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1 Milburn ready to fire on Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:32 am

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Milburn ready to rise to the occasion
By Luke Pentony
ABC Sport
Posted 20th September 2010


When Joel Milburn booked his ticket to the Delhi Commonwealth Games last April, it is not surprising relief was the most overwhelming emotion he experienced.

Milburn's third placing in the men's 400 metres final at the national championships in Perth - which doubled as the selection trials - had looked unlikely for much of the preceding Australian Athletics Tour, due to a less than solid start to his 2010 campaign.

And as one of four athletes to have run under the A qualifying mark and with only three places available in the individual event for Delhi, Milburn did not need to do the math to realise his showing at nationals would decide whether he made the trip to India simply as a relay runner.

"It's very cut-throat, I was definitely a little bit worried," Milburn recently told Grandstand Online.

"So, I just had to try and trust myself and hope that it would all come together in the end and fortunately it managed to do that for me."

Milburn's faith in his ability to peak when necessary paid dividends when he collected the bronze at nationals with a season best of 45.74.

It was a far cry from how the Beijing Olympian opened the year however, running 46.63 and 47.11 to finish third in under-strength fields at both the Canberra and Brisbane legs of the Australian Athletics Tour.

His fortunes did not improve at the Sydney Track Classic in February when he finished a disappointing sixth (46.30), nor at the IAAF's World Challenge meeting in Melbourne in early March where his 47.01 saw him come home fifth.

Desperate times often call for desperate measures, but such is the maturity of the 24-year-old Milburn he refused to panic.

Following Melbourne he had six weeks to prepare for nationals and he used that time wisely by combining a solid training block with some encouraging results on the track.

A 46.17 to win the Adelaide Invitational meet in mid-March and a 46.02 to claim the one lap crown at the New South Wales championships were noteworthy performances, not because of the times but rather Milburn's impressive race structure.

They also added further weight to Milburn's belief that he is an athlete that needs to run himself into form.

"I was pretty shaky at the start of the season, a little bit inconsistent and I managed to just get a little bit of consistency right before the national championships," he said.

"Four-hundred metre running for me personally is one of those things where I really need to get some consistent runs in and it doesn't matter if they are all that fast, but if they're consistently at a certain time then you know you're going to make improvement from that.

"So, I knew it was all there about three weeks before the trials and I managed to pull it together at the right time."

Eating up pressure.
Another performance characteristic in Milburn's favour is his ability to rise to the occasion.

The Penny Gillies-trained athlete showed this when he marked his major meet debut by running a personal best of 44.80 in the first round heats at the 2008 Olympics and he backed up by finishing third in his semi-final with a 45.06, only one place off progressing to the final.

It is little wonder that Milburn, who had also won the national title earlier that year, is not one to be daunted by pressure.

"I love it, I love it, I run all my best times in the major championships," he said.

"One of my defaults at the moment is that I find it hard to get up for the smaller meets, which is kind of why I had a rocky start to the season.

"I find it hard to get myself racing fast early on but when it comes to the big ones, including the trials, I manage to pull the times out at those big meets, so I'll be looking to do that again in Delhi."

Milburn is now fine-tuning his preparation ahead of the Games, which get underway on October 3, and he recently ran 46.90 to finish seventh at the Notturna di Milano meet in Italy.

He would no doubt be disappointed with the time but the fact he knows what it takes to get under the still revered 45-second barrier is an advantage he will take to Delhi.

"It's one of those things - with sprinting anyway - if you've done it before it makes it easier to do the second time," he said.

"So I haven't managed to do it yet but I'm sure I'll be able to do it this year, so fingers crossed."

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