The IAAF World Championships have drawn to a close in Beijing (CHN) tonight, with the Australian Flame concluding their admirable campaign with two silver medals and a further three top-eight performances.

Buoyed by the team’s performance, Athletics Australia Head Coach, Craig Hilliard, looks forward to working with athletes and coaches in the coming months to improve on this result before the Olympics Games get underway in 341 days.

“I am satisfied with the team’s performance. We return home with two silver medals, which is great. The brigade of younger athletes that will take the athletics team through to Tokyo 2020 stepped up to the plate on the world stage, which is all I can ask for. The majority of this team improved the ranking that they came into the event with, too, and that’s a sign that when tested at a major the athletes can perform,” Hilliard said.

One of 207 competing IAAF member federations, the green and gold were ranked 18th overall, with medals won by Jared Tallent (Vic, 50km walk) and Fabrice Lapierre (NSW, long jump). The three top-eight performances toDani Samuels (NSW, discus), Dane Bird-Smith (Qld, 20km walk) and Eleanor Patterson (Vic) were also outstanding.

Brandon Starc (NSW, high jump), who competed in the men’s high jump final tonight (details below) andAnneliese Rubie (NSW, 400m) improved on their personal best at the championships, with twelve athletes achieving a qualifying standard for the Olympic Games. This brings to 29 the number of athletes on this Australian Flame team who have at least one qualifier for Rio 2016 to date.

“Jared Tallent is a true champion of athletics and his medal winning result here was outstanding. To see Fabrice return to the form that we all knew he was capable of is a big positive as we lead into an Olympic year,” Hilliard added.

“Eleanor Patterson handled herself brilliantly in the high jump final and Dane Bird-Smith in the race walk is someone that you could now describe as a medal chance for Rio. Add to that athletes like Michelle Jenneke, Joel Baden, Brandon Starc and Brooke Stratton and this team has a solid base to build our future upon.

“Some athletes missed their opportunity here and could not reproduce the form they were selected on. These athletes are understandably disappointed, and this will be addressed with them as part of our championship review to ensure that we arrive at Rio 2016 with solutions to the challenges they encountered.

“The Olympic champion Sally Pearson, as well as other reliable starters Alex Rowe, Zoe Buckman, Michael Shelley, Jess Trengove and Jeff Riseley will be back in 2016, as will a fit and healthy Kim Mickle. This gives me confidence that we can do well on the grandest stage of all.”

On the final night of competition in the Bird’s Nest, Eloise Wellings (NSW) and Starc flew the Australian flag, competing in the final of the women’s 5000m and the men’s high jump.

Clocking a season best time of 15:09.62, Wellings’ run for 10th was a season best and a qualifying mark for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Her placing is the best ever result by an Australian in the event at the IAAF World Championships, with her time almost ten seconds quicker than that of any other green and gold starter in world titles history.

Sailing over 2.25m on his third and final attempt, Starc placed 12th in the final of the men’s high jump. Starc is the first finalist in the men’s high jump since Tim Forsyth in 1997, with his personal best leap of 2.31m moving him to second on the Australian All-Time List.

Competition tonight followed the women’s marathon on the streets of Beijing (CHN) this morning. The Australian Flame were represented by Sinead Diver (Vic), Sarah Klein (Vic) and Julia Degan (NSW), with Diver clocking 2:36.58 to be the best placed green and gold charge in 21st. Klein crossed 23rd in 2:37:58, while Degan battled cramp in the closing stages to finish 46th in a time of 2:49.26.

For more information on the now concluded IAAF World Championships, including results, please click here to visit

For more information on the Australian Flame please click here to visit

Athletics Australia would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the four Australian Athletics Officials who have worked tirelessly during the IAAF World Championships.

Thanks for your amazing contribution to nine outstanding days of athletics – the athletes could not do what they do best without you!

Well done Bill Bailey (QLD), Janet Nixon (NSW), Zoe Eastwood-Bryson (SA) & Peter Hamilton (QLD).


2015 Victorian All Schools Knockout Championships

It’s school against school in an exciting team-based athletics event

This unique, nationwide competition pits teams of five to nine athletes against each other across three age groups. The performance-based scoring system allocates points for fixed time or distance standards. This allows teams to go head-to-head across various events where every centimetre and split second for every team member counts!

When: Thursday 10 September, 2015
Where: Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park




2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games marathon runner Liam Adams has won his second Australian cross country title in emphatic style this Saturday 29 August at Moonee Valley racecourse.

“I didn’t really want to go that quick at the start, I just wanted to sit in the pack for the first lap and then try and build it home towards the end,” Adams said.

The multiple world championships cross country representative moved away from a lead pack of six early and maintained a gap of 150m alongside Australian Capital Territory state cross country champion Joshua Johnson.

“I got out there and probably ran a little to quick and just tried to hold on to that pace… I wanted a really big hit out today.”

Adams was using the championships as preparation for the October 11 Chicago marathon, where he hopes to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“That’s the main aim right at the moment (Chicago marathon) so been doing a big training block, 200km weeks, millage went down a little bit this week, 180km,” Adams said.

Donning the Athletics Essendon colours, national cross country wasn’t a lock, but, with the choice of running in Chicago it worked out for Adams who claimed his second national title since taking honours in 2011.

“Originally I wasn’t sure if I was going to be running national cross or not, I was tossing up between Chicago and Berlin, once we worked out Chicago was the better option and, once we worked out Chicago was the better option me I thought we would chuck in the national cross country championships and have that as a big solid hit out.”

The 2014 Commonwealth Games representative will take plenty of confidence to Chicago in bid for a maiden Olympics appearance.

“It shows that I’m in good form and it good to have that reassurance, I’ve been doing a lot of hard work and it shows that it has all been paying off.”

2015 IAAF world cross country representative Courtney Powell has delivered back-to-back national titles after moving ahead of London 2012 marathon runner Jessica Trengove in the last kilometre of the 8k race.

“I’m really happy, it was in Melbourne which meant a few of the girls got to come and watch,” Powell said.

“It was really good to have all the naughty spectators cheering who weren’t in the spectator zone, as they were all over the course, so yeah I’m really happy.”

After a consistent season on track and road Powell is building up to her first Zatopek:10 race this December.

“I’m going to take on my first 10km track at Zatopek, I don’t know what it is going to be like, it will be a really good test for me, there is bound to be plenty of quality Australian and maybe even international runners in that race.”

Powell’s closest rival Trengove maintained the pressure in the final 500m but was unable to close the gap on the 2014 world junior 5000m representative.

“That was a real test, it was really good having her there and, all the other competitors.”

“I did what I had to win, I love racing, I was so excited to race,” Powell said.

“I just increased the pace a bit, I focused on, I know there weren’t to many hills but attacking the turns and I think that’s what got me away from everyone.”

Other results:

In the under 23 men’s category ACT made it a one-two with Johnson (36.06) and Matthew Baxter (36:15) taking first and second while Victorian based athlete Stewart McSweyn finished third with a time of 36:45 minutes.

In the under 23 rankings Powell topped the list with New South Wales pair Kate Spencer (28:15) and Sarah Waters (28:19).

For the first time a masters challenge was introduced and in the men’s category Victorian John Meagher took line honours in 40:30 minutes ahead of Queensland’s Matt Macdonald (40:45) and Tasmanian Daniel Smee (42:04).

It was all Victoria in the women’s masters event with Kate Seibold (30:31), Angela Williams (31:01) and Julia Edwards (31:16) filling the podium.

The home state took team honours in both the open men and women’s grades. It was a close call in the men’s open division with the Victoria (23) claiming honours over the ACT (24) by one point.

Key information:

Event webpage: Click here


Melbourne (Vic) will welcome endurance athletes from across the nation this weekend, as more than 900 competitors get set to compete at the Australian Cross Country Championships and the Australian Race Walking Championships.

Pitting the nation’s best distance running athletes against each other in the surrounds of the Moonee Valley Racecourse, the Australian Cross Country Championships features races for athletes aged 10 through to open age over distances from 2km to 12km. The Championships are being hosted in Victoria for the first time since 2008.

The Open Men’s race in particular boasts the strongest line up in many years. IAAF World Cross-Country Championships representatives Liam Adams (Vic) and Mitchel Brown (Vic), both former champions, will face competition from current state champion Nick Wightman (Vic) and City2Surf winner Brad Milosevic (NSW). Rhys Jones (SA), Stewart McSweyn (Vic), Toby Rayner (Vic) and three-time national champion and Olympian Martin Dent (ACT) will all be vying for line honours.

In the Open Women’s race, defending champion Courtney Powell (Vic) will start favourite, with IAAF World Cross Country Championships representative Gemma Maini (Vic) and Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist Jess Trengove (SA) the main threats. Milly Clark (NSW), the New South Wales champion, is another to watch along with IAAF World Junior Championships representative Kate Spencer (NSW).

“I’m really happy with my preparation for Nationals this year. I have been lucky to have had a block of good consistent training since the Albert Park 10km,” Powell remarked.

“Anything can happen on race-day but over the past couple of months I’ve been feeling fit and strong – touch wood.”

A collaboration between Athletics Australia and School Sport Australia, the Australian Cross Country Championships are proudly supported by the Victorian Government through the Department of Sport & Recreation.

The Championships are the biggest out-of-stadium event on the Australian athletics calendar, with the continued growth in participation one of the event’s most vital assets.

“Cross country running is a feature of Australia’s winter athletics calendar. The national championships provide a vital opportunity for competitors throughout the season to vie for coveted national titles,” Tracey Gaudry, Athletics Australia’s General Manager, Commercial & Growth, said.

“We sincerely thank the Victorian Government for their support of the Australian Cross Country Championships and the promotion and growth of athletics in Victoria. In delivering the Championships, our partnership with School Sport Australia is highly successful, and we are delighted to see an increase in competitors in many categories.”

To view live results for the Australian Cross Country Championships, please click here. The page will become active on event day (29 August 2015).

For more information on the Australian Cross Country Championships, presented by Athletics Australia and School Sport Australia, please click here.

For more information on the Australian Race Walking Championships, please click here.


Commonwealth high jump champion Eleanor Patterson has progressed to the final on day six of the IAAF world championships in Beijing, China.

“I was definitely ready. I’ve been waiting for a bit,” Patterson said.

Patterson passed at the opening height of 1.80 metres before clearing her first attempt at 1.89 metres.

“I’ve learned a lot from this, but now I am just going to get ready for the next one. I’m just keen to come back and get out there. It was a whole different experience, this competition. There were similarities to Glasgow, but you just have to stay calm.”

With the bar raised to 1.89m Patterson made a slight error, having to using a second leap to clear the mark.

Bouncing back at 1.92m Patterson made easy work of the height, enough to secure passage to Saturday night’s final. On count-back 13 athletes will feature in the final.

“I’m not focusing on anything too much here. It’s about relaxing and jumping how I know I can jump. I’ll work with my coach and do my best. I have to stay calm and jump, that’s what I love to do.”

In her first major senior international championships Brooke Stratton missed out on progressing to the long jump final with her best effort of 6.64 (w: +0.5) leaving her fourteenth place overall.

“14th in the WORLD at my first senior international championships, Absolutely shattered to have missed the final by 4cms, but I can’t complain with 6.64m! So thankful for all the support from family, friends and  it was so special having @nathanbuschkuehl and @_paulastratton in the crowd cheering! Huge thank you to Russ for getting me here also! Time to enjoy the rest of my time in Beijing,” Stratton Instagramed.

VIS athlete Ryan Gregson was unable to progress to the 1500m semi-finals after finishing seventh in heat one of the 1500m with a time 3:43.66 minutes.


Key Information:

What: IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015
When: Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 August, 2015
Where: Beijing National Stadium – Bird’s Nest


2015 IAAF world cross country representative Courtney Powell has the opportunity to be the first women since Victorian Anna Thompson in 2006-07, to win back-to-back Australian cross country championships this Saturday 29 August at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

I’m so excited nationals are in Melbourne this year, having the opportunity to try and win back-to-back national titles in front of a home crowd is very motivating,” Powell said.

20-year-old Powell lead Victoria to team honours at the 2014 edition in Albany, Western Australia with a winning time of 28 minutes and 0.3 seconds over a flat 8km course last August and, will once again lead the way for the Big V alongside team captain and Frankston athlete Gemma Maini.

“I’m really happy with my preparation for nationals this year. I have been lucky to have had a block of good consistent training since the Albert Park 10km,” Powell said.

Powell has since linked up with Melbourne Track Club coach Nic Bideau and developed into one of Australia’s hottest running prospects, breaking through at Athletics Victoria’s Albert Park 10km road race in June with a blistering time of 32 minutes and 33.6 seconds.

To put that into perspective the Rio 2016 Olympic Games 5000m qualification standard is 15 minutes and 20.00 seconds.

“I am so lucky to have Nic (Bideau) as my coach and be surrounded by so many athletes I look up to. I have faith in how he is developing me as an athlete, which does boost my confidence when I line up for important races. Unfortunately most of MTC has been overseas throughtout winter but, I have had a great group of guys to warm up and down with,” Powell said.

Powell sent a strong indication she is ready to defend her national title by winning the tough XCR’15 Brimbank Park 6km cross country event earlier this month.

“Anything can happen on race-day but over the past couple of months I’ve been feeling fit and strong…touch wood,” Powell said.

After a consistent season training and competing across track and road, Powell will turn her attention to Zatopek:10 later this year, with a potential step up to 10,000m.

“It has been mentioned by Nic recently that I may take on my first 25-lapper at Zatopek:10,” Powell said.

“Obviously I’m only 20 and even though the 10km will most likely be my best event in the future I’ve got to improve over the shorter distances.”

“Zatopek:10 will be an amazing opportunity to run against Australia’s best 10km runners and really test myself,” Powell said.

Victoria will once again go into the championships as favourites to take out both the men’s and women’s team categories with a number of XCR’15 regulars including; Nick Wightman (Deakin) and Toby Rayner (Glenhuntly) set to line up in the Big V singlet.

City to Surf second place finisher and Ballarat based Stewart McSweyn will step up to the open division this year, adding considerable depth to the Victorian men’s team.

The first recognised interstate meeting for cross country racing in Australia took place in 1908 at Victoria Park Racecourse in Sydney.

The event was only open to men and Ballarat Harriers Charles Suffren won the five mile race with Victoria also claiming the team’s event ahead of New South Wales.

The first recognised Australian cross country championships was held in 1910 at Elwick Racecourse, Hobart over 10 miles and was won by New South Wales athlete Andrew Wood in 60 minutes and 50 seconds.

The first women’s race was introduced in 1960 in Brisbane and was won by Victorian Jan McDonald over a 1.5 mile course.

Legendary distance runner Steve Moneghetti aged 20 first won a bronze medal in 1983 before winning the 2003 championships 20 years later.

Live results will be available online:

Victorian team:

Female: Gemma Maini (Frankston – Captain),  Karinna Fyfe (Glenhuntly), Sarah Waters (Deakin), Tracey Austin (Malvern Harriers), Alexandra Paterson (Old Xaverians), Courtney Powell (Box Hill).

Reserves: Virginia Moloney  (Collingwood Harriers), Amelia Aslanides (Glenhuntly)

Male: Nick Wightman (Deakin – Captain), Toby Rayner (Glenhuntly), Steve Kelly (Box Hill), William Potter (Box Hill), Nicolas van Raaphorst (Ballarat YCW), Stewart McSweyn (Eureka).

Reserves: Ryan Geard (Athletics Essendon)

Key information:
What: Australian Cross Country Championships, Melbourne 2015
When: Saturday 29 August, 2015
Where: Moonee Valley Race Course (Google Maps)
Webpage: Click here
Social media: @athsvic


Two-time Olympian Jeff Riseley was forced to withdraw from the 800m semi-finals on day two of action at IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015.

Battling acute soreness to his plantar facia, the 800m Australian champion decided to focus solely on his preparation for Rio 2016.

“This isn’t the result that I wanted but it’s the best decision to ensure my preparation for Rio. I worked hard with the Athletics Australia medical team and my coach to give myself the best possible chance for a start in the semi-final, but during my warm up I could not do what I needed to do to run well. I don’t want to compete at a level any less than what I know I am capable of. It’s disappointing, but in my best interest long term,” Riseley said.

On the opening day of competition Riseley finished strongly to automatically progress from 800m heat five of six in a time of 1:46.79, before succumbing to injury.

“I came here in amazing shape and think I showed that in the heat. The plan now is to recover and make sure that I take a similar level of preparation to the Olympic Games. I know I am able to run well against the best at a major championship and plan on doing that through more than the first round next year.”

Knox middle distance runner Melissa Duncan finished tenth in heat one of the 1500m with a time of 4:09.29 to just miss out on progressing to the semi-finals.

“So grateful and proud to be able to have such a quick comeback from a stressie to represent Australia at the World Champs and, only just miss out on a spot in the semi,” Duncan Instagramed.

“I couldn’t have come back so seamlessly without the huge support from Run Canberra and Athletics Australia, couldn’t be more grateful for your belief in me. So excited for the year ahead.”

Using the 20km event as preparation for the his more fancied 50km Jared Tallent was the best of the Victorian’s finishing 26th in 1:24.19 while fellow Big V walker Chris Erickson finished 32nd with a time of 1:25.15.

Victorian athletes:

Men (8)

800m: Jeff Riseley (VIS)
1500m: Jeff Riseley (VIS), Ryan Gregson (VIS)
5000m: Collis Birmingham, Brett Robinson (VIS)
High jump: Joel Baden (VIS)
20km walk: Chris Erickson (VIS), Jared Tallent
50km walk: Chris Erickson (VIS), Jared Tallent
Masters 800m: Allan Cook

Women (11)

1500m: Melissa Duncan (VIS)
High jump: Eleanor Patterson
Long jump: Brooke Stratton (VIS)
Javelin: Kathryn Mitchell (VIS)
3000m Steeplechase: Genevieve LaCaze (VIS)
Marathon: Sinead Diver, Sarah Klein
20km walk: Kelly Ruddick, Rachel Tallent
4x400m relay: Jess Gulli, Morgan Mitchell (VIS)

Key Information:

What: IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015
When: Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 August, 2015
Where: Beijing National Stadium – Bird’s Nest


Dual Olympian Jeff Riseley will headline a nineteen strong Victorian contingent selected to represent Australia at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 from Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 August in the Chinese capital.

“If you’re not 100 percent in any race, especially at a world championships or Olympics you get exposed, I’ve been lucky enough to make every team and it’s about getting in a routine where you get home from previous championships and you start preparing again, you’ve got to create a good environment and be good enough to get through the domestic season at 80/90 percent and have something up your shelve to go to Europe and go to another level,” Riseley said.

Beijing’s ‘Bird’s Nest’ might not bring back fond memories for Riseley after an illness plagued 2008 Olympic Games campaign, but, the reigning 800m and 1500m national champion will head to the Olympic stadium full of confidence this time around, clocking 1:44.99 in Italy last month, his fastest time over 800m in three years.

Along with a strong European summer, Riseley will draw on last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games where he showcased his ability to run well at a championship.

“Glasgow was probably the big turning point, five races in five days and coming away with two fifths and, being so close to a medal in the 800m.

I’d turn up to a lot of major championships, I’d run really fast times in Europe and probably went in with too much expectation internally and perhaps was just never able to perform.

I made a change of environment, team and personnel and turned up to Glasgow and took each heat as it came, trying to build, in the first heat I snuck up the inside and won in the 800m and that sort of set the tone for the rest of championships,” Riseley said.

28-year-old Riseley will be Australia’s sole competitor in the 800m after fellow Victorian and Australian record holder Alex Rowe announced his withdrawal from the championships in July.

And, the 800m has drawn plenty of attention in recent weeks with American national champion Nick Symmonds being left off the US team after a dispute involving athletes’ individual endorsements and requirements to wear official team gear.

Through the IAAF roll-down process Riseley and national record holder Ryan Gregson will line up in the 1500m in Beijing.

Commonwealth high jump champion Eleanor Patterson will have the might of Europe to contend with this month in Beijing as she eyes a third medal from three major international championships having also won gold at the world youth championships in 2013 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

19-year-old Patterson matched her national junior high jump record and personal best of 1.96m at the 2015 Australia Junior Athletics Championships last March to qualify for the world championships before narrowly missing three attempts at 1.98m, which would have been a national record.

Patterson will need to bring her natural competitive edge to the Bird’s Nest with Russian Anna Chicherova holding a world lead height of 2.03m in 2015.

Victoria will have nine athletes compete at the IAAF World Championships for the first time, Joel Baden, Allan Cook (Masters), Melissa Ducan, Patterson, Brooke Stratton, Sinead Diver, Genevieve LaCaze,  Sarah Klein, Kelly Ruddick, Rachel Tallent, Jess Gulli and Morgan Mitchell.

Australia has claimed 31 medals overall since 1983, including; 10 gold, nine silver and 12 bronze. The United States is the most successful nation with a total of 300 medals of which 138 are gold.

Victorian’s make up half of Australia’s gold medals won at an IAAF World Championships; Cathy Freeman (2x 400m), Jana Pittman (2x 400m Hurdles), Rob de Castella (Marathon) and Nathan Deakes (50km walk).

Beijing 2015 will be the fourth time the championships has been held in the Asian region, with both Japan and Korea hosting past editions and, will be the first major international athletics championships in the Bird’s Nest since the 2008 Olympic Games.

Since 1991 the championships have occurred biennially and 2015 will mark the 15th edition of the IAAF world championships. Following on from Beijing, the event will head to another Olympic stadium, London’s Olympic Park in 2017.

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Victorian athletes:

Men (8)
800m: Jeff Riseley (VIS)
1500m: Jeff Riseley (VIS), Ryan Gregson (VIS)
5000m: Collis Birmingham, Brett Robinson (VIS)
High jump: Joel Baden (VIS)
20km walk: Chris Erickson (VIS), Jared Tallent
50km walk: Chris Erickson (VIS), Jared Tallent
Masters 800m: Allan Cook

Women (11)
Melissa Duncan (VIS)
High jump: Eleanor Patterson
Long jump: Brooke Stratton (VIS)
Javelin: Kathryn Mitchell (VIS)
3000m Steeplechase: Genevieve LaCaze (VIS)
Marathon: Sinead Diver, Sarah Klein
20km walk: Kelly Ruddick, Rachel Tallent
4x400m relay: Jess Gulli, Morgan Mitchell (VIS)

Key Information:
What: IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015
Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 August, 2015
Where: Beijing National Stadium – Bird’s Nest


2014 IAAF World Masters Female athlete of the Year Lavinia Petrie this weekend completed a rare feat winning five gold medals from five events at the 2015 World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France.

Competing in the women’s 70 category, the Ringwood athlete claimed honours in the 1500m, 5000m, Cross Country 8km, 10,000m and half marathon to confirm her status as one of the world’s best master’s athletes.

Full results:

W70 1500m
1              W71 Australia             6:13.95

W70 5000m
1                W71 Australia            22:01.27

W70 XC 8000m

1              W71 Australia             36:57.00

W70 10000m

1              W71 Australia             45:02.26

W70 Half Marathon
1             W71 Australia           1:41:52.00#

Complete results here:


Track season is back… Has your school signed up for the 2015 Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships at Lakeside Stadium on Thursday 3 September?

You and your school mates have the opportunity to take on the rest of Victoria in various relay races including; 4x100m, 4x400m, a medley and 4x800m.

Entries close: 12:00pm (midday) Monday 24 August – Don’t forget no late entries are accepted.

Make sure you speak to your sports coordinator, coach or teacher today to organise your entry.

What? 2015 Victorian All Schools Track Relay Championships
When? Thursday 3 September
Where? Lakeside Stadium (Google Map)
Website? To enter and for more event information click here


Athletics Australia selectors have confirmed that the Chinese capital of Beijing (CHN) will welcome an Australian Flame team of at least 42 athletes for the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015.

With the team likely to grow in the coming days as a result of organisers extending invitations to additional athletes via the newly introduced IAAF roll-down process, the Australian team boasts reigning world medallists Kim Mickle (WA, javelin) and Jared Tallent (Vic, race walk) and 2014 Commonwealth champions Eleanor Patterson (Vic, high jump), Alana Boyd (Qld, pole vault) and Dani Samuels (NSW, discus throw), additionally six athletes will compete at an open age major international championship for the first time.

The Australian Flame team is further bolstered by three athletes competing in exhibition masters events, to bring the overall green and gold squad to 45.

“The IAAF qualification period for selection closed earlier today and Athletics Australia Selectors have confirmed an Australian Flame team of at least 42 athletes, competing alongside three masters runners, who will start in exhibition events,” Dion Russell, Athletics Australia Chairman of Selectors, said.

“Excitingly the team is likely to grow in the coming days as the IAAF extend invitations via their new roll down process. This will see the team edge toward the 46 athletes who competed in Moscow two years ago, which was the equal second largest ever team we have sent to an IAAF World Championships.”

Russell confirmed that, in accordance with the selection philosophy for the IAAF World Championships, all athletes with a qualifier have been selected.

“It’s exciting that we have selected the largest possible team from the athletes that were eligible and available for selection. This adheres to our selection philosophy of selecting the strongest possible Australian Flame team as we continue our preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in less than 12 months’ time. The experience earned by our debutants will prove invaluable,” Russell added.

Competing at an open age major international championship for the first time are Joel Baden (Vic, high jump), Brooke Stratton (Vic, long jump), Julia Degan (NSW, marathon), Sinead Diver (Vic, marathon), Rachel Tallent (Vic, race walk) and Nina Kennedy (WA, pole vault).

Rachel and Jared Tallent are siblings and will both start in the race walk, while all of Boyd, Dane Bird-Smith (Qld, race walk) and Chris Erickson (Vic, race walk) will follow in their parents footsteps and start at the IAAF World Championships.

The youngest member of the team is Kennedy at 18-years-old. Excluding the masters athletes, Kelly Ruddick (Vic, race walk) is the oldest, while Victoria Mitchell (NSW) has impressively earned selection in the 3000m steeplechase seven years after she last competed for Australia at the IAAF World Championships.

At the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow (RUS), Australia won three medals – two silver, one bronze – and scored 27 points to place 16th of 203 competing nations. Additional top-eight performances were achieved by Zoe Buckman (Vic, 1500m), Kathryn Mitchell (Vic, javelin) and the men’s 4x400m relay team.

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For more information on the Australian Flame team, please click here to visit

 IAAF World Championships, Beijing (CHN) – 22-30 August 2015

MEN (15)

800m: Jeff Riseley (Vic), Joshua Ralph (NSW)

5000m: Collis Birmingham (Vic), Brett Robinson (Vic)

110m hurdles: Nicholas Hough (NSW)

Long jump: Fabrice Lapierre (NSW)

High jump: Joel Baden (Vic), Brandon Starc (NSW)

Discus throw: Benn Harradine (Qld), Julian Wruck (Qld)

Javelin: Hamish Peacock (Tas)

20km walk: Chris Erickson (Vic), Dane Bird-Smith (Qld), Jared Tallent (Vic)

50km walk: Chris Erickson (Vic), Jared Tallent (Vic)

Masters 800m: Allan Cook (Vic)


WOMEN (30)

100m: Melissa Breen (ACT)

200m: Ella Nelson (NSW)

1500m: Melissa Duncan (Vic)

5000m: Emily Brichacek (ACT), Madeline Heiner (NSW), Eloise Wellings (NSW)

100m hurdles: Michelle Jenneke (NSW)

400m hurdles: Lauren Wells (ACT)

3000m steeplechase: Madeline Heiner (NSW), Genevieve LaCaze (Qld), Victoria Mitchell (NSW)

High jump: Eleanor Patterson (Vic)

Pole vault: Alana Boyd (Qld), Nina Kennedy (WA)

Long jump: Brooke Stratton (Vic)

Discus throw: Dani Samuels (NSW)

Javelin: Kim Mickle (WA), Kathryn Mitchell (Vic), Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT)

Marathon: Julia Degan (NSW), Sinead Diver (Vic), Sarah Klein (Vic)

20km walk: Kelly Ruddick (Vic) Beki Smith (NSW), Rachel Tallent (Vic)

4x400m relay: Jess Gulli (Vic), Morgan Mitchell (Vic), Lyndsay Pekin (WA), Anneliese Rubie (NSW), Lauren Wells (ACT)

Masters 400m: Julie Forster (NSW), Gianna Mogentale (NSW)

Selection Notes:

–       Alex Rowe (Vic, 800m), Melanie Panayioutou (Qld, marathon), Tanya Holliday (SA, race walk), Ben St Lawrence (NSW, 10,000m) and Zoe Buckman (Vic, 1500m) have withdrawn from the Australian Flame team for Beijing 2015 due to injury.

–       Athletes invited to compete via the IAAF Roll-Down process will be announced as official selections upon receipt and confirmation of the invitation from the IAAF.

Beijing 2015 coverage on SBS and Eurosport

In a coup for athletics in Australia, the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing (CHN) on 22-30 August will enjoy unrivaled coverage on both SBS 2 and Eurosport Australia.

Delivering the very best athletics has to offer to homes across the nation, the broadcast partnership between the IAAF and SBS Television will see a one-hour highlights package in prime-time on SBS 2 each night of the championships, while Eurosport Australia will feature every session live and in full.

Athletics Australia’s General Manager, Commercial & Growth, Tracey Gaudry, believes the partnership will provide a catalyst for promoting the sport of athletics, declaring the broadcast agreement a resounding breakthrough.

“This is an outstanding result. Acquiring a strong partnership for the broadcast of our sport is key to the appeal and growth of athletics in Australia. The continued relationship we enjoy with SBS and the burgeoning partnership with Eurosport Australia is very special,” Gaudry said.

“Athletics at its best is one of the most engaging and entertaining sports in the world. Our top athletes will compete as the Australian Flame alongside champions from across the world. We are thrilled that the Australian community will have the opportunity to enjoy the action.”

SBS prides itself on the coverage of major global sporting events. In 2015 it will be the free-to-air home of the IAAF World Championships for the eighth consecutive time.

“The IAAF World Championships is the premier event on the athletics calendar and SBS is pleased to provide fans with access to daily coverage on free-to-air television,” Ken Shipp, SBS Director of Sport, said.

Eurosport Australia has made an extensive commitment to their coverage of athletics on pay-television as the Australian broadcaster of the IAAF Diamond League, the World University Games and international marathons from around the globe.

“Eurosport is the home of world athletics in Australia. As the broadcaster of the superb and renowned lead-in series, the IAAF Diamond League, Eurosport is thrilled for the first time ever to be able to offer every event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships live,” Mandy Pattinson, Executive Vice President & General Manager, ANZ, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said.

“Australian athletics fans can enjoy watching the world’s best, including many of our own Australian champions. You won’t miss a minute of the action on Foxtel Channel 511.”

The IAAF World Championships are the pinnacle able-bodied athletics event this year, with athletes from across the world to battle it out for the coveted title of world champion. The Australian Flame team is currently 32-strong, with this number set to expand even further after the close of the qualification period on 9 August 2015. Three athletes will also compete in exhibition masters’ events.

For more information on the IAAF World Championships, please visit the event sub-site at by clicking here.

For more information on the Australian Flame team, please visit by clicking here.

Click here for full broadcast details on the Athletics Australia website.