South Bendigo thrower Tim Driesen recorded his fourth consecutive Australian hammer title after claiming a Commonwealth Games ‘B’ qualifying standard of 67.16m ahead of Queensland star Matthew Denny who finished second with a throw of 65.13m on day two of the Australian Athletics Championships at Lakeside Stadium.
Winning the national title and recording the best throw (69.53m) of any Australian this season places him well to claim a spot on the Australian Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow later this year.
As a result of an appeal to the jury concerning the 1500m race the men's decathlon victory ceremony has been postponed to tomorrow which involves St Kevin’s Steve Cain.
Knox Athletics David Thomson recorded a world junior qualifying standard in the men’s decathlon after finishing second with a final total of 7151 points behind Queensland’s Cedric Dubler who secured automatic selection winning with a total of 7266.
Geelong’s Jess Gulli ambitions of Commonwealth Games selection came a step closer after easing through heat four in the women’s 400m hurdles in 61.33 to qualify for the semi-final round.
Victorian 100m and 200m champion Ashleigh Whittaker was the best of the Big V athletes in the women’s 100m event qualifying for the semi-final stage in 11.62.
Joining Whittaker in the semi-finals will be Williamstown Athletics Daniela Roman (11.90) who will represent Australia later this year at the world junior championships in Eugene, USA.
Diamond Valley’s Monica Brennan (11.98) and Geelong athlete Angela Byrt also progressed out of the heats.
Ballarat’s Joel Bee ensured passage to the semi-finals of the 100m with a time of 10.58 in heat four.
Frankston sprinter Matt Carter produced a solid 10.50 in heat one will join Bee, the state 100m and 200m champion in the next round.
Day two action started in disappointing fashion with Ballarat thrower Kathryn Mitchell having to pull out of the women’s javelin qualification round with a slight shoulder niggle.
Mitchell’s holds the second best throw of the season with here Commonwealth Games ‘A’ qualifying standard of 66.10m at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge last month.
The 2012 London Olympian will have to wait until next week for confirmation of discretionary selection from Athletics Australia.
Australian national record holder Kim Mickle and Mitchell’s closest rival made easy work of the qualification rounds, automatically advancing through to the final with a Commonwealth Games ‘B’ qualifying standard throw of 59.57m.
Frankston thrower Alycia Maher (45.05m) and Doncaster Athletics Breanna Large (41.71) both finished in the top 10 to progress to Saturday nights final.
Glenhunty athlete Kelly Hetherington was the best of the Victorian’s in the women’s 800m heats recording the best time of 2:05.91.
Victorian state champion Katherine Katsanevakis also made easy work of the heats to progress to the final in a time of 2.06.12 alongside Hetherington in heat one.
2012 London Olympian Jeff Riseley backed up his 800m heat win to ease through the qualifying round of the 1500m with a time of 3:48.87, while Deakin’s Brenton Rowe recording the fastest qualification time of 3:47.33.
Wodonga Athletics Dennis Ramsay (F57) added a national title to his bronze medal on day two, winning the men’s secured javelin throw with a distance of 23.26m.
Along with Ramsay, Brydee Moore (F33) also claimed a second medal on day two winning the women’s secured javelin throw with a distance of 10.01m.
Duel Olympian Chris Erickson (40:51.82) finished second in the men’s 10000m race walking final while Ballarat’s Kelly Ruddick claimed bronze in the women’s division with a time of 45:25.90.
92nd Australian Athletics Championships:
Note- Athletics Australia advises that during Friday evenings competition, its Administration Delegates and the Chief Photo Finish Judge detected a pre existing configuration error in the Photo Finish Equipment at Lakeside Stadium.
It means that the majority of times previously published for events up to and including event #103 (Mens 100m Heats) on Thursday & Fridays program will have been shown as .01 second faster than they should have been. This also includes points for combined events.
All events have now been re read, the times adjusted and the points for the each combined event adjusted. The live results and collated links (above) are all now correct.