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Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay

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1 Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay on Thu May 03, 2012 1:04 pm

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May 3: International Track & Field Meet – Shizuoka (JPN)

4 x 100m relay (women): Charlotte Van Veenendaal (Qld), Hayley Butler (NSW), Jessica Knox (NSW), Melissa Breen (ACT), Crystal Attenborough (NT) (final team to be announced)

Tonight, the Australian women's 4 x 100m team (see above) will attempt to run a time that will improve their current position on the IAAF relay rankings and give us a greater buffer ahead of the teams ranked 17th or higher. The top 16 teams will qualify for the Olympic Games.

Australia currently sits 14th with a combined time of 87.48s (43.69 & 43.79). Great Britain is in 13th position with a combined time of 87.35s (43.50 & 43.85). For Australia to go ahead of Great Britain, we would need to run 43.65s. This would give Australia a combined time of 87.34s.

The teams that are Australia's greatest threat to being pushed outside the top 16 are:

17th China - 87.91 (43.90 & 44.01)
18th Switzerland - 87.94s (43.90 & 44.04)
19th Belarus - 88.05s (43.67 & 44.38)
20th Begium - 88.14s (44.00 & 44.14)

Bahamas who had a best 2011 time of 43.62s, ran 44.14s at the Penn Relays on the weekend to improve to 16th and push China back to 17th.

Of the teams 17th to 20th - Only Belarus has a time inside Australia's best time of 43.69. However its back up time is well outside 44s, so it would need Belarus to run 43.80 to jump ahead of Australia. The other teams will need to run a time much faster than they have run in the last 12 months to oust Australia from the top 16.

There's no doubt that if Australia remains inside the top 16, it will send a team to London. With Sally Pearson and Melissa Breen in outstanding form this summer, it would 'only' need a couple of 11.6 athletes for Australia to be a chance for the Olympic Games final.

At the Daegu World Champs in 2011, Australia ran 43.79 to finish 10th overall. Australia beat Great Britain (43.95) in the heat and ran a faster time than both Switzerland (44.04) & Belarus (44.38). Belgium did not have team at the 2011 World Champs.

While it would be fantastic for the girls to run 43.65s or better and improve on their 14th place, without Sally Pearson it will be a massive task.

As at today, Australia's time of 44.01s in Brisbane in January is currently the 4th fastest time by a country this year, behind the USA, Jamaica & Nigeria.

Obviously we can't rest on our laurels, but at this stage Australia has a good buffer (0.43s) in the women's 4 x 100m and at this stage it should be enough to see them in London. BUT let's hope they go faster in the next week to make it a certainty.

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2 Re: Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay on Fri May 04, 2012 9:07 am

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The women’s 4x100m team (in running order of) Melissa Breen (ACT), Charlotte Van Veenendaal (Vic), Hayley Butler (NSW) and Jessica Knox (NSW) finished 4th in 45.00. Their international ranking of 14th remains unchanged.

That's well below what we should have expected. I would have thought around the 44.5 mark to be OK. They do have 5 girls over there, so maybe a change to the line up in Kawasaki will see an improvement.


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3 Re: Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay on Sun May 06, 2012 5:27 pm

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SEIKO Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki
Kawasaki (JPN) - Sunday, May 06, 2012


Women's 4 x 100m Relay
1 Japan [JPN] 44.29
2 PR of China [CHN] 44.47
3 Japan "B" [JPN] 44.93
4 Japan Junior [JPN] 45.89
DNF Australia [AUS]
DNF New Zealand [NZL]

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Women's 4 x 100m Relay
1 Japan [JPN] 44.29
2 PR of China [CHN] 44.47
3 Japan "B" [JPN] 44.93
4 Japan Junior [JPN] 45.89
DNF Australia [AUS]
DNF New Zealand [NZL]

Team for Kawaski was:
Melissa Breen
Charlotte Vanveenendaal
Crystal Attenborough
Jessica Knox

Apparently the DNF was a result of a break down in the last exchange between Attenborough & Knox.

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4 Re: Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay on Mon May 21, 2012 9:32 am

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Grande Premio Brasil Caixa de Atletismo Rio de Janeiro (BRA) - Sunday, May 20, 2012

Women - 4x100 Metres
1 Brazil BRA 43.01
2 Colombia COL 43.58
3 Bahamas BAH 43.97
4 Venezuela VEN 45.19
Brazil "B" BRA DNF

Brazil was already 8th and the 43.01 does not improve their position. Likewise Colombia's 43.58 is slower than its 2nd fastest time of 43.53 so it will remain in 10th spot. The Bahamas 43.97 added to its best time of 43.62 give it an aggregate of 87.59 which lifts it to 15th and pushes China outside the top 16.

Most importantly Australia remains in 14th spot with its aggregate of 87.48.

About six weeks to go so it's a nervous wait for the Aussie female sprinters....


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5 Re: Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay on Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:51 am

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Currently ranked 16th, Australia is in serious danger of being put out of the top 16 over the next three weeks and having the team pulled from the Olympics. That would be devastating for Charlotte Vanveenendaal, Hayley Butler & Jess Knox. Not sure if any relay comps have been organised for the women's 4x100m team but it would have to be strongly considered given that the teams 17th to 19th on the rankings are are all European and have a few more chances to run a time that could displace Australia. Only 0.07 between Australia & Poland.... Mad

IAAF Relay Rankings
as at 11th June 2012

4x100m WOMEN

Rank - Country - Aggregate
1 USA 83.50
2 JAMAICA 83.93
3 UKRAINE 85.14
4 FRANCE 85.30
5 NIGERIA 85.67
6 RUSSIA 85.71
7 BRAZIL 85.80
8 NETHERLANDS 86.34
9 GERMANY 86.52
10 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 86.87
11 COLUMBIA 86.97
12 JAPAN 87.04
13 BELARUS 87.21
14 GREAT BRITAIN 87.35
15 BAHAMAS 87.36
16 AUSTRALIA 87.48

Next four are:
17 POLAND 87.55
18 SWITZERLAND 87.71
19 BELGIUM 87.84
20 PUERTO RICO 87.86

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6 Re: Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay on Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:11 am

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Australia still hanging on to 16th place in the IAAF Rankings. Only movement in the last fortnight has been Bahamas moving up two places to 13th, improving their aggregate to 87.14 (from 87.36).

IAAF Relay Rankings
as at 25th June 2012
4x100m WOMEN


Rank - Country - Aggregate
1 USA 83.50
2 JAMAICA 83.93
3 UKRAINE 85.14
4 FRANCE 85.30
5 NIGERIA 85.67
6 RUSSIA 85.71
7 BRAZIL 85.80
8 NETHERLANDS 86.34
9 GERMANY 86.52
10 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 86.87
11 COLUMBIA 86.97
12 JAPAN 87.04
13 BAHAMAS 87.14
14 BELARUS 87.21
15 GREAT BRITAIN 87.35
16 AUSTRALIA 87.48

Next four are:
17 POLAND 87.55
18 SWITZERLAND 87.71
19 BELGIUM 87.84
20 PUERTO RICO 87.86

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7 girls 4 x 100m on Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:45 pm

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The girls are out. Poland and Switzerland just jumped ahead after heat 1 in the European champs

8 Re: Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay on Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:56 pm

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The semis have been run and unfortunately runs from Poland, Great Britain and Switzerland have pushed Australia out of the top 16


Rank - Country - Aggregate
1 USA 83.50
2 JAMAICA 83.93
3 UKRAINE 85.14
4 FRANCE 85.30
5 NIGERIA 85.67
6 RUSSIA 85.71
7 BRAZIL 85.80
8 NETHERLANDS 86.34
9 GERMANY 86.52
10 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 86.87
11 POLAND 86.90 (ran 43.13)
12 COLUMBIA 86.97
13 GREAT BRITAIN 87.01 (ran 43.51)
14 JAPAN 87.04
15 BAHAMAS 87.14
16 BELARUS 87.21

Next four are:
17 SWITZERLAND 87.32 (ran 43.51)
18 AUSTRALIA 87.48
19 BELGIUM 87.65 (ran 43.81 but didnt change their position)
20 PUERTO RICO 87.86

Sorry Matenga I mistakingly deleted your last post. Great Britain was DQ'ed as you had said and that now puts GB into17th place and out of the Olympics, with Switzerland jumping into that all important 16th spot.

9 Re: Australian WOMEN'S 4 x 100m relay on Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:43 pm

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Thanks for the update chicka & Matenga, albeit the news is terrible for us.

Devastating for Charlotte Van veenendaal, Hayley Butler & especially Jessica Knox who at 33 had her last chance to make an Olympic team.

This also has dire consequences for future events as it is these major championships (Olympics) that offer the opportunity to record a time to qualify for future events like the 2013 world champs.



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