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ATHLETICS: A mixed first session for Australia’s track and field contingent at the London Olympic Games with two of the four athletes progressing out of the heats on Day 7.
ATHLETICS: Australian long jumper Mitchell Watt was gutted with his silver medal at last year's world championships. Gutted not so much with his failure to win, but with the heel injury that prevented him from getting anywhere near his best after dominating the rest of the 2011 season.
ATHLETICS: One big jump in Monte Carlo on Friday night will be enough to confirm for Mitchell Watt that he has enjoyed the perfect Olympic preparation.
Every four years we rediscover sports that defy gravity and athletes with the explosive talents to match. Whether we are talking about the degree of difficulty of Lauren Mitchell’s floor routine or the amount of splash on Matt Mitcham’s entry, Australians love talking sport and the Olympics.
Following the Melbourne Track Classic & Olympic Trials, Athletics Australia has identified a further 17 athletes for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee in June subject to them meeting ongoing form and fitness requirements.
Resurgent Craig Mottram provided the perfect denouement to the Australian Olympic track and field trials, booking his place on a fourth successive Games team.
Five Australians secured Olympic qualifying standards at the Sydney Track Classic. Lauren Boden in the 400m hurdles, Sally Pearson in the 100m hurdles and 200m, Youcef Abdi in the 3000m steeplechase, Henry Frayne in the long jump, and Alana Boyd in the pole vault.
The sun was out on day three of the IAAF world championships and there were some bright results for the Flame, with Lauren Boden setting a season’s best in the 400m hurdles and Benn Harradine qualifying for Tuesday night’s discus final.