Big V schools team set for Townsville

Big V schools team set for Townsville

Athletics Victoria is proud to announce a team of 133 students will represent Victoria at the 2013 Australian All Schools Championship from Friday 6 – Sunday 8 December in Townsville.

“133 is a strong team considering the trip to Townsville, with a great mix of athletes Victoria should see some strong results across the championship,” Athletics Victoria Development Officer Nick Wall said.

Victoria will head to the annual competition with seven reigning champions including 2013 World Youth High Jump champion Eleanor Patterson and Australian under 16 Hammer Throw record holder Ned Weatherley.

“We are taking a strong group of under 16 women with Nana-Adoma Owusu-Afriyie returning this year after winning the under 14 100m, 200m and Long Jump in 2012 and sprinter Sarah Billings and middle distance athlete Laura Powell are also in good form leading into the championships,” Wall said.

400 metre runner Sam Reiser will be looking to continue his fine early season form and close in on the qualifying standard for 2014 World Junior Championships in Oregon, United States.

Along with the individual competition each state and territory will compete in a scoring system based on points from finishing positions allocated from 1st eight points through to 8th one point.

The team consists of athletes from a wide spread number of schools across Victoria and will include six sets of siblings.

UNDER 18 WOMEN

First Name

Surname

School

Athletics Victoria Club

Jessica

Andersen

Aitken College

Whittlesea City

Maddy

Andrew

Methodist Ladies College

Box Hill

Alex

August-Leifi

Melbourne Girls Grammar

Old Xaverians

Tayla -paige

Billington

Balcombe Grammar

Box hill

Jesse

Bonnici

Maribyrnong College

Essendon Athletics

Ellen

Brasier

Viewbank College

Diamond Valley

Kathryn

Brooks

Kingswood College

Box Hill

Jasmine

Carroll

Frankston High

Frankston

Laura

Collins

Victory Christian College

Wodonga

Riley

Cridland

The Peninsula School

Frankston

Holly

Dobbyn

Ballarat Grammar

Eureka

Alice

Evans

Our Lady of Sion College

Doncaster

Sarah

Fitt

Aquinas College

Doncaster

Elinor

Fraser

St Pauls Anglican Grammar School

South Coast

Georgia

Griffith

Fintona

Box Hill

Caitlin

Hawks

St Mary of the Angels

Essendon

Elizabeth

Hedding

Methodist Ladies' College

Old Xaverians

Laura

Hutchins

Ballarat Grammar School

Eureka

Emily

Lawson

Goulbourn Valley Grammar School

South Bendigo

Alycia

Maher

Carrum Downs Secondary College

Frankston

Rachael

Mulder

John Paul College

Frankston

Eleanor

Patterson

Mary Mackillop Catholic

South Coast Athletics

Chloe

Robertson

Cathedral College Wangaratta

Atheltics Essendon

Natalie

Rule

Ruyton Girls School

Doncaster

Aly

Smead

The Hamilton and Alexandra College

 

Mikaela

Thomas

Beaconhills College

Casey Cardinia

Kelsey

Walton

The Peninsula School

Frankston

Bree

Warren

Haileybury College

Knox

Rachel

Waters

Geelong Grammar School

Eureka


UNDER 18 MEN

First Name

Surname

School

Athletics Victoria Club

Kyle

Bird

Chisholm

Mornington Peninsula

Shane

Bishop

Flinders Christian Community College

Frankston Athletic club

Samuel

Gunther

Yarra Valley Grammar

 

Sean

Hardeman

Bayside P12

Williamstown

Dylan

Johnson

St. Kevin's College

Essendon

Marcus

Jones

Camberwell Grammar

Doncaster

Josh

Linford

St Bedes College

Sandringham

Nicholas

Merrick

St. Francis Xavier College

Casey Cardinia Athletics

Thomas

Montgomerie

St Kevin's College

Glenhuntly

Dean

Neofitou

St Helena Secondary College

Diamond Valley

Nathan

Percy

Ringwood Secondary College

Knox Athletics

Sam

Reiser

Geelong Grammar School

Deakin

William

Seton

Trinity Grammar School

 

Jack

Stekelenburg

Melbourne Grammar School

Deakin

Antony

Symons

Mentone Grammar

Mentone

Darren

Tang

Haileybury College

Haileybury College

Shaun

Walton

The Peninsula School

Frankston

Ryan

Young

Whitefriars

Doncaster

Sebastian

Zammit

St James College

Glenhuntly

Damon

Zethoven

Trinity Grammar School

Doncaster


UNDER 16 WOMEN

First Name

Surname

School

Athletics Victoria Club

Madison

Alexander

Lowther Hall

Athletics Essendon

Sarah

Billings

Ruyton Girls School

Ruyton Athletic

Tamara

Bleechmore

Mount Waverley Secondary College

Nunawading

Julia

Bourke

Bacchus Marsh Grammar

Western Athletics

Julia

Byrne

Our Lady of Sion College

Doncaster Athletics Club

Olivia

Carah

Ivanhoe Grammar School

Box Hill

Eleanor

Cooney Hunt

Northcote High School

Collingwood Harriers

Sophia

Fighera

Loreto Mandeville Hall

Sandringham

Taylah

Gardner

Chairo Christian School

South Coast

Phillipa

Hajdasz

Ruyton Girls School

 

Philippa

Huse

St Leonard's College

Sandringham

Jemima

Montag

Wesley College

Maccabi

Bridget

Neideck

Canterbury Girls secondary college

Old Xaverians

Teagan

Newman

Maribrynong Collage

Western Athletics

Samantha

O'Connell

Genazzano FCJ College

 

Nana-Adoma

Owusu-Afriyie

Wesley College

Box Hill

Maxine

Paholek

Seymour College

 

Laura

Powell

Ruyton girls school

Ruyton Athletic

Nicole

Reynolds

Yarra Valley Grammar

Doncaster

Michael

Romero

St Kevins

 

Danielle

Shaw

Mullauna Secondary College

Ringwood AC

Emily

Taylor-Brown

Methodist Ladies' College

Box Hill

Natalia

Vanzo

Caulfield Grammar

Sandringham

Gemma

Whitty

Assumption College Kilmore

Keilor St Bernards


UNDER 16 MEN

First Name

Surname

School

Athletics Victoria Club

Nicholas

Benca

CRC Melton

Essendon

Broden

Bird

Padua College

Mornington Peninsula

Kalen

Bird

Padua

Mornington Peninsule

Emmet

Brasier

Viewbank College

Diamond Valley

Christopher

Browne

Catholic College Bendigo

Bendigo Harriers

Michael

Cann

Peninsula School

Frankston

Nic

Flocas

Parkdale Secondary College

 

Callen

Goldsmith

Padua College

Mornington Peninsula

Wesley

Graeme

Mirboo North Secondary College

South Coast Athletics

Daniel

Hamilton

Haileybury

Glenhuntly

Matthew

Harcourt

Trinity Grammar School Kew

Box Hill

James

Hogg

Rosehill Secondary College

Essendon Athletics

Cillian

Jansen

Wesley College Glen Waverley

Athletics Waverley

James

Joycey

Xavier College

Doncaster

Harrison (Harry)

Kimpton-Moss

Melbourne Grammar

Sandringham

Felix

Lonergan

St Michaels Grammar

South Melbourne

Wezoor

Lovegrove

Melbourne Grammar School

Old Melbournians

Nicholas

Masini

Emmanuel College

Western Athletics

Flynn

McMahon-Normand

Trinity Grammar, Melbourne

 Collingwood

Lawson

Power

Frankston High School

Frankston

Matthew

Schaumberg

Bayside P-12 College – Williamstown

Western Athletics

Haftu

Strintzos

Haileybury College

Glenhuntly

Lachlan

Varley

Goulburn Valley Grammer

 

Samuel

Varley

Goulburn Valley Grammer

 

Ned

Weatherly

Bellarine Secondary College

Athletics Chillwell

Thomas

Wilson

Parade College

Diamond Valley


UNDER 14 WOMEN

First Name

Surname

School

Athletics Victoria Club

Jessie

Andrew

Maribyrnong Secondary

Essendon

Georgia

Bertrand

Maribyrnong

KSB

Crystal

Brazilek

Brighton Secondary College

Melbourne University

Caitlin

Bronte

Wheelers Hill Secondary College

Knox

Meg

Cairns

St Leonards College

Sandringham

Nela

Debicki

Wesley College

Athletics Victoria

Annabelle

Eastman

Star of the Sea  College

Sandringham

Sienna

Fighera

Loreto Mandeville Hall

Sandringham

Olivia

Graham

Eaglehawk Secondary College

Eaglehawk

Sarah

Hungerford

Sacred Heart College Geelong

 

Ciara

Losty

Star of the Sea

Glenhuntly

Piper

Montag

Wesley College

Maccabi

Chelsea

Owen-Smith

Viewbank College

Diamond Valley

Kasey

Parish

Oberon High School

Chilwell

Stephanie

Ratcliffe

Doncaster Secondary College

Doncaster

Amber

Ross

St Patricks Primary Stratford

Gippsland Athletics

Meredith

Rule

Ruyton Girls School

Ruyton Athletic

Grace

Walker

Lavalla Catholic College

Wellington Athletics Club


UNDER 14 MEN

First Name

Surname

School

Athletics Victoria Club

Brad

Butler

Frankston High School

Frankston

William

Carter

Mentone Grammer

Mentone AC

Bradley

Castleman

Saint Patricks College

Wendouree

Will

Hamill

Padua college rosebud

 

Harry

Hockley Samon

St Josephs college Geelong

Chilwell

Lachaln

Johnson

Catholic College Bendigo

Eaglehawk

Daniel

Johnstone

Braemar College

 

Lachlan

Lamb

St Monicas College

Whittlesea City

Sasho

Lumakovski

Lalor Secondary

Whittlesea City

Daniel

Masini

Lumen Christi Catholic Primary School

Western Athletics

Jordan

Munyard

St Josephs College

Knox

Patrick

Myles

Mentone Grammar School

Mentone

Angus

Norman

Fitzroy High

Brunswick

Riley

Thompson

Haileybury

Glenhuntly

Sam

Williams

St Patricks College Ballarat

Wendouree


For more information on the Victorian team contact:

Nick Wall
Athletics Victoria Development Officer
03 8646 4514
nick.wall@athsvic.org.au

For any media related enquires contact:

Chris Kenner
Athletics Victoria Communications Coordinator
03 8646 4514
chris@athsvic.org.au

Clarke world record fires up the Zatopek

Clarke world record fires up the Zatopek

Len Johnson

Fifty years ago this year, in winning the third edition of the Emil Zatopek 10,000 metres, Ron Clarke set world records for six miles and 10,000 metres.

There are a million stories about the 1963 Zatopek race. If you have been around long enough, you’ve heard most. Some are even true.

Briefly, the facts are these. Clarke won his third straight Zatopek. His target, officially, was the six miles Victoria record held by Dave Stephens at 27 minutes 54.0 seconds. That had been a world record when Stephens set it in sensational fashion at Olympic Park early in 1956.

Achieving that goal would almost certainly see Clarke also break the Australian record held by Melbourne 1956 Olympic 10,000 metres bronze medallist Dave Power at 27:52.8.

Unofficially, Clarke was aiming even higher, at the world record 27:43.8 set by Sandor Iharos of Hungary.

Finally, given the 376 yards extra distance between six miles and 10,000 metres, Clarke would have to break Iharos’s record by a considerable margin to have a chance at the 10,000 world record of 28:18.2 held by Rome Olympic champion Pyotr Bolotnikov of the former Soviet Union.

Melbourne’s Olympic Park then had a 440-yard track. This meant that the starting line for the 10,000 metres race was 376 yards from the finish line, making the 10,000 race 24 laps plus 376 yards.

This may explain some of the subsequent confusion about times. One thing for sure, no-one seems to have kept their head in the hectic final few minutes of the race.

We’ll get to that. First, some of the other stories. One that has been revised many times over the journey is the number of spectators present. Well, the figure of 23 came from Clarke himself, who is quoted by Age journalist Graeme Kelly that there was that number present – “mostly relations of mine.”

At least one was. The back-page photo in The Age the day after the race showed Ron shaking hands with his brother, Jack Clarke, captain of Essendon Football Club at the time. Whether there was another 22, or 222, who knows. Point is, there wasn’t many.

Clarke had been on a record run coming into the Zatopek, breaking Victorian records for 2000 and 3000 metres, two miles and three miles already that season (state records had to be set in the state and national records set in Australia, back then). At Olympic Park the Sunday before the Zatopek race he had lost narrowly to the late Albie Thomas over 5000 metres, with Thomas setting a national record 13:51.4.

Whatever his private thoughts, Clarke’s ambitions were obvious from the start. He tore through the first four laps (one mile) in 4:24, with his great mate and training partner, Tony Cook, already struggling to hang on two seconds back.

At two miles – 8:58 – Clarke was eight seconds ahead, leading Trevor Vincent to reassure Cook that “Clarkie’s gone mad.” According to Vincent, he may have said this, but only to encourage Cook that he was also well on the way to achieving his own target of an Olympic Games qualifying time (28:30 for 6 miles or 29:25 for 10,000).

The third and fourth miles flew by at record pace. Only in the fifth mile – covered in 4:40 – did Clarke slacken, but a 4:28 took him to six miles in a world record 27:17.8.

Then the confusion set in. Clarke slowed to a jog to complete the final 376 yards, apparently thinking he had no chance of breaking Bolotnikov’s world record. Quickly told by friends  – one advantage of a small crowd being that he could hear them clearly – to “get going, you can get the other one” – he launched a belated effort to reach 10,000 in 28:15.6.

What a race. Not one, but two world records. The Victorian marathon Club had set the Zatopek up to foster Australian distance running, but this was surely beyond their wildest expectations.

“I didn’t thrash myself in the 5000 against Albie Thomas last Sunday because I felt I could run really well tonight,” Clarke told Graeme Kelly in something of an understatement.

Robert Ward was second in 31:28 and the late Tom Kelly third in 31:56, both of them lapped twice by Clarke.

But the hard-luck story was Tony Cook’s. He pulled out after five miles thinking he was not going to reach his target. In fact, he was right on it.

“There was a mess-up in the time calling and I thought I was a minute over my schedule,” Cook told Graeme Kelly.

It was the third of Ron Clarke’s record five Zatopek wins and the first and second of his 18 or 19 (depending how you count them) world records as he set about re-defining distance running in the next few years.

Tony Cook did qualify for the 1964 Olympics. He went on to finish eighth in the Olympic final as Clarke took the bronze medal after a terrific last-lap struggle with Billy Mills of the USA and Mohamed Gammoudi of Tunisia, the gold and silver medallists. He also got his Zatopek win, the next year.

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40 Years Ago: Scott wins race, loses trophy and Games’ chance

Len Johnson

For want of a dollar, Bill Scott won the 1973 Zatopek but did not receive the trophy. For want of a few seconds, he missed out on the 1974 Commonwealth Games team.

The dollar was the cost of becoming a Victorian Marathon Club member. Neither Scott, nor second-placed Peter Fuller, was a financial member so they were ineligible for the club trophy which instead went to the third placegetter, Arch Sansonetti of the famous cycling family.

The few seconds – 4.4 of them, to be precise – was the margin by which Scott failed to get under 29 minutes, the time he needed to press his claims for selection for the Games in Christchurch in January, 1974.

“If I had got under 29 minutes people would have had to sit up and take notice,” Scott told The Age’s Glenn Lester. Scott had run third in the selection trial a few weeks earlier to Brenton Norman and Derek Clayton, who had both been selected in the marathon as well.

Scott must have been referring to people outside the sport, as he was already being noticed within athletics. Uncompromising in his racing approach, he was the vanguard of the post-Clarke generation of Australian distance runners, leading the way for the likes of Chris Wardlaw, Robert de Castella, Dave Fitzsimons (who did make the 1974 team) and Gerard Barrett to follow.

At 21, Scott broke the mould of Zatopek winners, too. In its early years, the race was won by experienced distance runners but in its next 10 years the race was won by Barrett (just short of his 20th birthday when he took the first of his two victories in 1976), de Castella (22 in 1979) and Andrew Lloyd (also 22 at the first of his four wins in 1981).

The 1973 race was held at Essendon’s Aberfeldie Track, as Olympic Park was in one of its several redevelopments. Fuller, a teammate of Scott’s at the Box Hill club and a middle-distance specialist, helped him set the pace early before dropping back to finish in 30:08.

Sansonetti finished third in 30:30. He was the only one of the three placegetters who would have a direct link to the 1974 Commonwealth Games: his older brother Maurice ‘Remo’ Sansonetti, took a bronze medal in the cycling road race.

Scott, too, eventually found his way into an Australian team. He made the final of the 10,000 metres at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, finishing ninth despite a painful foot injury.

Scott went on to run 28:18 the following year, then 28:01 in Europe in 1975 in a race in which he finished second to 1972 Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter. He was leading finisher in Australia’s first team to a world cross-country championships in 1975.

An untimely groin injury sidelined Scott through 1976, costing him almost certain Olympic selection, but he came back late in 1977 to begin a productive second career phase. In 1978, Scott made his marathon debut with a win in the Victorian title followed by another in the inaugural Melbourne marathon. He made his second world-cross country team in 1979, ran a personal best 27:48 for 10,000 in Brussels and a marathon ‘pb’ in Fukuoka to finish the year.

Scott began the 1980 Olympic year with an Australian all-comers’ record for 5000 metres followed by a 27:46.71 for 10,000, both in Melbourne, the latter in a thrilling race against world record holder Henry Rono. Between those runs, the nationals, then the marathon trial in Adelaide he aggravated an existing foot problem. Despite that, Scott made the 10,000 final in Moscow and was with the leaders until late in the race before finishing fifth.

All the problems notwithstanding, it was one of the best years by an Australian distance runner since Ron Clarke.

We were still six years away from having a stand-alone women’s Zatopek race, but 1972 Olympic 1500 metres finalist Jenny Orr made the back page of The Age for running – by ‘invitation’ – in the men’s veterans’ mile.

Geoff Warren, an early member of the Victorian Marathon Club and designer of the race trophy, won the race, with Jenny Orr beating her father, and coach, Theo, for second place.

Asked how it felt to be beaten by his daughter, Theo Orr replied: “Great.”

Tallent and Mickle named Athletes of the Year

Jared Tallent (Vic) and Kim Mickle (WA) are Athletics Australia’s Athletes of the Year, with the duo announced as the best-of-the-best for 2013 at a gala dinner at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.

The IAAF World Championships medal winning pair were joined on the illustrious honour roll by Evan O’Hanlon (NSW), Angela Ballard (NSW) and Matthew Denny (Qld), who were name Male Para-Athlete, Female Para-Athlete and Junior Athlete of the Year respectively.

Capping off what has been an enormous year for the nine-time Australian javelin champion, Mickle was also announced as the Eurosport Athlete of the Year for her continuing strong performances on the IAAF Diamond League circuit. Placing in the top-three each and every time she competed this year, her 2013 resume also includes a new personal best of 66.60m and a silver medal from the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

“Definitely a surprise. It’s capped off a remarkable year. It’s icing on the cake,” Mickle said.

“I want to go one better next year at the Commonwealth Games for sure. I won silver in Delhi and in Moscow this year so the gold is aim for sure. The pre-season is going well so far, the body is healthy and I can’t see anything less than gold as a good result.

“I’m so close to Joanna Stone’s record. I thought my last throw in Moscow had it but I am not there yet, and its unfinished business. Bring on 2014.”

Tallent has also shone both as part of the National Athletics Series and on the world stage this year. The winner of the Australian 20km Race Walking Championships in February, the three-time Olympic medallist went onto take out the top honour in the IAAF Race Walking Challenge and a stunning bronze medal in the men’s 50km walk at the IAAF World Championships.

“I’m very honoured to win this. I have been performing at a strong level like this for some time now, and it is probably ten years in the making but it is great to be recognised like this,” Tallent said.

“In 2003 I nearly gave the sport away when I lost my scholarship at the VIS but then I was invited to Canberra by Brent Vallance, my parents forced me to go, and the rest is history. I have to thank them especially for this.

“I have aspirations to continue right through to Tokyo, and who knows from there. I love what I do and am so excited and that I get to continue doing it now with my wife Claire (Tallent) as my coach.”

Tallent now has the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in his sights, while Mickle will look to improve on her silver medal from the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi (IND) by winning gold when the event heads to Glasgow (SCO) in 2014.

“I’ve got the World Walk Cup next year and I have a bronze and a silver. The gold is my aim for sure. Fingers crossed,” Tallent added.

Tallent and Mickle’s Australian Flame teammate Jess Trengove (SA), who placed an outstanding 11th in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships, was also recognised as the Australian Flame Athlete of the Year thanks to her strong commitment to the development of a team bond in the Australian Flame camps in both Tonbridge (GBR) and Moscow (RUS).

Arguably the best-performed athlete at the IPC Athletics World Championships, 2013 was certainly O’Hanlon’s year.

Setting two championship records in Lyon (FRA), the five-time Paralympic champion and dual world record holder added a further three world titles to his burgeoning trophy cabinet just weeks after recovering from viral meningitis.

The winner of three silver and one bronze medal at the IPC Athletics World Championships, Ballard’s rise to the top of wheelchair racing continues. Unable to attend the event tonight because she is completely her thesis, the four-time Paralympian is coached by Louise Sauvage.

Denny rounded out the big winners, with the 18-year-old crowned Junior Athlete of the Year.

The winner of six gold medals at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Perth, he went on to win a gold and bronze medal at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships and now has Eugene 2014 for the IAAF World Junior Championships firmly in his sights.

The 2013 Athlete of the Year Awards, proudly presented by Eurosport, were held in the Crown Palladium in Melbourne tonight.

The complete list of winners is:

Edwin Flack Award – Tamsyn Manou (VIC)

Art Series Hotel Volunteer of the Year – Richard Lawsyz (VIC)

Australian Sports Commission Junior Coach of the Year – Grahame Pitt (QLD)

Australian Sports Commission Para-Athlete Coach of the Year – Iryna Dvoskina (ACT)

Australian Sports Commission Senior Coach of the Year – Grant Ward (WA)

Eurosport Athlete of the Year – Kim Mickle (WA)

Australian Flame Athlete of the Year – Jess Trengove (SA)

Junior Athlete of the Year – Matthew Denny (QLD)

Female Para-Athlete of the Year – Angela Ballard (NSW)

Male Para-Athlete of the Year – Evan O’Hanlon (NSW)

Female Athlete of the Year – Kim Mickle (WA)

Male Athlete of the Year – Jared Tallent (VIC)

Life Governorship – Rob Fildes OAM (VIC)

30 Years Ago: de Castella ‘wins’ front and back pages; loses race

30 Years Ago: de Castella ‘wins’ front and back pages; loses race

Len Johnson

Kenyan triumphs in the Zatopek are nothing of a surprise now. Luke Kipkosgei won four times in six years and holds the men’s race record; Joyce Chepkirui set the women’s record in winning two years ago.

But the first Kenyan victory in the race, when Gabriel Kamau out-sprinted Robert de Castella to win in 1983 – now, that was a surprise.

It should not have been. Kamau held the US national collegiate record at 27 minutes 36.2 seconds, 36 seconds quicker than de Castella’s personal best coming into the race (and continued to hold it until Galen Rupp broke it in 2007). He was on scholarship at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

But Australian sports stories didn’t come much bigger than Deek in 1983. He had successively won the 1981 Fukuoka marathon (in a world record), the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games marathon (this time watched by millions of Australians over breakfast), the 1983 Rotterdam marathon (trouncing Alberto Salazar) and the 1983 world championships marathon (having dinner with the great Emil Zatopek after that one).

The 1983 men’s Zatopek featured on the front and back pages of The Age. It certainly didn’t hurt that the paper, along with Wang computers, sponsored the race, but it was the first time this had happened since Ron Clarke’s world record in 1963.

Pictures of de Castella and Kamau ran side-by-side on the front page, right next to a headline speculating that Prime Minister Bob Hawke might call an early election: “I’ve had enough of this recalcitrant Senate”; while the back page featured a race report with more pictures.

The women’s race had not reached such heady heights by 1983. Indeed, it was still held on a different night, the main women’s event on the big night being over 3000 metres, the longest Olympic distance then for women.

Sally Pierson, an accomplished race walker before she focused solely on running, won her first of two women’s Zatopek races in 33:31.4, comfortably ahead of 1980-81 winner Megan Sloane and Nicky Taws.

Pierson had turned 20 in March, 1983. That month she represented Australia for the first time in a world cross-country. She finished fourth in the Race Walking World Cup the same year and represented Australia again in the 1985 world cross-country.

It was the second year in a row de Castella had been out-kicked at the end of the Zatopek. The previous year, John Andrews had run away from him in the final 400 metres to win, 28:09.7 to 28:12.2.

‘Deek’ was not exactly shocked when Kamau sprinted by with 250 metres left to win in 27:59.14. He had led since the second lap, spread-eagling the field but never breaking away from Kamau. It was just the third time (after Australians Gerard Barrett and Steve Austin) anyone had broken 28 minutes in the Zatopek.

De Castella’s reward for his front-running performance was a new personal best of 28:02.73 and the confidence that his Olympic marathon preparations were coming along nicely.

“I have the strength and if I can get more speed that will give me an even greater asset for marathons,” de Castella said.

“You need speed in marathons these days,” ‘Deek’ added perceptively. You still do, many recent marathons would seem to suggest.

New South Wales runner Lawrie Whitty, running barefoot, finished third in 28:26.34. Whitty had upset de Castella in the previous year’s national cross-country championship, a wake-up call for ‘Deek’ on the road to his Brisbane marathon triumph.

Just as well de Castella ran a ‘pb’. It meant he went home with something as, earlier in the night, his national U20 record for 3000 metres had been broken by Mal Norwood, who won the junior race over that distance in 8:10.78. De Castella’s name is still inextricably linked with the junior race, however: it is now named after him.

Ultimately, de Cstella’s Olympic marathon ambitions were thwarted, too. In Los Angeles the following year he finished fifth behind the man he beat at Rotterdam, Carlos Lopes.

Athletics Victoria 6 week membership challenge

Athletics Victoria 6 week membership challenge

To help promote athletics and boost club membership, Athletics Victoria’s 6 week membership challenge will offer a weekly prize to the ‘Club of the Week’ – included is a FREE Athletics Victoria membership to a new member for the 2013/14 season.

The ‘Club of the Week’ prize will be available to all Clubs that have 15 or more members at the start of each weekly prize period. This is in line with the minimum number of regional memberships required to be officially affiliated with Athletics Victoria.

Only one new membership is available to each Club throughout the six week promotion period.

Each week Athletics Victoria will record how many memberships each club registers and the club with the highest percentage will be named our ‘Club of the Week’.

Along with the ‘Club of the Week’ those clubs who register 5 or more Athletics Victoria members in the competition week will be acknowledged.

NB. There will be no $5 charge attached to the processing of winning applications. The FREE membership is for clubs to register an additional member; it cannot be applied to an already registered member. The prize cannot be carried forward to the 2014/15 season. The challenge will commence on Monday 4 November and conclude on Friday 13 December.

WEEK ONE WINNER – St Kevins Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Ringwood Athletics Club, Geelong Guild Athletics Club and Wodonga Athletics Club

WEEK TWO WINNER – Old Melburnians Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Athletics Essendon, Frankston Athletics Club, Old Xaverians Athletics Club, South Melbourne Athletics Club, Geelong Guild Athletics Club, East Melbourne Harriers Athletics Club

WEEK THREE WINNER –  Ivanhoe Harriers Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Diamond Valley Athletics Club, Old Xaverians Athletics Club, Bendigo Harriers Athletics Club and Old Melburnians Athletics Club

WEEK FOUR WINNER – Deakin Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Border Track & Field Athletics Club

WEEK FIVE WINNER – South Coast Athletics Club
Honourable mention – Old Melburnians

WEEK SIX WINNER – Gippsland Athletics Club

Bright Night Ball: Help support Sarah Austin’s battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Bright Night Ball: Help support Sarah Austin’s battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Former Glenhuntly member Sarah Austin had to give up athletics in 2009 as she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and over the past four years has undergone numerous treatments which have all failed to cure her.

Help raise funds for an alternative treatment and a brighter future for Sarah on Saturday 23 November at the Bright Night Ball at The Bridge, South Wharf.

The next rounds of treatments are currently only available in the USA and Canada and cost approximately $11,000 per session, of which four have been initially planned for.

As a result it is a huge financial burden and all the help Sarah can get will be hugely appreciated.

Get your friends and family together, and join Sarah for a BRIGHT night of fun and dance with DJ's, drinks, food and general merriment in abundance on the night.

What: Bright Night Ball
Where: The Bridge – 29 South Wharf Promenade, Melbourne, VIC, 3006
Time: 8pm until late
Dress Code: Cocktail with a splash of BRIGHT!
Tickets: $100 – Five hour drinks package and finger food provided

To purchase a ticket or help with donations of stock for the event or prizes please visit – http://www.brightfutureforsarah.squarespace.com/fundraising/2013/11/23/bright-night-ball

To send a message of support to Sarah follow her on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/brightfutureforsarah

20 Years Ago: ‘Mona’ chases Clarke, Staines chases Mona, neither catches Patrick

20 Years Ago: ‘Mona’ chases Clarke, Staines chases Mona, neither catches Patrick

By LEN JOHNSON

Steve Moneghetti lined up for the 1993 Zatopek race having won the previous four Zatopeks. He hoped to equal Ron Clarke’s record of five wins in the big race and surpass Clarke by doing it in consecutive races.

Gary Staines, an English runner then based in Australia, wanted to stick with ‘Mona’ and get the qualifying times for the following years Commonwealth Games and European championships.

Ultimately, both were upstaged by Paul Patrick, an emerging young runner who all-but clinched Australian Commonwealth selection with a sensational win, breaking 28 minutes in his first 10,000 as a senior athlete.

There were no such upsets in the women’s race, Carolyn Schuwalow racing to her second victory in three years, and third overall, ahead of young Sydney runner Michelle Dillon and New Zealand’s Barbara Moore.

Moneghetti was already a Zatopek legend. Having run his first Zatopek in the lower grades in 1979, he was now lining up for his 12th. He had worked hard, as they say, to become an overnight sensation.

“It’s funny, at one stage I had run eight Zatopeks in a row without winning,” Moneghetti said pre-race. “Now, I’ve won four in a row.” Against his chances in 1993, he had run a marathoin in Beijing just eight weeks earlier.

Staines had been a silver medallist in the 5000 metres at the 1990 European championships and a finalist in the 5000 in both the Seoul 1988 Olympics and Tokyo 1991 world championships.

Patrick, however, was no mug. Just turned 22, he had finished fifth in the 5000 at the 1990 world junior championships. He had also run a 10,000 back then, but this would be his first as a senior. His form was good, having soundly defeated Staines and Moneghetti over 5000 metres just a couple of weeks before the Zatopek.

There was also a host of other contenders – Pat Carroll, four-time winner Andrew Lloyd and New Zealand trio Robbie Johnston, Kerry Rodger and Phil Clode.

Carroll, indeed, led for the first six laps before Moneghetti took up the pace. “I didn’t want to take the lead that early, but it was unfair to let Pat do it all,” he said post-race.

A series of surges broke up the field but could not dislodge either Patrick or Staines. Inevitably, it seemed, one of the two would finish quicker than Moneghetti. Surprisingly, it was not 3:53-miler Staines, but Patrick.

Taking the lead along the final back-straight, Patrick sprinted home to win in 27:59.64, with Staines (28:02.24) and Moneghetti (28:03.65) second and third, respectively.

Patrick became the sixth Australian to better 28 minutes (there are now 18) and the first to do it at their first senior attempt (he is still remains the only one).

“All credit to ‘Mona’,” said Patrick. “He did all the work. I sat on him and I knew I could outkick him. I was mentally strong. I felt fine, even through the surges.”

Schuwalow, too, ran with qualifying times on her mind, not an assault on her race record of 31:54.95 set two years earlier. She shared the pace with Michelle Dillon en route to winning, 32:28.50 to 32:35.40. Both women bettered the Commonwealth qualifying time.

“I’ve been doing 110 miles a week in training,” said Schuwalow, who was building towards a marathon debut.

The 20-year-old Dillon, running her first 10,000, was content to take up Schuwalow’s offer of pace-sharing. “She’s had a lot of experience, so I figured she knew what she was doing,” she said.

Patrick did not achieve his aim of selection in the 5000 metres for the Commonwealth Games the following August in Victoria (Canada). He finished eighth in the 10,000, one place ahead of a promising Kenyan named Daniel Komen who had run the first mile of the race in close to four minutes.

Steve Moneghetti won the marathon.

Injury kept Carolyn Schuwalow from running the Commonealth Games, but Michelle Dillon finished seventh in the women’s 10,000 in 33:19.01. She subsequently represented Great Britain in two Olympic triathlons, 2000 and 2004.

Gary Staines finished 15th in the 10,000 metres at the Helsinki 1994 European championships.

For Zatopek:10 2013 ticket and event information visit www.athsvic.org.au/zatopek.