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Glasgow: Just the Beginning for Brooke Stratton

There was a sense of balance and purpose as Brooke Stratton stood at the top of the runway for her first jump at this years National Championships. Everything was perfect, the weather was as good as you could expect for Melbourne in April and more importantly the wind was going to play it’s part in what would eventually be a defining moment in Stratton’s long jumping career.   Coming into the 2014 National Championships Stratton was having one of her most consistent domestic seasons, after what could only be described as a &ls...

Hard road for Mo: A Column By Len Johnson

When Mo Farah hit the road mid-way through last month’s New York half-marathon he no doubt realised there is no ‘soft’ way to land on the bitumen. It is to be hoped Mo did not forget that when he again hit the road at the finish of the race, this time in a faint, his collapse apparently due to a combination of delayed shock from the fall, the further impact of chasing hard to regain the leaders, and the freezing cold conditions he encountered in New York straight off warm-weather training in Kenya. It was a timely reminder of...

Can this man run another 'pb'? By Len Johnson

Remember the arresting image of a lightning bolt above Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium just as Usain Bolt crossed the finish line to win the 100 metres at last year’s world championships. Even the gods seemed to be working in harmony with the great man. Coming on top of Bolt’s self-elevation to legend status after retaining both his Olympic titles in London a year earlier, Moscow’s implied celestial acclaim was . . .  well, a godsend. When you have already anointed yourself, the next step is recognition from another worl...

Jonas Aranda Interview: Harvard Bound

Recently, young West Australian middle distance runner, Jonas Aranda received an exciting offer to continue his education and athletic career at Harvard University. We scratched beneath the surface and discovered Jonas is the product of a long line of successful middle distance runners from Aquinas College, which traces back to Olympic 1500m champion Herb Elliot. Furthermore, his training group in Perth is producing some of Australia’s top middle distance talent, including Sam McEntee, who last year ran 3.36 for 1500m and 7.54 for 3000m ...

Wrap: IAAF Melbourne World Challenge

The Australian javelin record belongs to Kim Mickle (WA) after she threw a monster 66.83m to win at the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge.   Eclipsing the previous mark of Louise Currey, who she met for the first time at the John Landy Lunch on Thursday, Mickle’s performance was but one of eight Commonwealth Games A-Qualifiers, with Kathryn Mitchell (Vic, javelin), Dani Samuels (NSW, discus), Sally Pearson (Qld, 100m hurdles), Josh Ralph (Vic, 800m), Jeff R...

 IAAF Melbourne World Challenge tonight

The eyes of athletics world will be firmly focused on Melbourne on Saturday 22 March as theIAAF Melbourne World Challenge brings to a crescendo the 2014 Australian Athletics Tour.   One of the last crucial events ahead of the 92nd Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games Selection Trials early next month, the event will welcome more than 170 athletes from across the world as they battle it out for supremacy at the home of Victorian athletics, Lakeside Stadium.   The IAAF Melbourne World Challenge is the only tra...

Why coaches and athletes need longitudinal 3D gate analysis

WHY COACHES AND ATHLETES NEED LONGITUDINAL 3D GAIT ANALYSIS By Rafael Baugh (B.Sc Physio, Level 2 AA) As a running or triathlon coach we constantly look to objectively monitor change in our athletes over time. Recording split times, measuring cadence, reviewing training volume and analysing racing performances is all part of gaining feedback  and ultimately helping plot a course to better results for our athletes. This search for objectivity and longitudinal comparison is the primary benefit I see for coaches and athletes seeking to use t...

It pays to know the bloke on the gate: By Len Johnson

Prominent in the promotion of this week’s Australian Junior Championships and Sydney Track Classic has been the fact that this year marks the 20th birthday of SOPAC . Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre to give the facility its full title, but it’s been more simply ‘The Warm-Up Track’ – from when it actually was the warm-up track for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; or, even more simply, Homebush, for its location at the old NSW Homebush state abbatoir. I was one of those sorry to see athletics in New South Wales mo...

Don't worry about Mahler: By Len Johnson

Imagine the furore if government funding of the arts came with the sort of conditions that apply to sports. Orchestras would be told: “Don’t worry about Mahler, stick to the Pops.” Opera companies to forget about Wagner’s Ring Cycle and focus on Gilbert & Sullivan, or Mamma Mia. Writers to abandon the search for the Great Australian Novel and plump instead for a good pot-boiler. Oh, and don’t even bother applying for a grant unless you can demonstrate that you are a potential world top eight in your field, prefera...

Sally Pearson takes silver in Sopot

The Australian Flame captain Sally Pearson (Qld) has this morning won a SILVER medal in the women’s 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot (POL).   Adding a sixth major championship medal to her already impressive list of accolades, Pearson can now proudly display today’s silverware alongside her London 2012 Olympic crown, the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth title, gold medals from the IAAF World Championships and IAAF World Indoor Championships and her silver medal from the 100m hurdles a...