FROM THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL FEDERATION WEBSITE
Shirvo Closes On Games 100m Qualifier
4 January 2006 | 4.04pm
Matt Shirvington completed his first 100m race since the lead-up to the 2005 Helsinki World Championships and demonstrated that the he remains a contender for a 100m spot at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Racing in interclub competition at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last night, the five-time national 100m champion ran the 100m twice in a bid to record a Commonwealth Games qualifying time. In the opening race he clocked 10.43sec and followed up 20 minutes later with a wind assisted (+3.5mps) 10.28sec.
The ‘A’ standard for the Games is 10.21 seconds and the ‘B’ standard 10.35. To date only Patrick Johnson as recorded the A standard, with dual national champion Joshua Ross, and Athens Olympians Adam Miller and Adam Basil all dipping under the B standard.
It was Shirvington’s first completed race since returning from his base in London - he lined up in the National Series meeting in Perth last month but was disqualified after two false starts.
After the race, he told the Canberra Times, “I would have liked to have done a legal run, but to be running fast again, or that sort of fast, it’s been a long time.”
“At the moment, all the indicators are there for each section, but I just can’t put it together,” he said.
He plans to return to Canberra next Tuesday to compete in another interclub meeting before the NSW Championships next weekend.
It was a good night for long jumping with Queenslander Jacinta Boyd leaping a personal best 6.64m, easily bettering the A qualifying of 6.55m. Jacinta’s sister Alana has already cleared the A standard in the pole vault – which will please their parents Ray and Denise Boyd who both have Commonwealth Games gold medals on the mantelpiece at home. Ray in the pole vault in 1982 and Denise in the 200m in 1978.
AIS athlete Kerrie Taurima and Lisa Morrison, from Sydney, both jumped over the B qualifying distance of 6.40m, recording jumps of 6.49m and 6.43m respectively.
Promising NSW distance runner Madeleine Heiner proved her move to the steeplechase was a wise one – clocking 9.57 to record an A-qualifier in an event that will make its Games debut in Melbourne.