Wroe wants to feel pain, lots of it

How “smart” this is!

Wroe wants to feel pain, lots of it

Dan Silkstone
March 19, 2009

THE 400 metres is a brutal slog during which an athlete becomes intimately acquainted with his pain threshold. So why isn’t it enough to challenge Beijing Olympian Sean Wroe?

This week at the national championships and world championship qualifiers in Brisbane, Melbourne-based Wroe will contest the 400 metres, 200 metres and 100 metres. Nobody has won all three national titles for 100 years, but the Olympic semi-finalist is undeterred.

“I’m in the best form I can possibly be at this period of the season,” he said. “I’m running the fastest times I’ve ever run in Australia over the 400, and run PBs in the 200 and 100. I can’t ask for anything more.”

Wroe will race the 100-metre final just 30 minutes after running in the 400-metre final tomorrow night.

It is a big ask for the 24-year-old, who was celebrating his birthday yesterday.

With a best 100-metre time of 10.50 seconds set earlier this year, the shortest distance will be the hardest of the three races to win.

“I have no idea whether it can be done, but it is going to hurt a bit,” Wroe said.

Why do such a thing?

“I wanted to put my body through enough stress to simulate the world championships in Berlin,” he said.

"Being able to run and run fast under fatigue against the best in the world is important.

“If it was just the 400 metres this week it would have been too easy. I needed to really stress my body.”

The three-day national championships in Brisbane also double as qualifiers for the world championships in Berlin in August, and athletes, including Olympic Games silver medal-winning hurdler Sally McLellan, young discus thrower Dani Samuels and in-form hurdler Tristan Thomas, will be striving to win their events and guarantee selection for Germany.

Wroe’s strong start to the year has made him the man to beat in the 400.

He already has a qualifier under his belt but knows the challenge will be to win his event and guarantee a ticket to Berlin.

It won’t be easy. With emerging star Kurt Mulcahy also a threat, Australia has more depth in the 400 than any other — good news for a potential 4 x 400 relay team.

“The 100 and 200 (relays) are mostly a bit out of our reach and the Americans and Jamaicans dominate, but the 400 metres is an event where you have to show guts and determination … maybe Australians have got a lot of that in them,” he said.

there has been some discussion about 200m soon after 400m and people performing very well (SB and PB) so will be interesting to see how he goes.

this is assuming he makes the 100m final…

"Being able to run and run fast under fatigue against the best in the world is important.

If he really wanted to try running fast under fatigue he should also try to do 20 laps, 500 push ups and 4x12 squats just before the 400m, and the 200m, and then…20km run [to cool down].

Heat 2 Semi-Finals Wind: -0.4
1 David Ambler 89 NZL 10.44Q
2 Oluseyi Smith 87 CAN 10.48Q
3 Bola Lawal 76 VIC 10.51Q
4 Patrick Johnson 72 QAS 10.52q
5 Keith Sheehy 83 SA 10.62
6 Daniel Martin 90 VIC 10.67
7 Jeffrey Thumath 85 NZL 10.75
8 Sean Wroe 85 VIS 10.77
9 Nelson Stone 84 PNG 10.77

That’s that in the 100m for him.

1 Sean Wroe 85 VIS 45.07
2 John Steffensen 84 NSWIS 45.51
3 Kurt Mulcahy 89 AIS 46.33
4 Clay Watkins 87 SA 46.46
5 Joel Milburn 86 NSWIS 46.54
6 Chris Troode 83 AIS 46.60
7 Nelson Stone 84 PNG 46.76
8 Nicholas Boylett 86 QLD 47.00

The 100m races certainly don’t seem to have negatively affected his 400m speed.

Looks like Papua New Guinea’s Nelson Stone was also attempting the treble. He’ll be a hero in the Highlands

1 Joshua Ross 81 VIC 10.34 -0.4
2 Aaron Rouge-Serret 88 VIS 10.36 -0.4
3 David Ambler 89 NZL 10.41 -0.4
4 Matt Davies 85 QLD 10.45 -0.4
5 Patrick Johnson 72 QAS 10.51 -0.4
6 Bola Lawal 76 VIC 10.51 -0.4
7 Oluseyi Smith 87 CAN 10.59 -0.4
8 Jacob Groth 85 NSW 10.61 -0.4

Who would have seen this coming? I certainly didn’t expect JR to win another Australian title this year.