On the road, Scott Westcoot put in another good performance in Japan on Weekend:
Westcott (Aus) 2:12:56 for 4th
He has ran 2:13:36 in 2008 and his PR, 2:11:36 in 2005
And more confirmed visitors to Australia:
Wilan Louis (BAR - 45.91 400m PR)
Nadia Cunningham (Jam - 52.09 400m PR)
Headwinds in Sydney affected sprint times at NSW Championships. Ex-South Australian couple Sheehy and Steinert overshadowed some of the local stars. Patrick Johnson could only manage 5th in the men's 100.
Internationals Clinton Hill (47.30) and Chris Troode (47.23) won their 400m heats, but didn't start in the final.
Thomas is only running the 400m hurdles on Sunday
Mens triple was a great comp. Jones winning on the last jump with a 16.64m (1cm off a B qualifier) to Fraynes 16.42. Jones is now 7-0 against Frayne.
The 800m was a cracker tonight. Joshua Johnson and Brett Robinson battled hard form 300m out. Johnson winning in 1.50.82(?) and Robinson 1.51.20 (memory?). Big PR for Robinson. Both boys are off to World Junior Cross Country. Robinson has a great kick. Maybe the short event is his best?
Tamsyn could star at a national level at probably five or six events including the 400H which she's dabbled in this year at club level, but just never seems to have that change of pace needed when it counts in 800s (WIC notwithstanding). I guess her main goal might be four consecutive Comm Games Golds (albeit at 4x4) which I think would be a record for aths (if not all sports) so maybe dropping back is more sensible than moving up.
She'd just better hope Jana's in form and that a couple of Aussies such as Olivia, Pirrenee or Angeline could take a step up to 52/51 world at least in the next eighteen months.
Good to see Alicia Wrench-Doody set a new PB in Brisbane today. 11.66 is nothing internationally but she's on the improve (PBs not close to 12.2/25.0 before this season) and can't hurt our relay squad. With Attenborough whose 11.72 today was her best for a while due to injury - along with the improving Breen and of course McLellan, the 4x1 has some potential - if they ever get a chance to run together in a qualifying meet, that is. Sydney maybe??
eta Speaking of relays, Clinton Hill ran 46.65 in Sydney plus Aaron Rouge-Serrett 20.93 PB beat Sean Wroe and Tamsyn Lewis 23.86 (-2.1) in Melbourne.
Also on Tamsyn front, she is down to race 400mH at Vics today too...I must say in all the years of watching her race in interclub meets (including as a junior) I can't remember seeing her hurdle, but her 58.6 a couple of week's back suggests she's got some promise...
Tristan Thomas 49.25 (A qualifier)
Kurt Mulcahy 20.89 (second personal best of weekend)
Mel Breen 23.60 (-0.6)
Kim Mickle 59.27 (B qualifier)
Henry Frayne 7.99m (goes to = 2nd all time Junior - misses Crowther's record by 1cm)
John Thornell 7.95w (only just on the board - was an 8.05 jump)
Lauren Bode 57.06
Over the Tasman Sea in NZ, Vili threw a big one over the weekend:
"Valerie Vili overcame the atrocious weather conditions to win the shot put and establish a fresh New Zealand Allcomers and Resident record of 20.25m at the IAAF Permit meeting at Waitakere this evening.This added 5cm to her record set in January 2006 in Christchurch before going on to win the Commonwealth title in Melbourne. Vili also had the satisfaction of beating her arch rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus by over a metre."
"The addition of Powell to the start list, gives even more weight to an already impressive 400m line up which includes American Xavier ‘X-Man’ Carter, Commonwealth Games champion John Steffensen, Olympic semi-finalists Joel Milburn and Sean Wroe, and rising star Kurt Mulcahy. Jamaica’s Sanjay Ayre and Japan’s Yoshihiro Horigome complete the talent-laden field."
That's a pretty decent time from Tamsyn in the 400mH - not too many Brits run faster than her. Has she been doing much hurdle practise?
It's a shame Ostapchuk didn't stick around for the Sydney meet - it seems a bit pointless just flying for 30h to one meet, and then going back home again when she could have picked up some more Grand Prix points. Surely Australia at this time of year has to be better than Minsk?!