Aussies in Osaka etc

Friday May 7, 2010


Following the release of official start lists for tomorrow’s IAAF Osaka Grand Prix, please see below a revised list of Australian athletes who will be competing at this meet.

Athlete updates will be circulated weekly in the lead-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in October. Athletes listed in italics have secured nomination for selection to the Australian Flame team bound for Delhi.

May 8: IAAF Osaka Grand Prix – Osaka, JPN
100m: Melissa Breen (19, ACT)
800m: James Gurr (26, NSW)
1500m: James Kaan (19, NSW)
5000m: Eloise Wellings (27, NSW)
400m hurdles (F): Lauren Boden (21, ACT)
400m hurdles (M): Brendan Cole (28, ACT)
Pole vault: Amanda Bisk (24, WA), Alana Boyd (26, WA)
Long jump: Chris Noffke (22, Qld)
Discus throw: Dani Samuels (21, NSW)
4x400m relay: James Gurr, Matt Lynch (24, NSW), Joel Milburn (24, NSW), Ben Offereins (24, WA), Brendan Cole (reserve)

May 14: IAAF Diamond League – Doha, QAT
Discus throw: Dani Samuels

May 15-16: IAAF World Race Walking Cup – Chihuahua, MEX
Senior men – 20km: Ian Rayson (22, NSW)
Adam Rutter (23, NSW)
Senior men – 50km: Luke Adams (33, NSW)
Tom Barnes (27, Vic)
Chris Erickson (28, Vic)
Jared Tallent (25, Vic)
Senior women – 20km: Jillian Hosking (22, ACT)
Jessica Rothwell (20, Vic)
Claire Tallent (28, SA)
Cheryl Webb (33, NSW)
Junior men – 10km: Dane Bird-Smith (17, Qld)
Rhydian Cowley (19, Vic)
Sean Fitzsimons (18, WA)
Junior women – 10km: Beth Alexander (17, Vic)
Regan Lamble (18, Vic)
Rachel Tallent (17, Vic)

May 19: Daegu Meeting – Daegu, KOR
200m: Jody Henry (25, WA)
800m: Katherine Katsanevakis (21, Vic), Madeleine Pape (26, Vic)
1500m: Bridey Delaney (20, NSW), Kaila McKnight (24, Vic)
3000m steeplechase: Richard Everest (20, SA)
Pole vault: Alana Boyd (25, WA)

May 23: IAAF Diamond League – Shanghai, CHN
400m: Ben Offereins
1500m: Jeremy Roff
Pole vault: Steve Hooker (27, WA)
Long jump: Fabrice Lapierre (26, NSW), Mitchell Watt(22, Qld)

Campbell-Brown, Cantwell, and Samuels triumph in Osaka -

Osaka, Japan - As expected, double Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM), World Shot Put champion Christian Cantwell (USA) and World Discus Throw gold medallist Dani Samuels (AUS) won at the Osaka Grand Prix – IAAF World Challenge - which was held on Saturday 8 May in Nagai stadium, the venue of 2007 World Championships.

Campbell-Brown focusing on 100m best

Campbell-Brown easily won the featured event, the women’s 100m. Although the Japanese national record holder, Chisato Fukushima had the better start and stayed with Campbell-Brown in the first half of the race, the Jamaican pulled away convincingly in the second half to win with 11.02, ahead of Fukushima, who finished with 11.27, 0.06 second short of her national record.

“It is always good to win. I am happy to be back to Osaka (where she won the 100m in 2007 Worlds). Today, I did not execute everything well, but this is my first 100m of the season. My goal for the season is to set a personal best at 100m,” said Campbell-Brown.

Fukushima, double national record holder, said, “There aren’t too many opportunities to run with someone of the calibre of Campbell-Brown. If I could have stayed with her a little longer, I could have run a much faster time. But it was nice to see that I started faster than her. My goal for the season is to win the Asian Games.”

Cantwell - not happy

Cantwell convincingly won the Shot Put with a 21.34m heave, more than 1.5m ahead of second placed Zhang Jun of China, but 27cm short of John Godina’s meet record.

“I am not happy about my performance today even though there was good weather and a good crowd. I promise I will perform better next time,” said Cantwell after the competition.

Meet record for Samuels

[b]Dani Samuel came from behind in the 6th round to win the women’s Discus Throw with a 63.75m release, thus breaking the meet record. It was also the second longest throw of her season. The showdown between the World champion and Olympic champion never materialized, as the latter, USA’s Stephanie Brown-Trafton was fourth with 56.65m.

“I am happy to win this competition with the last throw of 63.75m. However, I did throw poor at the beginning and had two fouls in the competition,” said Samuels.[/b]

Other events:

Stuart Farquhar of New Zealand won the men’s Javelin Throw with 82.41m, more than a metre ahead of Ilya Korotkov, who threw 81.16m. The World Championships bronze medalist Yukifumi Murakami was a disappointing fifth with 77.66m.

Dilshod Nazarov won the Hammer Throw competition which is part of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge with his sixth throw of 78.84m, while Yuri Shayuhau was second with 77.95m. Japan’s hero Koji Murofushi threw 77.86m in his sixth throw, but it was only good for third.

“I feel excited because this is my first competition in a while. Some of them were technically good throws. I think 77m throw at this stage of the season is quite good,” said Murofushi.

Virginia Powell-Crawford won the women’s 100m Hurdles with 12.76sec into the wind, 0.12 second ahead of Teteana Dektyareva, who recorded 12.88. Perdita Felicien, who was second on this track in 2007, was third with 13.03, while the young and upcoming Japanese hurdler Asuka Terada was fourth in 13.13.

“So far this season, I have no luck with the wind (in my races), but it was good to run faster than I did in Oda. I want to crack 13 seconds this season,” said 20-years-old Terada.

The men’s high hurdles was won by China’s Shi Dongpeng with a 13.42 sec run, also into the wind, which brought him home 0.03 seconds ahead of Jeff Porter. It was the first outdoors hurdle race of the season for Shi and a season’s best for Porter. Third place Tasuku Tanonaka also recorded a season’s best of 13.73.

The new false start rule, saw two athletes disqualified in the meeting. Derrick Williams false started in men’s 400m Hurdles, an event won by Mahau Sugimachi with 49.19sec. Sugimachi, who represented Brazil in Olympics and World Championships, ran with 12 steps between the hurdles in the first half of the race. Emmanuel Callender was the other athlete disqualified, this time in the men’s 200m. The race was won by Michael Rodgers with 20.55. He came into the homestraight in first place and was never threatened. Jared Connaughton of Canada was second (20.61) and Shinji Takahira, the best Japanese, was third with 20.78.

“Because I recorded a personal best last year in this race, I was hoping to record another one this year. I don’t want to make excuses, but because of an injury, I am bit behind on training,” said Tahahira.

Women’s Pole Vault came down to a jump-off between Melinda Owen and Jilian Schwartz. Both cleared 4.20m and 4.30m in their first attempt, before clearing 4.40m on their second attempt. Because both passed 4.45m and then missed thrice at 4.50m, a jump-off was needed. Owen cleared her overall personal best (recorded indoor) tying 4.45m to win the competition. It was also meet record tying performance.

Jamaica’s Michael Frater won the 100m in 10.24 sec, 0.1 second ahead of Travis Padgett. The race to determine the fastest Japanese was won by Naoki Tsukahara with 10.36, 0.02 seconds ahead of Masashi Eriguchi, defending national champion. Their rivalry will resume at the national championships in a month.

Ken Nakamura for the IAAF
With assistance from Akihiro Onishi in Osaka

Weather: temperature: 24C; humidity 49%; wind EastNorthEast 1.3m/s



100m 0.0m/s
Michael Frater (JAM) 10.24
Travis Padgett (USA) 10.34
Naoki Tsukahara (JPN) 10.36
Masashi Eriguchi (JPN) 10.38

200m 0.0m/s
Michael Rodgers (USA) 20.55
Jared Connaughton (CAN) 20.61
Shinji Tahahira (JPN) 20.78

Masato Yokota (JPN) 1:47.23
James Gurr (AUS) 1:48.65

Caleb Ndiku Mwangang (KEN) 3:39.33
James Kaan (AUS) 3:40.80
Yuichiro Ueno (JPN) 3:40.83

110mH -0.4m/s
Shi Dongpeng (CHN) 13.42
Jeff Porter (USA) 13.45
Tasuku Tanonaka (JPN) 13.73
Moses Yume (JPN) 13.78
Masato Naito (JPN) 13.79

Mahau Sugimachi 49.19
Stanislav Melnikov (UKR) 49.34
Takayuki Koike (JPN) 49.42

Su Xiongfeng (CHN) 8.11m (0.1m/s) PR
Chris Neffke (AUS) 7.92m (0.3m/s)
Brian Johnson (USA) 7.84m (0.0m/s)

Christian Cantwell (USA) 21.34
Zhang Jun (CHN) 19.81m
Dan Taylor (USA) 18.99

Dilshod Nazarov (TJK) 78.84m
Yuri Shayunou (BLR) 77.95m
Koji Murofushi (JPN) 77.86m

Stuart Farquhar (NZL) 82.41m
Ilya Korotkov (RUS) 81.16m
Karlis Alainis (LAT) 79.32m
Roman Avramenko (UKR) 79.01m
Yukifumi Murakami (JPN) 77.66m

JPN 3:04.49
AUS 3:09.28


100m -0.1m/s
Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) 11.02
Chisato Fukushima (JPN) 11.27
Melissa Breen (AUS) 11.47

Joanne Cuddihy (IRL) 52.15
Clora Williams (JAM) 52.93
Chen Jingwen (CHN) 53.69

Ann Karindi (KEN) 15:15.19
Eloise Wellings (AUS) 15:16.87
Kayoko Fukushi (JPN)15:17.86
Obare Doricah (KEN) 15:26.07
Yuriko Kobayashi (JPN) 15:31.72

100mH -0.2m/s
Virginia Powell-Crawford (USA) 12.76
Teteana Dektyareva (RUS) 12.88
Perdita Felicien (CAN) 13.03
Asuka Terada (JPN) 13.13

Lauren Boden (AUS) 55.25
Nicole Leach (USA) 55.52
Miyabi Tago (JPN) 55.99 PR

Melinda Owen (USA) 4.45m
Jillian Schwartz (ISR) 4.40m
Alana Boyd (AUS) 4.40m
Amanda Bisk (AUS) 4.30m

Dani Samuels (AUS) 63.75m
Becky Breisch (USA) 62.40m
Zinaida Sendriute (LTU) 58.22m
Stephanie Brown Trafton (USA) 56.65

What happened in the mens 4x400m? 3.09 isn’t too impressive (please tell me they dropped the baton). But, in a spiteful manner, I am sure Aust athletics is doing their best to support, encourage, develop, teach, and make this section of our athletic community successful.:wink:

Ben Offereins 46.26 led, to Joel Milburn low 45, to Matt Lynch (first 4x4 of his life, I think?) fell after 50m when still accelerating, got up and finished in 51, James Gurr 46-flat or a little faster - 90mins after placing second in the 800m.

Lynch says the Japanese guy tried to overtake him on the inside of the lane, (may thenhave stepped on the infield) before cutting back to try to overtake on the outside and appears to have taken Lynch’s legs out with a ankle tap from behind. Video of the incident is inconclusive. Does not appear to show contact and it is possible Lynch anticipated trouble and mis-strided to try to avoid being ankle tapped, resulting in the fall. Either way, he now has a lump on one knee “the size of a tennis ball” according to tour organiser Brian Roe. Whatever the circumstances, Lynch should be given some encouragement for at least getting up and completing the lap. Roe added: “Matt at least made a hero of James Gurr” (on the anchor). By the way, this tour has nothing whatsoever to do with Athletics Australia. Perhaps it should have, but it is an independently arranged promotional tour.

given Lynch’s inexperience why not start with him? :confused: the changeover - 100m is always a mess.

As KK says the footage (if it is the same as this one) is inconclusive.

Running the 3rd leg, both the Japanese athlete and Matt Lynch take the baton simultaneously with Lynch on the line (dividing lanes 1 & 2) but not impeding the Japanese guy who is tight up against the rail.

The Japanese 3rd leg athlete runs a bit rough and actually clips the inside rail shortly after taking off and stumbles for a couple of strides.

Lynch appears to hold his line for the first 25m - on the line dividing lanes 1 & 2.

About 30m around the bend the Japanese guy appears to try for an inside run but Lynch closes it off by veering slightly to the middle of the lane which is fair enough given he was leading at that stage. Lynch remains in the middle of the lane while the Japanese athlete veers from the rail to the outside of Lynch in what appears to be a move to go around the outside. Hard to see what made Lynch fall as the film isn’t close enough to the action. But given his version that he felt some contact, it’s reasonable to assume the Japanese athlete may have accidentally clipped Lynch’s foot as he moved to towards the outside of him.

Certainly appears to be an accident and just bad luck.

Starting with Offereins and Milburn was sound logic (at the time) as based on PB’s they should have had the Aussies in front and Lynch should have had a reasonable buffer. But the first two Japanese runners ran very well and made it tough for the Aussies.

With the benefit of hindsight, given Offereins experience at running down athletes in relays as he did in Berlin, he probably should have swapped places with Lynch.

The fall obviously knocked Lynch around a bit and good on him for getting back in the race. Gurr ran well to get the Aussies back into 2nd spot.

As KK said this is something Brian Roe organises on behalf of the Japanese Athletic Association and has little to do with AA.

The tour may of had nothing to do with AA but Brian has been AA’s Competition manager for as long as I can remember.

THANKS for posting the link Youngy. I cringe every time I see how damn hard Matt Lynch hits the deck. He’s using a walking stick to get around at the moment.