The 2009 World Championships 4x400m relay bronze medallist usually
reserves his Australian appearances for the 400 metres hurdles but the
opportunity has arisen for him to run the event at which he has arguably
been more successful.
His stunning last leg in the heats of last year’s Worlds’ long relay
lifted Australia into an unexpected finals berth and reminded the
athletics world of his prowess on the flat which has delivered him a
world bronze, world university gold and silver and another world finals
berth in the 4x400m.
Australia’s continuing capacity to mould world-class 4x400m teams and
its status as the reigning Commonwealth Games champions means that there
is again a focus on the event this year.
After the 27-year-old Tasmanian’s superb effort in Moscow he is now the
team anchor but with the hurdles remaining his individual target, he
needs to carefully choose the meets at which he can again put his name
up in lights for relay selection.
As a result the 25th anniversary edition of the Briggs
Classic is the winner and will see one of its favourite sons take on
some of the rising stars on the national scene including Sam Reiser [PB 47.10] and William McNamara [PB 47.41].
Whilst the 400 metres will provide a fine opening to the meet, its now
traditional conclusion will take the form of another fine men’s 5000
Again it has drawn an international field to take on leading Australians Ben St Lawrence [PB 13:10.08], Liam Adams [13.31.21] and late entry Harry Summers [PB 13.34.58].
Emerging talent from Ireland (Paul Robinson and Mark Hanrahan), New Zealand (Malcolm Hicks) and Sweden (Micke Ekvall and Olle Wallerang)
will each make its way to Hobart to a meet which has become an early
year mecca for distance runners looking for a breakthrough early in the
year in the usually cooler and calmer conditions of a Hobart summer
Wallerang has the current best time of the group [13.34.74] right now
but each will be hoping that the journey south will produce a new
Event Facts – Men’s 400 metres:
Meet Record: Patrick Dwyer (NSW) 45.85 [30 January 2000]
Commonwealth Games A Standard: 45.3
Commonwealth Games B Standard: 45.85
World Junior Championships ‘Athletics Australia’ Standard: 47.25
Event Facts – Men’s 5000 metres:
Meet Record: Collis Birmingham (Vic) 13:15.57 [4 February 2012]
Commonwealth Games A Standard: 13:20.00
Commonwealth Games B Standard: 13:35.0
World Junior Championships ‘Athletics Australia’ Standard: 14:15.00
The 2014 Briggs Athletics Classic, the third leg of the 2013-14 National
Athletics Series will be staged at the Domain Athletic Centre in Hobart
on Saturday 1 February with the main program beginning at 6.00pm.
The Meet will be preceded by the Tasmanian Little Athletics Relay
Championships from 11.00am to 3.30pm and from 4.45pm onwards the meet
pre-program featuring the inaugural Little Athletics Swedish relay
championships, the Australian Masters internet 4x400m relay match and
the Briggs Classic men’s hammer throw.
Tickets are available via Centertainment, through athletics clubs or at
the gate. Adults - $15; Children (under 16) - $5; children under 6,
competing athletes and little athletes – free