Athletics Australia Selectors have today confirmed the selection of 24 athletes, the most possible under IAAF rules, for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on 28 March 2015.
Set to battle it out with the best endurance athletes from around the globe in Guiyang (CHN), the decision means that Australia will field a full quota of six athletes in every event on the timetable.
“The Athletics Australia Selectors are pleased that we have been able to select a team of this size for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and we wish every athlete success in their preparation for what will be a very hard fought event,” Dion Russell, the Athletics Australia Chairman of Selectors said.
“In accordance with the aims of the Selection Policy, those selected have been identified as athletes who can achieve a top-32 finish as an individual or a top-eight finish as a team. We’ve also taken into account how this event will provide important major championships experience to those athletes we believe have the potential to represent Australia at future Olympic Games or World Championships.”
Automatic selections have been afforded to David McNeill (Vic), Harry Summers (NSW) and LiamAdams (Vic) in the men’s open event and Victoria Mitchell (NSW), Jessica Trengove (SA) andKate Spencer (NSW) in the women’s open event.
A marathon starter at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Adams’ selection will ensure his seventh appearance for Australia at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. McNeill, Summers and Mitchell will compete for the fourth time and Glasgow 2014 medallist Trengove for a second time, while Spencer will make her debut in the open age event after competing for Australia at the IAAF World Junior Championships last year.
All other selections have been made at the discretion of the Athletics Australia Selectors. Amongst them is Zatopek:10 winner Brett Robinson (Vic) and Glasgow 2014 starters Emily Brichacek (ACT, 5000m) and James Nipperess (NSW, 3000m steeplechase).
Australia has fielded a team at every instalment of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships since its inception in 1973, winning one individual medal (GOLD, Benita Willis, 2004) and two team medals (BRONZE, open women, 2008 and BRONZE, open women short course, 2006)
At the most recent instalment of the event in Bydgoszcz (POL) in 2013, the Australian team was 19-strong, with Collis Birmingham (Vic) leading the way with his 8th place in the open men’s event. His performance assisted the team to 7th overall.
For more information on the IAAF World Championships, please follow this link to the event page for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships at the IAAF website.
For more information on Australia’s history at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, please click here.
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
28 March 2015
12km (open): Liam Adams (Vic), Mitchel Brown (Vic), David McNeill (Vic), James Nipperess (NSW), Harry Summers (NSW), Brett Robinson (Vic)
8km (junior): Bryce Anderson (ACT), Charlie Hunter (NSW), Ben Kelly (Vic), Morgan McDonald (NSW), Nathan Pearce (Vic), Matthew Ramsden (WA)
8km (open): Emily Brichacek (ACT), Gemma Maini (Vic), Victoria Mitchell (NSW), Courtney Powell (Vic), Kate Spencer (NSW), Jessica Trengove (SA)
6km (junior): Sophie Eckel (SA), Jessica Hull (NSW), Amy McCormick (WA), Leanne Pompeani (ACT), Karlie Swanson (NSW), Brianna Thomas (Qld)