Solomon confident ahead of 4x400m relay
9 August 2012
A confident Steve Solomon says he will use the break-out success of his individual Olympic campaign to drive forward Australia's underdog 4x400m relay team.
Solomon's new status as the first Australian to make the men's 400m final since the 1988 Seoul Olympics will give them a boost as they attempt to qualify for a third straight Olympic men's 4x400m final.
The Sydney teenager ran two personal bests in as many days before finishing eighth and last in the final in a still impressive time of 45.14 seconds.
London is where he cracked the 45-second barrier for the first time during the heats.
"I've certainly learnt a lot from my individual runs here and hopefully I can take that on to the relay," Solomon said.
"It gives me great confidence going on to future championships."
The 19-year-old insists there are no problems with team dynamics, despite teammate John Steffensen's earlier public bitterness at being overlooked as Australia's lone individual 400m runner.
Solomon has more than proved his worth in that role, but said Steffensen was allowed the right to speak his mind.
"Personally I wouldn't have gone the same path John did, but the past is in the past," he said.
"We should build that team chemistry and come together as one and I think we've got a really, really good shot at doing some special things."
Solomon will run the lead-off leg for Australia, with Steffensen - the only survivor of the team which won silver in Athens eight years ago - to do the anchor leg.
Ben Offereins and Brendan Cole got the nod ahead of Tristan Thomas and Joel Milburn for the other two spots in the team for Thursday's heats.
Also in action on a quiet day for Australia on August 9 will be Kathryn Mitchell in the women's javelin final.
She's eyeing off a personal best to put her in the top eight.