Mitchell records Commonwealth Games A qualifier as Mickle sets new Australian record

2012 London Olympian Kathryn Mitchell produced an ‘A’ standard of 62.58m but it was 2013 Moscow worlds silver medalist Kim Mickle who stole the show with her third attempt of 66.83m to break Louise Currey’s 14 year old record of 66.80m at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge today infront of a packed Lakeside Stadium.

Mitchell threw 62.44m in the second round to take the lead but it was all Mickle in the third round who had the crowd in oar as she produced the record breaking throw.

Knox middle distance runner Jeff Riseley (1:46.15) recorded his first ‘A’ qualifying standard of the year in a hard fought 800m race that was won by U.S star Duane Solomon in 1:45.17, fellow Victorian Alex Rowe produce a ‘B’ standard of 1:46.74.

Joining Riseley with an ‘A’ qualifying time was New South Wales Joshua Ralph who set a personal best of 1:45.80 to become the 16th all time quickest Australian over 800m.

South Coast jumper Eleanor Patterson continued her fine season by recording a Commonwealth Games 'A' standard with her second attempt at 1.92m, and once again was on her own as the world youth champion attempted 1.95m.

New Zealand super star Valerie Adams dominated the women’s shot put with a winning throw of 19.68m with Victorian Kim Mulhall finishing second with a distance of 15.05m.

Victorian Institute of Sport thrower Damian Birkinhead opened up with a Commonwealth Games ‘B’ standard of 18.44m and a personal best of 19.31m on his second attempt in the men’s shot put to finish second behind New Zealand record holder Tom Walsh.

World Indoor bronze medalist Walsh was in a class of his own to win with a throw of 21.16m with the meet record of 21.27m within his reach.

Sandringham Athletics Henry Smith came close to the Commonwealth Games ‘B’ standard of 7.70m with a jump of 7.68m to finish second behind Henry Frayne in the long jump, who returns after some time away from the sport to win with a Commonwealth ‘A’ standard of 8.10m.

Box Hill pole vaulter Joel Pocklington cleared 5.25m to record a Commonwealth Games ‘B’ qualifier.

Pocklington has a season’s best of 5.41m and looks in good shape ahead of the Australian Athletics Championships next month.

2008 Beijing Olympian Victoria Mitchell finished strongly in the women’s 3000m steeplechase to clock a Commonwealth Games ‘B’ standard comfortably in a time of 9:56.23 ahead of New Zealand’s Rosa Flanagan who ran a personal best of 9:56.97.

2013 Moscow world champion David Oliver controlled the 110m hurdles after a shaky start in cold condition at Lakeside Stadium.

“I had a bad start, I didn’t even know that was the gun, I had never heard one like that before” said Oliver.

Old Melburnians Sam Baines who was set to resume battle with Oliver in his home state didn’t feel right in the warm up and the decision was made to not run.

Athletics Essendon jumper Ellen Pettitt produced a season best of 13.12m to finish second in the women’s triple jump behind Queensland’s Linda Leverton who jumped 13.36m to record a Commonwealth Games ‘B’ qualifier.

Geelong’s Jess Gulli produced her first Commonwealth Games ‘B’ qualifying time and a personal best of 57.30 to push Olympian Lauren Wells (57.23 – CGB) all the way in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Victorian 100m champion Ashleigh Whittaker was the best placed Victorian in the women’s 100m with Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson winning in a Commonwealth Games ‘A’ standard of 11.34 ahead of Australia’s fastest women Melissa Breen (11.45) and U.S Natasha Hastings (11.51).

Current Victorian 100m and 200m champion Joel Bee ran 10.50 to finish third behind Tom Gamble (10.41) and Tim Leathart (10.44) in the men’s 100m event.

Ballarat Bee has a season best of 10.44 and will want to match that next month at the national championships.

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Next on the national tour will be next month's Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games selection trials at Lakeside Stadium.