre leg to leg difference which understandably brought on a number of lower leg injuries that have plagued me on and off over the last six years.
“Six months ago I set my mind on a full recovery and did everything properly - although it’s been a long and tough past half year.
“In hindsight though, missing the Melbourne Commonwealth Games was probably a blessing in disguise because it has allowed me to embark on a proper comeback for the first time,” he said.
Athletics Australia CEO Danny Corcoran said the Telstra Australian Marathon Championships continue to grow in stature and welcomed Troop’s commitment to the event.
“Lee is one of Australia’s great marathoners and his choice to make his comeback on the Gold Coast as part of the Telstra Championships shows the status of the event, and the quality of the course.
“Queensland Events continued commitment to working with Athletics Australia and Telstra to build a great marathon augurs well for not only the future of the race, but also Queensland’s bid for the 2011 IAAF World Championships,” Mr Corcoran said.
And in a day of announcements at Athletics Australia’s Melbourne offices, it was also revealed that the other four Australian sub 2:10 runners would gather for a special reunion during the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
Troop, Moneghetti, Robert de Castella, Pat Carroll and Derek Clayton will be on the Coast as guests of the Marathon organisers Queensland Events Gold Coast (QEGC).
QEGC General Manager, Cameron Hart, said Troop’s early commitment and the attendance of the running legends bodes well for another massive weekend of marathon activities.
"Lee’s qualification attempt and the winning combination of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and Telstra Australian Marathon Championships are sure to give us a boost as we head towards our goal of eclipsing last year’s record of 12,711 competitors," Mr Hart said.
“Having Troopy put his hand up so early will initiate even greater interest from international and domestic stakeholders,” he said.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon is an award-winning event attracting athletes from every Australian state and territory, the Asia-Pacific region and over 35 countries worldwide.
“The Japanese particularly are coming back in ever-increasing numbers and that’s wonderful to see,” Mr Hart said.
“They consider our event one of the premier events at which they can combine a fantastic holiday with a world class sporting experience.
“And let’s not forget the Kiwis and runners from the United States, Europe and other parts of Asia who support our Marathon so strongly.
"There’s no doubt at all the Gold Coast Airport Marathon continues to prove its value as a drawcard for the highly lucrative sports tourism market.
"And it was a great thrill to recently announce our naming-rights sponsor - Gold Coast Airport - has lined up for another three years.
“They have been a tremendous supporter over the past three years and we look forward to building upon our already rock solid relationship,” he said.
Gold Coast City Mayor, distance running legend Ron Clarke, said the city was once again right behind the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
"It's an iconic event, not just for the Gold Coast, but for the whole of Australia.
"The vision and excitement this event generates across the nation is absolutely astounding and it has the full support of the Gold Coast City Council," he said.
Aside from the feature event - the 42km Gold Coast Airport Marathon - key events also include the Asics Half Marathon, Telstra Country Wide 10 Kilometre Run, Gold Coast Bulletin 7.5 Kilometre Walk and the Norco Pauls Junior Dashes.
Online entries and entry forms for the 2006 event are now available.
For more information call Queensland Events Gold Coast on 07 5564 8733 or race to www.goldcoastmarathon.com.au.
Communications and Sponsorship Manager
Queensland Events Gold Coast
+61 7 5564 8733
0419 393 608
+61 7 5591 2556
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Lee Troop to run Gold Coast MarathonThe 2006 Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on July 2 and once again incorporate the Telstra Australian Marathon Championships. The 2006 event will be headlined by the return to competition of Lee Troop.
One of only five Australians to run under 2:10 for the marathon, Troopy is looking to again break this magical mark, to take his first Australian title.
The Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be the first opportunity for Lee to set a qualifying mark for the 2007 Osaka World Championships.
Details of a very special reunion event will also be announced at the press conference.
The following media opportunity will be available on May 10:
WHEN: Wednesday 10th May 2006 @ 12.30pm
WHERE: Board Room @ Athletics Australia, Level 1, Fawkner Towers, 431 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004
WHAT: Photo and interview opportunity with Lee Troop and his coach Steve Moneghetti
FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT:
Luke Bould on 03 9869 5010
Wayne Hickson on 0407 028 917
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Jamieson Runs 1500m Personal BestSarah Jamieson has continued the strong form that saw her just miss 1500m gold in Melbourne, winning the Osaka event with a personal best and the second fastest 1500m ever by an Australian woman.
Wins by Jamieson in the 1500m and Paul Burgess in the Pole Vault highlighted a strong weekend for Australian competitors at both the World Athletics Tour in Osaka, Japan and the Lilac Bloomsday 12km race in Spokane, Washington.
Commonwealth silver medallist Jamieson comfortably won the 1500m by more than 4 seconds in a personal best time of 4:03.51. The time was the second fastest ever by an Australian woman and a full three seconds faster than her Melbourne time. Jamieson bettered her previous personal best of 4:04.73 set in 2004 and now trails only Margaret Crowley, on the Australian all time list, who ran 4:01.34 in 1996 in Oslo. Erica Sigmont finished fourth in the same race in a time of 4:16.11.
Across the globe, Benita Johnson has finished third in the Lilac Bloomsday 12km race, whilst fellow Australian Shane Nankervis came in 15th. Commonwealth 5000m champion Kenya's Isabella Ochichi won the race in a time of 38:38, with Johnson finishing in 39:04.
Finally, Collis Birmingham became Australia's latest sub 4 minute miler when he ran 3.59.84 to place 5th in the Bannister mile in Portland, Oregon last Thursday, May 4. The race was won in 3.57.35 by Commonwealth 800m champion Alex Kipchirchir, also from Kenya.
Complete article at Athletics Australia
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Return to attempt record not ruled outNAIL Can Hill winner Jeremey Horne hasn’t ruled out returning to the race to equal the record of Olympian Pat Scammell.
Horne, 31, won the race for the fifth time in six years yesterday, taking outright second place on the list of multiple winners of the race.
Scammell won the race six times from 1985 to 1996 in between his international athletics career.
“I’d like to win it six times, but it just depends how things are going next year,” he said.
“It’s a busy time for racing and I’m usually running a marathon around this time, so I will just have to wait and see.
Complete article at the Border Mail
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King and Queen reign at the hillBY ROB HARRIS
NAIL Can Hill’s dynamic duo Jeremey Horne and Julie Gollan-Foard have affirmed their status as the king and queen of the gruelling event by adding to their already impressive records yesterday.
Horne won the event for the fifth time in six years, in an impressive 38.45 minutes, while Gollan-Foard was the first woman across the line for an eighth time, finishing in 46.51.
Gollan-Foard, 35, can now lay claim to being the greatest runner, male or female, in the race’s history.
“I’m pretty happy about this one because you never take them for granted,” she said after the race.
“It’s a pretty special race for me because I started running it when I was about 12, but it comes at the end of a pretty heavy triathlon season and you never really know just how you are going to pull up.”
While heavy rain threatened to disrupt the race, the conditions weren’t a major detraction, with 1047 starting the race (down on the 1200 last year) and 837 finishing.
Complete article at the Border Mail
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No. 42 was a Clayton's home indeedBy Geoff McClure
May 8, 2006
FORMER Australian marathon star Derek Clayton was such a dominant runner of his time that one of the two world records he held stood for 12 years. Clayton though was not born in this country, but in a town in Cumbria, England, called Barrow-in-Furness, a point that we're reminded of today as we recount a tale involving the ex-champ's recent trip back to the old country, his first since he left it as an eight-year-old, when he took his wife Jenny, daughter Andrea and son Dean on a world trip and drove to northern England to show them where he grew up. And not only did he discover that parts of Barrow were so unchanged half a century later but as soon as he came across Abbey Road, a street that he remembered well, he quickly headed for nearby Victoria Avenue and soon the group was outside No. 42, the Claytons' street number, the ex-runner instantly recognising the building and even the big brick front fence he and his mates used to climb after school. "Come on, let's ask the owners if I can show you inside," said an enthusiastic Clayton to his family and upon knocking on the front door the owner invited them in.
Complete article at The Age
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