Below is an excerpt from the up and coming Australian Athlete Magazine, due to be released December, 2019. A jam-packed magazine, the ideal Christmas present or summer reading material. To secure your mag order now HERE

 

By Matt Lynch

This is going to be a full-on, comprehensive, top to bottom deep dive of the 2019 Australian/New Zealand sprinting season. Or not. I don’t know. You can decide at the end. Either way, I’ll attempt to review, evaluate and calculate the season of every track event that doesn’t have a bell.

 

Men’s 2019 100m review

Preview Snippet:  New kings were crowned in a phenomenal season over the blue riband event. The season proper started on a rain-soaked Canberra track and an index finger across the lips of Jack Hale, as he sent a shoosh across the land, handling the field in a very handy 10.23 (equal second fastest performance)……………

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Men’s 200m

Preview Snippet:  Thirteen athletes returned twenty-seven sub-21 second performances in 2019, with Samoa’s Jeremy Dodson reigning supreme with a 20.55 run in Golden, Colorado. A beautiful track situated next to the Coors Beer brewery. Worth a visit. Dodson also claimed the Oceania title, gaining him selection to Doha……………………

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Men’s 400m

Preview Snippet:  Don’t you just love the Canberra Track Classic. A ripper way to start the season, and Tyler Gunn did it in style. Pulling away from the field down the home straight, nearly going sub as he crossed in 46.09. After missing the 2018 world U20 champs in Tampere, Finland with a hammy issue, he snipped 0.76 off his best and stamped his authority on the rest of the 400m fraternity. Also, in the race, going sub for the first time in 46.78, the Blue Mountain’s chef, Ian Halpin…………………….

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Men’s 110m hurdles

Preview Snippet:  Another year of 110m hurdles and another year of Nicholas Hough dominance. Clocking 16 of the top 20 fastest Oceania times this year (and the top 13), Hough shuffled his way to another national title and added the Oceania title to his list of achievements. This led to him gaining selection to Doha where he made it through to the semi-finals, finishing 21st in the world. He literally just got married too, so he’s having a good 2019.

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Men’s 400m hurdles

Preview Snippet:  Since the retirement of London Olympians Tristan Thomas and Brendan Cole, there’s been one name on our 400m hurdles lips.

Ian Dewhurst.

Say it with me again.

Ian Dewhurst.

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Women’s 100m

Preview Snippet:  In what was a very interesting year for women’s sprinting, New Zealand’s Zoe Hobbs and Australia’s Naa Anang stood on top of the rankings as the only two athletes to run sub 11.4.

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Women’s 200m

Preview Snippet:  Canberra delivered as per schedule, with six of the fastest Oceania 200m season bests all coming from the ACT championships final. Zoe Hobbs came out on top with a 0.66 personal best in 23.19 and 2018 world U20 relay runner Nana Owusu-Afriyie smashed her best by 0.61 to clock 23.28. Surprising additions in that race were 400m hurdles queens Lauren Boden and Portia Bing, who both set bests of 23.47 and 23.57, setting them up for ripper seasons over the sticks (we’ll get to them shortly).

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Women’s 400m

Preview Snippet:  Honestly, a ridiculous year for the women’s 400m. We need to throw it back to December 2018, when Gabriella O’Grady decided to kick things off with a 52.38 in December. That race set the standard for what was a fantastic year of comebacks and breakthroughs all round.

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Women’s 100m hurdles

Preview Snippet:  An epic season for the women’s short hurdles saw us say goodbye to arguably the greatest athlete Australia has produced. In the G.O.A.T conversation along with Cathy Freeman, Sally Pearson said goodbye to competitive athletics this year and she left on top. A season’s best of 12.70 in Osaka and a 2020 Olympics qualifier, the reigning world champion retired in early August. Despite the loss of Sally, the strength of our short hurdlers was startling, filling three spots in the deserts of Doha.

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Women’s 400 hurdles

Preview Snippet:  Like all good sprints and hurdles, the season begins with a trip to Canberra. Boden led the field into the home straight as per usual, but a ridiculous, almost downhill run over the last 100m led Sarah Carli to take the win in 55.67 from Boden’s 55.72. A full 1.2s PB for Carli, as well as a Doha qualifier for both Carli and Boden.  An outlandish start to the season.

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