Aussie Wroe in shape


Weekend wrap: Wroe lives life in the fast lane on the Gold Coast

Reigning national 400m champion Sean Wroe has proved he can match it with some of Australia’s best sprinters, claiming the sprint double on the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.

Wroe, who will compete in the 400m and 4 x 400m at the world championships in August, was too strong for Australian record holder Patrick Johnson in the 100m, dipping over the line in 10.54 (0.0), ahead of Johnson’s 10.71. Wroe’s time was just four hundredths of a second outside his personal best set in Hobart in January.

The 24-year-old backed up his winning form in the 200m clocking 21.00 (0.2), tantalizingly close to his best of 20.97 set on the same track three weeks ago. Berlin-bound 4 x 100m relay members Matt Davies (21.29) and Johnson (21.49) completed the placings.

Wroe will now head to Europe where he will commence his overseas campaign at the Bislett Games in Oslo on July 3.

Sally McLellan’s busy day on the track concluded with three wins from three starts, the Olympic silver medallist securing victory in the 100m (11.40 +0.0), 200m (23.30 +0.0) and 100m hurdles (12.92).

Twenty-one year old Mitchell Watt once again sailed past eight metres in the long jump, taking out the event in 8.12m (+0.0). Fellow Queenslander and training partner Chris Noffke, placed second with 7.95m.

In other major results, Petrina Price cleared 1.88m in the high jump, Justin Anlezark launched the shot put 19.63m, Alana Boyd sailed 4.20m over the bar in the women’s pole vault and unfortunately Madeleine Pape was well outside the world championships qualifier for the 800m recording 2:02:05 for the two laps.

The action on the Gold Coast continues this afternoon (Sunday).

Adams sixth in La Coruna

Competing in windy conditions against a strong field in La Coruna, Spain overnight, Australian walker Luke Adams has finished in a credible sixth place at the sixth leg of the 2009 IAAF Race Walking Challenge.

Adams, who was still slightly fatigued from his 20 mile race in Canberra two weeks ago, completed the 20km course in 1:21:30.

Chinese walkers placed first (1:19:51), fourth and fifth, with Norwegian Eric Tysse and Mexican Eder Sanchex placing second and third respectively.

Official results and report still to come.