Sally was all out, and far from businesslike in any of her races. She goes hard, and the times show it.
Steffensen is progressing as planned. Way too much made of his JOKE in Perth, and his personality is sorely needed as Hooker battles the yips and Sally complains about rolling starts and not breaking 23 in the 200.
Great runs by Tamsyn and Birmingham and Boden!
Overall fun meets to be around, need more venues like these around the States, to get butts in a seats and crowd noise. Looking forward to Melbourne!
Start lists for Melbourne next week are out. The back-straight mob (assuming there still is one at Lakeside...) will enjoy the fields below with PBs (listed) a chance for many:
M 1500m 3-30.46 Asbel Kiprop KEN 3-31.06 Ryan Gregson AUS 3-31.79 Nick Willis NZL 3-32.93 Jeff Riseley AUS 3-34.25 David Torrence USA 3-38.68 Brenton Rowe AUT 3-39.47 Jordy Williamsz AUS 3-39.57 Ryan Foster AUS 3-40.41 Brett Robinson AUS 3-40.50 Paul Robinson IRL 3-41.68 Josh Wright AUS 3-43.81 Mark Blicavs AUS
M 5000m debut Jairus Kipchoge KEN 12-55.76 Craig Mottram AUS 13-10.08 Ben St Lawrence AUS 13-10.97 Collis Birmingham AUS 13-22.38 Jake Robertson NZL 13-24.11 Ben True USA 13-25.34 Nick McCormack GBR 13-25.63 David McNeill AUS 13-25.82 Brandon Bethke USA 13-27.85 Andy Vernon GBR 13-34.58 Harry Summers AUS 13-40.98 Brett Robinson AUS 13-43.32 Liam Adams AUS 13-54.67 Brenton Rowe AUT 13-57.80 Jackson Elliott AUS 14-23.38 Will Leer USA
Vault-emort wrote:So what did people think about last night's 7.30 Report 'expose' of AA selection? Didn't think there was anything much in it myself, although a couple of Hollingsworth's answers made me laugh..
I just watched it now - hardly an exemplar of investigative reporting
Anyway, sometimes I agree with Bideau, sometimes I don't but he is right in saying that you should send as many people as you can. What this does is give hope to those athletes that take some time to mature. A few extra years in the sport can make all the difference and there are plenty of Australian medal winners who were not underage superstars.
This obsessive focus on picking winners from U-18 has destroyed the sport by belittling the "club men", the honest toilers who provided a range of performance standards that demonstrated a path from school athlete to club champion to State champion to National champion to Olympic athlete.
If "that old no talent bastard" can do that, youthful arrogance can see and realise that they can do better. Once they achieve that, they can set their sights on the next level and so on. If you only have school standard athletes and hand picked A qualifiers and nothing in between, you will have a hollowed out excuse for a sport - which we have.
Sure there will occasionally be, as Gary Bourne stated, 4 guys chasing three spots in the LJ but this is not down to AA setting high standards, this is a random peak which will be followed by a trough as has happened in all events over time. If the system was causing this, then it would be happening across the board wouldn't it?
In fact, the substantial contribution he makes is due to the very thing I described above - he has always had a range of athletes in his squad and provided them with excellent coaching generating a conveyor belt carrying them all forward to the limit of their genetic potential.
The question is, if Gary or Gus Puopolo went under the proverbial bus tomorrow, would the AA "system" produce an equivalent number of jumpers and throwers in 5 years? I think not.
I wish the reporter asking Hollingsworth questions was wired up with an ear-piece so that others could have directed his questions a bit...
It might have gone something like this:
A) I've been in the position before - where the phone goes after Australia doesn't do well at championships. Q) Who rings you Eric? What exactly do they say? and Do they ever ring you and ask why we don't have anyone near the qualification standard in <pick an event>?
Q) Why not send a women's four x 100 to the Commonwealth Games? A) Because they didn't qualify. Q) Well there aren't actually any qualification standards for Commonwealth relay teams A) Err well..it's not a development event. The Commonwealth Games is part of the cycle of one of the major championships. You don't use things like the Olympic Games and the World Championship just to develop people. Q) I wasn't talking about Olympics or WC - I said CG. Don't you think it's significant, Eric, that three of our highest profile track gold medallists (Pearson, Freeman, Lewis) in recent years all started their senior international careers as relay runners?
Weather trending from very bad to merely mediocre, thus mirroring Australian sprint stocks...
Friday 2 March Min 16 Max 22 Mostly dry. Chance of any rain: 30% Rainfall amount: 0 to 1 mm Cloudy. Isolated showers about but dry for most of the day. Winds east to southeasterly averaging up to 45 km/h becoming easterly up to 30 km/h later in the evening.
Saturday 3 March Min 16 Max 21 Rain at times. Cloudy. Areas of rain. Winds northeasterly averaging up to 45 km/h.
Saw the 7:30 piece, clearly something unsaid going on. The criticisms were unexplained, the editing weird, and the story unsubstantiated. It was weird to me, if an athlete is good enough they go, so I missed what th gripe was in that piece.
After 5 weeks of summer in Perth and Sydney, Melbourne reminds me of 2000 Games with this winter weather. Cold, windy, wet. Booooooo! Not how I wanted to end this trip.
Smoke wrote:Saw the 7:30 piece, clearly something unsaid going on. The criticisms were unexplained, the editing weird, and the story unsubstantiated. It was weird to me, if an athlete is good enough they go, so I missed what th gripe was in that piece.
After 5 weeks of summer in Perth and Sydney, Melbourne reminds me of 2000 Games with this winter weather. Cold, windy, wet. Booooooo! Not how I wanted to end this trip.
Smoke, you just have to remember that there is nothing between Melbourne and Antarctica, so that wild, cold, polar weather can make its way north without any trouble, even in summer. I'm heading down to Melbourne tomorrow because the weather is better than Canberra (true story!), so I'll buy you a beer if I see you. Just look around the crowd and when you see somebody you just don't like the look of, smack him in the back of the head - that will be me. Guaranteed. Would I lie to you?
Well, while waiting for a cancelled flight that was revived and then cancelled and then revived again only to be finally cancelled, I thought I'd throw out some random thoughts from the Qantas club.
It will be interesting to see the reaction if Steffenson does win in sub-45.30 (third Olympics!) and how many will be claiming they always supported him over the last few years...... The win seems to be on the cards with nobody else showing much of anything this season but the time will be hard given the windy weather.
The new track layout might finally give Pearson a tailwind and a mid-22 200m but could easily be well over the limit. Same for the 100.
Middle distance for men will be interesting to see how Risely can hang with the Kenyans in the 800 and 1500 and to see what level Gregson is at after his recent injury. Women's middle distance can't match that but maybe Tamsyn will be inspired enough to cut 2 seconds off her last time...
The real star of the weekend could be Henry Frayne if the track is dry for his triple jump. With a big LJ PB last week, he could be pushing up into mid-17s and Australian record territory in the TJ.
The throws? Not looking good. Men's sprints and hurdles? The same except for 400m. PV? It's back to the 70's without the Big Ranga. The women should have some interest if the weather doesn't ruin.
Oops, have to run, my 6:40am flight is now leaving at 10:15
BJ was the only real positive surprise out of D1, with the horrendous weather (even though it was better than some expected..). Frayne did well of course, but that was pretty much expected. Shame it sounds like he may drop the TJ at World Indoors - would have been interesting to see him double (and he does have medal chances in both events despite no experience on the boards).
Sprints were a waste of time into those headwinds. Every meet in Australia should be prepared to use the back straight for dashes. Or we need to develop rotating tracks that can be spun around to match Mother Nature's moods..
The fields in some events were embarrassing really. Hard to see Melbourne's 'meet rating' going anywhere but down in 2012.
Looking forward to Men's 800, 5k, LJ, DIS and the 400s tonight and hoping Kerrie Perkins, Zoe Buckman and Jarrod Bannister can perform well. PV could be a test for the girls if rain and wind predictions prove correct. Was hoping Vicki Parnov might get back to PB/OQ form, but she might have to do this back in Perth.
Tim Driesen, had a great night in the hammer with a new PB of 70.76, improving on his earlier season PB of 68.99 at the Briggs Athletics Classic in Hobart and moving him into equal 11th on the Australian all-time list. Not only a PB but his first, second, 4th and 5th throws were also over his previous best.
Series 69.04m 70.76m FOUL 67.70m 69.51m 69.63m
Australians over 70m 79.29 Stuart Rendell 06 Jul 02 77.58 Sean Carlin Adelaide 11 Feb 94 75.90 Peter Farmer 14 Aug 79 74.58 Joe Quigley 10 Mar 87 74.58 Peter Baxevanis 12 Feb 92 73.80 Hans Lotz 25 Apr 83 72.12 Dave Huxley 7 Aug 88 71.56 Aaron Fish 16 Mar 02 71.05 Simon Wardhaugh 18 Sep 10 70.94 Phil Spivey 5 Jul 86 70.76 Paul Carlin 11 Feb 95 70.76 Tim Driesen 2 Mar 12
I spent most of the night on the back straight in the new grandstand watching the TJ. The winds were all over the place and were changing direction as well as speed. I thought the competition was going to be a bust but Frayne built some momentum through the rounds and the crowd built up over time and were rewarded with his heroics in the last couple of rounds. He now moves into third place on the all-time list, just ahead of Ian Campbell.
17.46 +1.7 Ken Lorraway 7 Aug 82 17.32 +1.7 Andrew Murphy 25 Aug 99 17.23 +.06 Henry Frayne 2 Mar 12 17.09 +0.5 Ian Campbell 17 Jan 80 17.02A+2.0 Phil May 17 Oct 68
While a great competition to watch the venue layout caused problems. The concrete concourse between the grandstand was great for people circulating, but it but invited people to stand against the low fence blocking the view of those in the first half dozen rows. They also stood in front of the electronic distance board blocking about half the distances from being seen from my seat - lucky there were 23 fouls to stop it being annoying .
Next time AA, enforce a no stand zone except for a coaches area. Also the new grandstand has no provision for a camera stand for the TV, so the guy was standing next to the pit blocking that little bit extra of the view. I thought this was a world class venue for the 21st century.
I didn't pay much attention to the M HJ except for when the ground announcer said it was "at a very exciting stage"......at a height of 2.15....and then had a sudden loss of interest. Liam Zamel-Paez (PB 2.26) ended up winning with 2.18 in pretty difficult conditions and it might have been exciting for spectators if they could follow what was going on.
A height board continuously viewable from the back straight? Of course not! Why would people want to know shit like that? When put to AA in a possibly imagined segment of the 7:30 report, they responded, "Demanding fucking freaks, why do they keep complaining about trivial shit like being able to follow a competition they paid for when there is a most-excellently-high-performance-managed, possibly-medal-target-achieving sport in front of them. "
The men's PV was also on the back straight and "benefited" from the same winds as the TJers did. While not expecting much in the absence of the Big Ranga ® the non-international standard heights were more encouraging than expected with 20 year Jackson Bews winning in a jump off from 17 year old Brodie Cross(PB 5.05 in 2011).
Both cleared 5.00 in the main competition, so if they can handle difficult conditions they should be able to move up over 5.50 in a few more years. I think Jackson set a PB as I could only find a 4.90 but AA didn't mention a PB in their roundup and you would think that setting a PB in those conditions would be newsworthy but maybe I'm old fashioned, or wrong. (I might do some more checking later)
Third place, and ahead of specialist pole vaulters, was decathlete Stephen Cain with 4.85m, not far off his best of 5.00 set last year in the vaulter's paradise, otherwise known as Perth. Again, well done in difficult conditions.
The men's 110H had a false start and Mitch Tysoe was DQd. The race was well won by the improving Siddhanth Thingalaya of India with daylight second. The only thing is, you see, that Thingalaya didn't really win the race because they disqualified the wrong guy - it should have been John Burstow. How embarrassment
My prediction for the rerun tonight, Thingalaya first, daylight second, low standard performance third.
W TJ - Australia will have an A qualifier at some stage before 2150 but it won't this year. Commenting on a competition without the delightful Emma Knights seems somehow pointless and degrading, so I will say nothing further than to point out a factoid.
Ellen Pettitt, who set her HJ PB of 1.91 way back in 2006 when she was 20 has now turned to TJ. With a biiiig hop, tiny step and awkwardly landed jump, she managed 12.71m +3.0, so maybe she will make some decent distance with better technique.
WJT - Oh dear.
W5000 - At one stage this seemed as though Georgie Clarke had a chance of an A qualifier but the splits drifted and she dropped out with about one k to go after Emily Brichachek moved past her. Brickachek kept going and ended up winning the race in some time that is not available on AA's web server or mentioned in their roundup, so that's all that I have to say about that.
WSP - Kim Mulhall wins with 15.57m which seems to be better than her 2009 PB of 15.17 in AA's all-time list but this wasn't mentioned in their roundup, so maybe I'm wrong, or it just doesn't matter. If it was a PB, then congratulations for doing it in difficult conditions. But then, she is a Melbourne girl, so maybe she didn't notice. Series: 14.57m 15.57m 15.08m FOUL 15.06m 14.82m
Old King Cole might be destroying our atmosphere, but Old Brendan Cole (32 this year) ran a really aggressive race and carried his speed all the way to the line in an A qualifier of 49.39 just behind his 2009 PB of 49.35. This was the performance of the night for me (despite the M TJ) as he ran like there was no headwind in the main straight.
Of note was the performance of injury prone (I think it is official now) Tristan Thomas who came second in a 50.23. If Cole can keep this sort of form and get good conditions in Europe later this year, he should be able to hit the high 48s.
Australians under 49.50 (including Brendan Cole's coach Matt Beckenham) 48.28 Rohan Robinson 31 Jul 96 48.68 Tristan Thomas 9 May 09 48.87 Zid Abou Hamed 20 Feb 99 49.08A Blair Young 18 Mar 00 49.26 Simon Hollingsworth 29 Feb 96 49.32 Bruce Field 29 Jan 74 49.35 Brendan Cole 9 May 09 49.37 Garry Brown 7 Oct 82 49.47 Matt Beckenham 20 Feb 99 49.49 Nick Ward 13 Mar 94
W 800 Tamsyn does her thing but slightly slower. Will she get an A this year? It seems unlikely but you never now. Nothing more to say as I've said it many times before.
M 1500 was an interesting race on paper but far more interesting thing in reality. Its not often you see a world and Olympic champion blow up when racing second tier athletes. Still the reason he had problems today will also be why he he will majestically sweep past his conquerors later in the year. The superficial Australian favourite was Riseley and for most of the race he looked like he would deliver but his only change of gear in the last 150 was from 5th down to 3rd as Australian record holder Ryan Gregson, USAnian Torrence and Kiwi Willis left him in their wake.
In an Unreported Drama after the race, Torrence was apparently repeatedly punched in the kidneys by an unknown assailant who reportedly yelled "I want my @$%ing new pair of shoes and singlet!" during the vicious attack.
The night wisely finished up with the final of the W 100 because when Sally is finished, so is the meet. The time was unspectacular due to the cold and wind but the decisive margin of victory shows just how far she is ahead of the rest.
There's not much more to say except that, if I were in charge of the fashion police, I would make it compulsory for wannabe short shorts wearers to stand just behind the start of the 100m and be assessed against the hard won legs of these 100m ladies before being allowed to purchase said item. There would be a lot fewer sloppy messes to be seen on the streets and risk of my tasty lunch being disgorged.
El Toro wrote:In an Unreported Drama after the race, Torrence was apparently repeatedly punched in the kidneys by an unknown assailant who reportedly yelled "I want my @$%ing new pair of shoes and singlet!" during the vicious attack.
Wasn't me. I have an alibi. I was..err..standing in the concourse wearing my short shorts and blocking someone's view...
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Amazing time, I'm sure her coach will be analysing her race to see how close she is to the 60mh WR. Looking at the lists for this year, barring disaster, she's a lock for the gold. US Champ Castlin is likely to be her main challenger.
In some ways her performance in the flat 60m will be more interesting, if she chooses to run it.