Track and field athletes still hoping to qualify for the London Games have been given more time with the Australian Olympic Committee extending the deadline to July 7.
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 discussions between Athletics Australia President Mr Rob Fildes and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President Mr John Coates, the AOC selection committee has today approved an amendment to the Athletics Australia nomination criteria to extend the qualification period to 9am (AEST) 22 June 2012.
A world lead and meet record of 12.49 (w: +0.7) has ensured a gutsy victory for Sally Pearson (Qld) to open her international campaign in resounding fashion at Round 5 of the Samsung Diamond League in Oslo (NOR) this morning.
Tasmania Tristan Thomas has clocked 49.39 for second in Geneva to etch a first Athletics Australia 400m hurdles qualifier for the Olympic Games next to his name.
Kathryn Mitchell (Vic) added a second javelin Olympic qualifier to her name in as many weeks on Friday night in Ostrava, while Mitchell Watt (Qld) recorded his biggest ever season-opening jump on the Gold Coast.
At the Samsung Diamond League in Shanghai Dani Samuels (NSW) equaled her season’s best of 62.34m to finish third in the women’s discus while in the 1500m Kaila McKnight (Vic) came sixth and set a new personal best time of 4:05.61.