Crawford 10.16 World Leader in Austrailia

Name Year Team Finals Wind Points

1 Shawn Crawford USA 10.16 WCA 1.0
2 Joshua Ross NSWIS 10.17 WCA 1.0
3 Patrick Johnson AIS 10.31 1.0
4 Adam Miller AIS 10.43 1.0
5 Steven Tucker WA 10.49 1.0
6 Isaac Ntiamoah NSW 10.54 1.0
7 Chris Donaldson NZL 10.54 1.0
8 Brandon Galic ACTAS 10.64 1.0

Name Year Team Finals Points

1 John Steffensen WAIS 45.07MWCA
2 LaShawn Merrett USA 45.78 WCB
3 Sean Wroe VIS 45.81 WCB
4 Kurt Mulcahy NSW 46.32
5 Jarret Titcombe NSW 46.56
6 Joel Milburn NSW 47.22
7 Hayden Martin WA 47.78
– Cory Innes NZL DQ IAAF 163.3

I didnt know that they had already started outdoors. Do you think Shawn will break 10.00 this year, because he last year he didnt do so well.

It is summer in Australia.

Steffensen upsets Merritt in Sydney A-series opener
Saturday 17 February 2007

Sydney, Australia - Boisterous Australian John Steffensen was unusually reserved after breaking heavy training to clock 45.07sec and humble visiting American LaShawn Merritt over 400m at the Sydney A-Series meet at Olympic Park.

Merritt, 20, who was third fastest in the world last year with his best of 44.14, only briefly challenged Steffensen at the top of the home straight before yielding to finish second in 45.81 on a warm and humid evening.

Steffensen celebrates with a post-race workout!

Steffensen then headed off to the nearby warm-up track to run a stomach-churning set of 10 x 200m off short recoveries, :eek: all part of the buildup to Osaka where he will celebrate his 25th birthday a day before the World Championship 400m final on August 31.

“My birthday is the 30th - and I get my present the next day,” quipped Steffensen, a finalist at the 2005 World Championships.

"I’m still training hard. We trained very hard this week. By Japan you have to be running 43.7 to win. So you still have to be able to train hard and be good enough to drop a time like this (45.07). The plan is to win in Osaka in late August.

"If you want to be taken seriously you have to be capable of running times like this when you’re in training, but every time I talk like this people interpret it as arrogance rather than confidence.

"I have a great coach (John Smith, coach of Olympic 400m champions Steve Lewis, Quincy Watts and Marie Jose-Perec) and I’m trying to do my best.

"There’s no way I can go to Osaka and not come away without a medal. What colour we have to wait and see.

“Craig (Mottram) is doing a great job in the distance running. We have to find someone to step up in the sprints - like Cathy (Freeman, Sydney Olympic 400m winner) did. I’m doing my best.”

Convincing 3000m victory for Mottram

Mottram, the 5000m bronze medallist at the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, has certainly raised the flag for the Australian distance brigade and he ran well this evening, splitting a 56sec last lap to win the 3000m.

Having just flown back to Sydney following races on the US indoor circuit, Mottram recovered from the journey sufficiently to win in 7:42.00 from talented Tanzanian Dickson Marwa (7:43.01) and promising young Victorian Collis Birmingham (7:46.01).

Andrew Baddeley, the Englishman who unfortunately fell and brought down Mottram in the 1500m at last year’s Melbourne Commonwealth Games, finished fifth (7:54.74) just behind New Zealand’s Jason Woodhouse (7:53.97).

“It was alright. I knew it would be a bit of grind,” Mottram said. “I’ve trained pretty hard since I’ve been back in Australia and it’s just not quite 100 per cent there, but it’s not far away. It’s a pretty good time. I’m having a bit of fun and (yet) not feeling that good.”

While Crawford outleans Ross…

Reigning Olympic 200m champion Shawn Crawford overcame what he thought was a poor start to win the 100m in 10.16 (+1.0m/s) from three-time Australian 100m champion Josh Ross (10.17) with Australian national record-holder (at 9.93sec) Patrick Johnson third in 10.31.

“I’ve been working on my start for so long, but it hasn’t improved yet,” said Crawford who, nevertheless, has clocked 6.55 this year, equal fourth fastest for 60m indoors to date in 2007.

“But my dad always told me, it doesn’t matter how you start … it’s how you finish.”

Ross, 26, backed up for his second World Championship A-qualifying time and a personal best 20.70sec (+0.9m/s) win over 200m, ahead of Daniel Batman (20.81) and New Zealand national champion James Dolphin (20.87).

…Perry edges McLellan

The World Champion over the 100m Hurdles, American Michelle Perry, clocked 12.87 and had to out-lean Australian champion Sally McLellan to claim the win, but the Queenslander’s time of 12.90 was wind-assisted (+2.4m/s) and so for the second time this summer she was denied the national record.

Pam (Kilborn) Ryan’s time of 12.93 has stood for 34 years, but McLellan, 20, looks likely to make it her own before the year is out.

“I think she’s got what it takes. She’s got a lot of tenacity,” Perry said in praise of the Australian.

New Zealand’s Andrea Miller ran well for third in 13.16.

McLellan reinforced her credentials for the sprint hurdles by dominating the 100m in 11.37 (+1.3m/s) ahead of Preya Carey (11.61) and Jamaican Nolle Graham (11.73).

Corrigan’s rise continues, solo 4:05.25 PB

After a couple of 2:01 800m races, Canberra’s Lisa Corrigan returned to her best distance of 1500m and clocked a World Championship A-qualifying time and personal best of 4:05.25 to move to third on the Australian all-time rankings list.

In the absence of Britain’s Becky Lyne, who strained a calf muscle on her final training run around Sydney harbour, Corrigan ran the last 800m alone with Sydney’s Nikki Molan a distant second in 4:19.54 with Ireland’s Aoife Byrne third in 4:20.14.

Algeria-born Youcef Abdi and Martin Dent worked together to make the pace in the 3000m Steeplechase, both rewarded with World Championship A-qualifying times as Abdi (8:22.7) took the win on the final lap from Dent (8:24.2) in a race which was hand-timed.

Noffke upsets Moffitt

Australia’s World Youth champion, Chris Noffke leaped 7.91m (+4.5m/s) to upset American John Moffitt, the Athens Olympic silver medallist, who struggled to find the board in the wildly fluctuating wind. Moffitt jumped 7.71m (+0.5m/s).

West Australian Kym Howe, returning from the Ukraine after breaking her own national record with a leap of 4.72m, notched a fine victory this evening with a clearance of 4.45m to beat Queenslander Alana Boyd (4.35m) and Victorian Rosanna Ditton (4.20m).

Scott Martin fouled four times before winning the discus with a meet record 60.93m on his fifth throw to overcome training partner Ben Harradine’s 60.76m which had been a meet record when he unleashed his best mark in the second round. Tasmanian Graham Hicks was a close third with 60.22m.

Joshua Robinson won the Javelin Throw with a World Championship B-qualifying distance of 80.72m from fellow Queenslander Jarrod Bannister (79.22m).

New Zealand’s Gareth Hyett celebrated a strong win in the 1500m in 3:40.50 from Sydney stayers Brad Woods (3:41.09) and Jeremy Roff (3:41.48).

The Telstra A-Series moves on to Melbourne for the first meet of the IAAF World Athletics Tour on Friday 2 March.

Mike Hurst (Sydney Daily Telegraph) for the IAAF

Crawford will break 10. He must be training much smarter now because these were the times he was running last summer and he isn’t hurt anymore.

Picture of crawford taken I beleive a day before this race, for anybody thats interested.

interesting abdominal distention :cool:

Does anyone know why Cory Innes was DQ in the 400m?

Why is everyone so surprised at this? He runs 200s. He ran 45.0. John Smith is his coach. Maybe you should try it.

Everyone isn’t, just me and perhaps more that it showed what stage he is in his training calendar compared to many others competing there. Certainly the NZers are peaking for the Nationals in 2 weeks whereas he is still putting in some big sessions, especially post race.

Also look at the time he ran in the context of his other performances in the past 12 months

Event Ranking Calculation as at 12 February 2007
Men’s 400m (300m - 500m ind.)

18.02.2006 Melbourne Athletics Australia Invitational 45.44
03.03.2006 Brisbane Telstra A−Series 45.36
20.03.2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games 45.87
21.03.2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games 45.05
22.03.2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games 44.73
28.05.2006 Eugene Prefontaine Classic USA 45.82

It is certainly there or there abouts to those times. Is it the norm to run 10 x 200m with short recoveries post race? :confused:

Cory was dq’ed for a lane infringement.

Shawn Crawford must be training his abs with tons of heavy weights!!!

[QUOTE=John]interesting abdominal distention :cool:


What did you mean by this John? Is this not optimal?


I actually think Crawford broke the first time. They pulled it up, but didn’t award a false start as Adam Millers blocks slipped. It was happening in the early races so they placed a set of blocks behind the set each starter was using. This didn’t solve the trouble, so for the rest of the night they had track assistants stand on the rear of all starters blocks.

The blocks slipping at that track has been an issue for years, and will continue to be an issue. The spikes underneath the blocks are not the correct spikes for that track. And also, on hot days the track becomes softer - the blocks dont grip as well.
Also, the blocks tend to dip in the middle due to people jumping on the middle on them to dig the spikes in (the spikes are on the ends), thus meaning the spikes at the end of the blocks dont dig in as well

I ran the 200. My blocks slipped on my practice and I jarred my knee and over extended my adductors I still ran but my adductors crampped all round the bend and I just pulled up. I was suprised i ran 23s.
It also happened at state to a competitor but they didn’t restart it.
The track is hardening and the spikes in the block aren’t right bad combo.
The problem is no one saw me stack it on my practice cause we were behind advertising it just looked like i had a dog of a run.
I don’t know if I’ll get a run in Melbourne? :frowning:

I was wondering what happened. You seemed to pull the pin with about 60-70m to go.

My blocks also slipped in the 200m (not the serious one), and for a stride thought I might go down, but managed to recover.