The very best of Australian athletics will be on display across the country in the coming fortnight, with Athletics Australia today confirming impressive entry lists for all of the Briggs Athletics Classic, the Adelaide Track Classic and the Canberra Track Classic.
The highlights include:
- Australian record holder Ryan Gregson (NSW) taking to the start line for the men’s 1500m in Hobart (Tas) this Saturday 13 February. Damien Birkinhead (Vic) will also compete in the shot put.
- Less than a fortnight after improving her own national pole vault record, Alana Boyd (Qld) will take to the runway in Adelaide (SA) on Saturday 20 February. She will be joined by two-lap specialist Alex Rowe (Vic), competing for the first time this Australian Athletics Tour.
- Rio 2016 qualified Josh Clarke (NSW, 100m), Ella Nelson (NSW, 200m), Alexander Hartmann (Qld, 200m) and Brooke Stratton (Vic, long jump) return to the nation’s capital on Saturday 20 February, with London 2012 Olympic finalist Steve Solomon (NSW) also expected to race in the 400m.
BRIGGS ATHLETICS CLASSIC:
Local favourites Hamish Peacock (Tas, javelin), Todd Hodgetts (Tas, para-athletics shot put) and Jack Hale (Tas, 100m) headline entry lists for the Briggs Athletics Classic.
The duo will be joined by Damien Birkinhead (Vic, shot put), who threw a personal best and Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier of 20.80m yesterday, and middle distance charges Ryan Gregson (NSW, 1500m), Luke Mathews (Vic, 1500m), Ben St Lawrence (NSW, 5000m), Genevieve LaCaze (Qld, 5000m) and Victoria Mitchell (Vic, 5000m).
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ADELAIDE TRACK CLASSIC:
Entry lists for the Adelaide Track Classic boast national record holders Alana Boyd (Qld) and Alex Rowe (Vic).
The two-time Commonwealth champion Boyd will line-up in the women’s pole vault less than a fortnight after she soared over a new Australian record of 4.77m to launch her summer of athletics in a resounding fashion. She will be joined on the runway by IAAF World Championships representative and rising star Nina Kennedy (WA) and London 2012 Olympian Liz Parnov (WA).
Competing in the men’s 800m, Rowe will open his Australian Athletics Tour campaign with the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifier of 1:46.00 in his sights. It will be Rowe’s first competitive hit-out since withdrawing from the IAAF World Championships, with his new training partner Peter Bol (WA) to challenge him across the two-laps. Commonwealth Games representative Brittany McGowan (Qld) will start in the women’s race.
In other highlights, national 400m champion Anneliese Rubie (NSW) will start, Australian under 20 record holder Alex Hulley (NSW) will compete in the women’s hammer throw, IPC Athletics World Championships silver medallist Michael Roeger (SA) will run the men’s 1500m and two-time IAAF World Youth Championships medallist Matthew Denny (Qld).
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The Adelaide Track Classic will be followed on Sunday 21 February by the Australian 20km Race Walking Championships, with this event doubling as the Olympic nomination trial. Additional information on the event, including entry lists will be published shortly.
CANBERRA TRACK CLASSIC:
Australia’s best sprinters will return to the nation’s capital for the Canberra Track Classic in the afterglow of the very impressive results at the ACT Athletics Championships this past weekend.
The recently Rio 2016 qualified quartet of Ella Nelson (NSW, 200m), Josh Clarke (NSW, 100m), Alexander Hartmann (Qld, 200m) and Brooke Stratton (Vic) are all scheduled to start.
They will be joined by London 2012 Olympic finalist Steve Solomon (NSW, 400m), national record holder Melissa Breen (ACT, 100m), the IAAF World Indoor Championships bound Michelle Jenneke (NSW, 100m hurdles) and Nicholas Hough (NSW, 110m hurdles), eight-time Australian champion Lauren Wells (ACT, 400m hurdles), Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT, javelin), IPC Athletics World Championships gold medallist Carlee Beattie (Qld, long jump) and jumpers Henry Frayne (Qld, long jump), Brandon Starc (NSW, high jump) and Joel Baden (Vic, high jump).
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