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Porter threat to Pearson while 4x4 boys off to Penn Relays

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/its-gold-game-on-for-sally/story-e6frexni-1226335621348

It's gold game on for Sally

By Mike Hurst
The Daily Telegraph
April 23, 2012



Britain's Tiffany Porter is seen as a major challenger to Australia's Sally Pearson in the 100m hurdles. Source: AP

THE first serious threat to Sally Pearson's gold medal ambitions in the London Olympic 100m hurdles emerged yesterday when British athletics team captain Tiffany Porter clocked a sizzling time to win in Gainesville, Florida.

Porter, one of the "plastic Brits" who switched nationalities to run for the Olympic host nation, clocked 12.47sec in her first outdoor race of the season. It is the equal 24th fastest time in history, but cannot be ratified as a British record because of a tailwind of 3.0m/sec.

Porter placed fourth at the world championships in Daegu, Korea, last year when Pearson won gold in 12.28sec but the Australian's coach, Sharon Hannan, had identified the former American as a major challenger because she had finished so well in the world final. Hannan's reaction to The Daily Telegraph's notification of Porter's run via Twitter was: "Wow. Game on!!"

Two NSW Central Coast sprinters, Kevin Moore and Matt Lynch, will join Sydney's Steve Solomon, Perth's Ben Offereins and Queenslander Alex Beck in an Australian bid to clock an Olympic qualifying time in the 4x400m relay at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia next weekend.

Lynch, the NSW 400m titleholder, was added to the squad when Sean Wroe needed surgery for a burst appendix.

Despite distance running not being funded as a "targeted event group" by Athletics Australia, 13 stayers have now been selected for the London Olympics, and yet still no coach.

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PENN RELAYS
4 x 400m Start List


Australia
Bahamas
Belgium
Dominican Republic
Germany
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Jamaica
Kenya
Saudi Arabia
Nigeria
Trinidad & Tobago
USA Blue
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Venezuela


It's on at 2.30pm (local time) on Saturday. With 14 teams entered I assume there will be two divisions.

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