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1 Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Fri May 04, 2012 9:12 am

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An Australian men's 4x400m relay team of Craig Burns (QLD), Alex Carew (VIC), Kurt Mulcahy (NSW) and Brendan Cole (ACT) placed second in 3:07.97 behind host nation Japan (3:05.52) at the Shizuoka International Track & Field Meet in Shizuoka (JPN).

That's a touch under 47secs per athlete.

After the 3-05.93 at the Penn Relays, (Beck, Moore, Offereins & Solomon) it appears our 400m stocks at the moment has dropped away in the last 12 months.






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2 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Sun May 06, 2012 6:23 pm

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Men's 4 x 400m ran 3-06.96 in Kawasaki.

TEAM:
Kurt Mulcahy
Tristan Thomas
Craig Burns
Alex Carew

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3 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Sun May 06, 2012 7:22 pm

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46.50, 46.80, 47.62, 46.04

4 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Tue May 08, 2012 10:33 am

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Next start for the men's 4 x 400m is Wednesday 16th May.

May 16: Colorful Daegu – Daegu (KOR)

Men's 4x400m relay: Sean Wroe (Vic), Steve Solomon (NSW), Ben Offereins (WA), Kevin Moore (NSW), Brendan Cole (ACT), Tristan Thomas (Tas) (team to be decided)

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5 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Tue May 15, 2012 9:41 am

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/london-games/australias-4x400m-mens-relay-team-under-pressure-to-clinch-london-berth/story-e6frgdg6-1226355277553

Australia's 4x400m men's relay team under pressure to clinch London berth

by: Glenda Korporaal
From:The Australian
May 15, 2012


ATHLETICS: The men's 4x400m relay team will have one of its few remaining chances to qualify for the London Olympics at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Daegu, Korea tomorrow.

The team must be in the top 16 in the world rankings to compete. At present it is 17th.

The men have until the July 2 cut-off date to achieve a top-16 world ranking, which is based on their two best recent performances.

The team at Daegu is without US-based John Steffensen who injured his hamstring running in the Stawell Gift in early April, but it will include Victorian Sean Wroe who was unable to compete in the Penn relays in Philadelphia in late April because of appendicitis.

The two injuries meant that Australia was unable to improve its world ranking at the Penn relays with the team of Alex Beck, Ben Offereins, Kevin Moore and Steven Solomon finishing only fourth in their heat with a slow time of 3min 05.93 sec.

Australia will field two teams tomorrow, chosen from Wroe, Beck, Solomon, Offereins, and Moore as well as Brendan Cole, Tristan Thomas, Matt Lynch and Alex Carew.

Australia's aggregate time stands at 6:07.40 as a result of a good time of 3:01.56 recorded in the heats of the world championships in Daegu last August and a poorer time of 3:05.84 in Brisbane this year.

Australia is ranked just behind Japan in the world listings in the event. With the African and European championships scheduled next month, there will be a tense wait to see if the Australian team can qualify for London.

Also hoping to achieve an Olympic qualifying mark at tomorrow's meeting is Perth-based pole-vaulter Vicky Parnov.

Parnov, 21, is the older sister of Liz Parnov, 18, who has already qualified.

Other athletes competing tomorrow in Daegu are 800m runner Jeff Riseley of Victoria and Victorian-based 1500m runners Zoe Buckman and Kaila McKnight who have been selected to go to London.

After the Daegu meeting the focus shifts to the second round of the Diamond League in Shanghai on May 19 when Beijing Olympic pole-vault gold medallist Steve Hooker will compete in his first meeting since jumping the Olympic qualifying height at an indoor event in Perth on Friday night.

Hooker, who has suffered from a loss of confidence in recent months following an injury last year, will be hoping to show he is back in form for high-level international competition.

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6 Australia 3:01.58 in Daegu on Thu May 17, 2012 8:11 am

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Colorful Daegu Championships Meeting Daegu (KOR)
Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Official Results - Men - 4x400 Metres Relay
1 Japan JPN 3:01.04
2 Australia AUS 3:01.58
3 Australia "B" AUS 3:07.29
4 Korea KOR 3:07.68
5 Korea "B" KOR 3:10.70

By my reckoning this catapults the Aussie men's 4 x 400m ranking up to 10th. (Overall aggregate of 6-03.14). With the 17th ranked team now France with an aggregate of 6-07.01, the Aussies should be safely inside the top 16 and have booked their ticket to London.

Great work & well done to the lads in the team - Steve Solomon, Ben Offereins, Brendan Cole and Tristan Thomas.


Japan also goes up the rankings to 11th (from 16th) with an aggregate of 6-03.68.




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7 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Thu May 17, 2012 10:45 am

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I watched it on the live stream. It was an awesome run by all 4. Steve ran a fantastic leg, Ben looked like his former self and the two 4 hurdlers held themselves well. Fantastic race!

8 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Thu May 17, 2012 10:59 am

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Thankfully someone had the common sense to determine that Solomon should start. In previous relays, I could not work out why an athlete who is clearly our best 400m runner & with so little experience at "indian file" type running would not be running first. It suits the team to have Solomon running where he is most comfortable and that's the only leg where it is in lanes all the way round.

Offereins (as arguably our second best athlete) on the second leg ensures the team avoids a lot of the traffic at the back. Cole is an ideal third leg athlete - experienced and mature in terms of running a measured leg regardless of the circumstances, he's tough as nails and holds his own in any company. Thomas completes the quartet in his best position given his current form. If Thomas was definitely in PB shape, say around 45.9, then you could put him in the number two slot.

Hopefully these guys keep the form going and John Steffensen returns in mid 45s shape. Maybe a Beck or Moore to be added for their youth and with an eye on the future.

All going well, they can definitely make the final in London.


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9 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Thu May 17, 2012 1:01 pm

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Lets not break out the champers just yet. Good buffer on other teams but still not certain. Gotta wait to Euro champs are over.

10 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Fri May 18, 2012 8:09 am

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/relay-team-all-but-secures-london-berth/story-e6frg7mf-1226359217619

Relay team all but secures London berth

by: Glenda Korporaal
From:The Australian
May 17, 2012


AUSTRALIA'S men's 4x400 metre relay team has all but booked a place in the London Olympics, after finishing a strong second in a meeting in Daegu, Korea.

The team of national 400m champion Steven Solomon, 2009 world champion bronze medallist Ben Offereins, 400m Olympic hurdle nominee Brendan Cole and Tasmanian Tristan Thomas came home in a time of 3:01.58.

This puts them 10th in the world rankings, well inside the top 16 they have to rank to qualify for the London Games.

Solomon, who was competing on his 19th birthday, described the race as “awesome.”

“The race couldn't have gone any better,” he said.

“My own 400 was a solid as I wanted it to be and, from what I could see, the other boys' runs were strong across the board.

“We knew what we had to do here and to come away with a result that sets us up the best we can for London is great.

“It certainly makes for a great birthday.”

“This is something that we knew would come but to now have it is oh so sweet.”

The team was racing without the US-based John Steffensen who injured a hamstring in the Stawell gift early last month.

Athletics Australia also yesterday nominated six athletes for the London marathon.

They are Jessica Trengrove from South Australia, Lisa Weightman (Victoria), Benita Willis (Victoria), Michael Shelley (Queensland), Martin Dent (ACT) and Jeff Hunt (NSW).

It also added two more athletes to the team nominated for London for the 20km walk, Chris Erickson (Victoria) and Adam Rutter (NSW).

Beijing Olympic bronze medallist, Jared Tallent from Victoria has already been nominated for the event.

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11 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Fri May 18, 2012 3:35 pm

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If Relay team is selected: Think keep it to 5 max. anymore is a luxury.

Not many chances left for qualifying, final selection for the teams is on 11th June. 3 weeks to run some times, prob rules out Wroe and Milburn.

Only chances for indiv spots are Solomon & Steffensen.
Solo going to World Juniors so thats his focus. Steff racing at Hengelo on 27th May.

Ben Offereins back in WA. should be in relay squad, ran 45.2 in Daegu. Cole will be there already and ran a 45.7 split in Daegu, gets him in.

Maybe Thomas as 5th man?

12 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Fri May 18, 2012 5:18 pm

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airtight wrote:If Relay team is selected: Think keep it to 5 max. anymore is a luxury.

Ben Offereins back in WA. should be in relay squad, ran 45.2 in Daegu. Cole will be there already and ran a 45.7 split in Daegu, gets him in.



Airtight, where are you getting splits from? There have been no official splits released yet, so it's best to save the spitballing of times.

Guarantee that Steffensen, Offereins and Solomon are in the squad. Cole can be added to team, regardless of being named in squad, so expect him to be in the mix.

If Thomas, runs and A in the 4h, expect that only one more position will become available. If he does not, then it will be a discretionary decision for two spots, with many more in the mix, all of whom will race June 2/3 and 8 in Gold Coast. Good news for Thomas is, he was apart of both teams in the last 3 years to post 301.

Expected To Race in Gold Coast: Wroe, Milburn, Moore, Beck, Lynch, Mulchay, Carew & Offereins.
Roughie FTW: Kurt Mulchay.

13 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Fri May 18, 2012 5:55 pm

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Where did you get the splits from? Can I get a link?

Lyn got Ben at 45.15, Steve 45.07, Cole 45.67 and Tristan 45.17

Eric got Ben as the fastest but not sure what times.

14 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Sat May 19, 2012 7:38 am

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JB wrote:Where did you get the splits from? Can I get a link?

Lyn got Ben at 45.15, Steve 45.07, Cole 45.67 and Tristan 45.17

Eric got Ben as the fastest but not sure what times.

Those times don't equal the final time? You need another 0.4 which I think you add to Tristan's run based on my analysis. How did Lyn get her splits?

I did splits off the fox coverage as i wasnt there and it is impossible to do Steve and Ben's split off that because you can't see the line when baton passes over it. So lyn must have some other footage or maybe she was in Daegu.

You can do Brendan and Tristan's though to a reasonable level of accuracy because you can see the baton cross the line at start and end of their legs. I am confident they both ran between 45.4-45.6. This leaves approx 1.30.4 for the first 2 legs. Both Ben and Steve ran awesome so I would say they were both low 45 as lyn had got but who did what exactly I can't assess with the fox footage.


In fact all four ran superbly as a team which is awesome and great to see them up to 10th on the ranking.
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15 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Sat May 19, 2012 10:01 am

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It was definitely off the television but unsure if Fox Sports too Matty. She may have watched another video but unsure. It would be good to know from someone who was there, but as you know even they can't be 100% accurate and subject to some discrepancy. One thing is for sure all four ran a fantastic race. Well done to Brendan as well, Matt.

I think those four should be the part of the main team and subject to how well John runs it should be between him and Kev for a final spot.. unless someone runs out of their skin at GC.

16 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Mon May 21, 2012 9:29 am

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

Men - 4x400 Metres
1 Venezuela VEN 3:01.88
2 Cuba CUB 3:02.21
3 Brazil BRA 3:05.48
4 Brazil "B" BRA 3:06.73
5 Colombia COL 3:07.01
6 World Select UND 3:09.44
7 Brazil "C" BRA 3:12.61

Not a great weekend for the Aussie 4 x 400m team. From what I can work out, both Cuba (new aggregate of 6-01.64) AND Venezuela (6-02.70) move ahead of Australia (6-03.14). Cuba up from 10th to 7th and Venezeula up from 14th to 10th. Aussies drop from 10th to 12th.

MEN'S 4x400m RANKINGS
1 USA 5-57.93
2 South Africa 5-59.08
3 Jamaica 5-59.23
4 Russia 6-01.03
5 Belgium 6-01.12
6 Great Britain 6-01.54
7 Cuba 6-01.64
8 Germany 6-02.05
9 Kenya 6-02.12
10 Venezeula 6-02.70
11 Bahamas 6-02.87
12 Australia 6-03.14
13 Japan 6-03.68
14 Trinidad 6-04.12
15 Dominican Rep. 6-04.54
16 Poland 6-05.46

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17 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Tue May 22, 2012 4:48 pm

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Friday is the first of the meets the athletes will need to run to secure a spot in the 4x400 relay. AA wants them to run in Gold Coast 26 May. Brisbane 2/3 June and 8 June. Names will be announced on 12th June. Mens 4x400 team 12th on IAAF rankings.
Only Solo & OFfereins prob safe. Steff to run 27 May , runs a good one there and he's in. Cole already in OG tean for 4hurdles.
Wroe, Milburn, Beck, Moore, Lynch, Thomas, Carew, Mulcahy (if all going) will need to run well in Qld to grab a spot.

18 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Mon May 28, 2012 10:06 am

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HENGELO (Nerthlands)
27th May 2012
Men - 400 Metres

1 Luguelín Santos DOM 44.45
2 Martyn Rooney GBR 44.97
3 Nery Brenes CRC 45.20
4 Joeri Moerman NED 46.34
5 Oscar Pistorius RSA 46.35
6 John Steffensen AUS 46.47
7 Andrew Steele GBR 46.48
8 Youssef El Rhalfioui NED 47.01

OK by Steffensen, especially coming back from injury and apparently he hasn't been well the last few days. Still needs something around the 46.00 range to make it easier to slot him straight into the relay team.

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19 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Mon May 28, 2012 1:37 pm

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QAWS#2 - All Comers Track & Field Meet - 26/05/2012
Gold Coast City Athletics Track, Southport


Men 400 Metres
1 Milburn, Joel 26 Nsw 47.12
2 Beck, Alexander 20 Gcv 47.16
3 Wroe, Sean 27 Vic 48.30

4 Titcombe, Jarret 32 Nsw 48.43
5 Meaney, Jay 17 Gcv 48.80
6 Dubler, Cedric 17 Asp 50.92


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20 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Mon May 28, 2012 3:04 pm

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Milburn has come good off a 47 base before, but not much time to turn it around before June 12. Hasn't got the runs on the board this year.
Wroe's Olympics appear over after that run.Steff looks likley to join Solomon, Offereins, Cole, Thomas.
Some big runs needed this week in Brisbane for anyone else.



21 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Wed May 30, 2012 3:32 pm

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In Brisbane this weekend (2nd & 3rd June).

400m: Sean Wroe (Vic), Joel Milburn (NSW), Alex Beck (Qld), Kevin Moore (NSW), Steve Solomon (NSW), Matt Lynch (NSW), Ben Offereins (WA)

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22 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Wed May 30, 2012 8:46 pm

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Event 6 Men 400 Metre Sprint
Saturday 2/06/2012 - 2:50 PM

Comp# Name Age Team Seed Time
1 870 Brnabic, Zachary 16 Qe2
2 Buchan, Jarryd 18 Aus NT
3 Carew, Alexander 23 Vic
4 283 Cooper, James 15 Qe2
5 297 Dunmall, Isaac 19 Unq
6 Erasmus, Chris 21 Unattached
7 Meaney, Jay 17 Aus NT
8 Milburn, Joel 26 Nsw
9 Offerins, Ben 26 Aus NT
10 Rodrigo, Keith 18 Aus NT
11 Soloman, Steven 19 Aus NT
12 Waldron, Max 18 Aus NT
13 1349 Ward, Cian 22 Unq
14 Wroe, Sean 27 Vic

We should be able to provide (some) results from the competitions over the two days in Brisbane - soon after the races have been run. So stay tuned on the weekend.

Fields as at 30th May 2012
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23 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:52 pm

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OLYMPIC 4 X 400m Team - Solomon, Steffensen, Offereins, Thomas, Cole & Milburn.

Results from the three critical meets in Brisbane.

SATURDAY 2nd JUNE 2012
Men 400 Metre Sprint
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Name Age Team Finals
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Section 1
1 Offerins, Ben 26 WA 46.11
2 Mulcahy, Kurt 23 Nsw 46.48
3 Milburn, Joel 26 Nsw 46.71
4 Moore, Kevin 22 Nsw 46.91
5 Wroe, Sean 27 Vic 47.13
6 Buchan, Jarryd 18 Aus 47.39
7 Carew, Alexander 23 Vic 47.53
8 Rodrigo, Keith 18 Aus 49.02
9 Meaney, Jay 17 Aus 49.10


SUNDAY 3rd JUNE 2012
Event 39 Men 400 Metre Sprint
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Name Age Team Finals
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1 Wroe, Sean 27 Vic 46.62
2 Moore, Kevin 22 Nsw 46.73
3 Carew, Alexander 23 Vic 46.77
4 Rowe, Alexander 20 Vic 48.10
5 Rodrigo, Keith 18 Aus 49.13
6 Gusman, Jordan 18 Nsw 50.17
7 Cottrell, Corey 18 Dec 50.45
8 Sluggett, Anthony 14 Qe2 58.60


FRIDAY 8th JUNE 2012
Men 400 Metre Sprint
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Name Age Team Finals
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Section 1
1 Solomon, Steven 19 Nsw 45.80
2 Milburn, Joel 26 Nsw 46.54
3 Offereins, Ben 26 WA 46.79

4 Beck, Alex 20 Gcv 46.87
5 Moore, Kevin 22 Nsw 47.06
6 Wroe, Sean 27 Vic 47.48
7 Mulcahy, Kurt 23 Nsw 47.64
8 Stone, Nelson 28 Png 47.85
9 Carew, Alexander 23 Vic 48.33

No doubt the run by Joel Milburn on Friday won him the 6th spot. Kurt Mulcahy lost over a second in a week and has cost himself a spot. He 'only' needed another time around the 46.5 mark to get a berth. Sean Wroe has been too inconsistent to consider. Milburn beat him three times in a row (counting the run on the Gold Coast on 26th May).

Still think Joel is a trifle lucky as he did not run in any of the grand prix meets nor the Olympic Games trials which were part of the criteria for selection.

But he put it all on the line, had a go, never gave up and is a big occasion athlete. By August he should be cherry ripe to be in the top four. I'd like to see a a team of Solomon, Steff, Offereins & Milburn take to the track - three have broken 45secs and the youngest one is our best 400m runner atm. Decent team and can definitely make the final.

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24 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:39 am

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Australia appears safe here with a buffer of nearly four seconds. It would need at least eight countries to run significantly quicker than they have before to put the Aussies out of the Olympics.

IAAF Relay Rankings
as at 11th June 2012


4x400m MEN
1 USA 5:57.93
2 SOUTH AFRICA 5:59.08
3 JAMAICA 5:59.23
4 CUBA 5:59.86
5 RUSSIA 6:01.03
6 BELGIUM 6:01.12
7 GREAT BRITAIN 6:01.54
8 BAHAMAS 6:01.89
9 GERMANY 6:02.05
10 KENYA 6:02.12
11 VENEZUELA 6:02.52
12 AUSTRALIA 6:03.14
13 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 6:03.46
14 JAPAN 6:03.68
15 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 6:04.12
16 POLAND 6:05.46

Next four are:
17 FRANCE 6:07.01
18 BRAZIL 6:07.58
19 BOTSWANA 6:08.28
20 GRENADA 6:08.96

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25 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:48 am

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The men's 4 x 400m is not set in concrete just yet.

I know of at least one appeal in respect to an athete's non-selection and I wouldn't be surprised if there was at least one other.



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26 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:23 am

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Australian men's 4x400m team has dropped one spot since the last rankings. Trinidad & Tobago have improved their aggregate to 6:02.10 (from 6:04.12) to go from 15th to 10th.

IAAF Relay Rankings
as at 25th June 2012

4x400m MEN

1 USA 5:57.93
2 SOUTH AFRICA 5:59.08
3 JAMAICA 5:59.23
4 CUBA 5:59.86
5 RUSSIA 6:01.03
6 BELGIUM 6:01.12
7 GREAT BRITAIN 6:01.54
8 BAHAMAS 6:01.89
9 GERMANY 6:02.05
10 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 6:02.10
11 KENYA 6:02.12
12 VENEZUELA 6:02.52
13 AUSTRALIA 6:03.14
14 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 6:03.46
15 JAPAN 6:03.68
16 POLAND 6:05.46

Next four are:
17 FRANCE 6:07.01
18 BRAZIL 6:07.58
19 BOTSWANA 6:08.28
20 GRENADA 6:08.96

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27 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:57 am

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Madrid WC meet on the weekend. Steffensen and Offereins still struggling for form. Long way behind Borlee and Rooney. Will need to be inside 46s shape in London for any chance of Australia making the 4x400m final.

Men - 400 Metres - Race 2
1 Kévin Borlée BEL 45.09
2 Martyn Rooney GBR 45.17
3 Brian Gregan IRL 46.09
4 John Steffensen AUS 46.45
5 Ben Offereins AUS 46.55

6 Mark Ujakpor ESP 46.70
7 Samuel García ESP 46.92
Jermaine Gonzales JAM DNF

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28 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:03 pm

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Joel Milburn continues his progress with a 46.16 on the weekend in Heusden, Belgium. Still a far way off his 44.80 PB but on current form probably the second best 400m lad we have behind Steve Solomon.

400m Men
1 133 BORLEE JONATHAN 88 BEL 44.91
2 143 MITCHELL MANTEO 87 USA 45.75
3 142 MILBURN JOEL 86 AUS 46.16
4 145 PISTORIUS OSCAR 86 RSA 46.28
5 135 DE SWARDT JACQUES 92 RSA 46.47
6 137 DUERINCK NILS 84 BEL 46.81
7 136 DESTATTE ARNAUD 88 BEL 46.84
8 221 JORDAN ALEX 92 NZL 48.11

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29 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:27 pm

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Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/olympics/athletics-london-2012/solomon-talks-up-australias-relay-hopes-20120808-23t2o.html#ixzz22v4GDkME

Solomon talks up Australia's relay hopes

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August 8, 2012 - 7:40AM


ONE month ago it was a team in disarray, torn apart by the empty threats of its bitterly resentful veteran John Steffenson. Today the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay team is not only aiming for an Olympic medal but believes itself capable of gold.

That's the view of Steve Solomon, Australia’s first 400 metre finallist since Darren Clark in 1988, who said the internal animosity created by team-mate John Steffensen had dissipated with all four runners in sub 45 second form.

"Our Australian 4 x 400 team is a really formidable team," said Solomon one day after his individual final.

"The team chemistry’s really good, there’s no conflict between John and I."

The 19-year-old added that he and the 29-year-old relay silver medallist from Athens - who threatened to withdraw from the relay when Solomon was selected in the individual event - had been ‘‘laughing and chatting’’ all week.

‘‘Everyone’s their own individual and entitled to their own opinions,’’ he said.

‘‘Me personally, I wouldn’t have gone down the same path as John did but the past is the past and there is no lingering animosity.’’

Solomon admitted the remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of the Australian men’s 4 x 400 metre relay team had come also as the result of the problems that have dogged the US team, normally a lay down misere for gold in the relay event. The Americans did not have a runner in the 400 metre men’s final - an event it has traditionally dominated - after losing LaShawn Merritt to injury on the eve of the Games.

‘‘The world’s kind of competing for three medals, not two,’’ said Solomon. ‘‘We know we have the ability to do some great things. We have high expectations.’’

Confirming that Steffensen had been appointed captain of the team which also includes 26-year-olds Joel Milburn and Benjamin Offereins, Solomon said that running positions had not yet been determined and that the final decision would not be taken by Steffensen but by head coach Eric Hollingsworth.

‘‘I’m happy to run wherever but I think I’m probably best suited to running the first leg,’’ he said.

Solomon said he had received a tweet from Cathy Freeman overnight after his final which concluded a remarkable campaign which came after he was the last athlete selected in an individual event despite boasting only a B qualifying time going into London. His selection created a storm amid Athletics Australia and Solomon said he remained eternally greateful for the experience.

‘‘Every race I learned a books worth of knowledge that I’ll take into other Olympics, especially Rio,’’ said Solomon, who will return to his US training base at Stanford University after the Games.

‘‘Maybe (the final) wasn’t a perfect race but maybe that’s the best thing i can take away from that ... and hopefull conduct myself a little better next time.’’ Solomon said he had put himself under pressure over the last turn having not maintaining the required leg turnover speed down the back straight.

‘‘Everyone said I had nothing to lose but to me I had everything to lose.

’’I’m a really ambitious person,’’ said Solomon. ‘‘I set high standards for myself and I’m really looking forward to starting the four-year cycle towards Rio and doing everything I need to do to prepare for that.’’


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30 Re: Australian MEN'S 4 x 400m Relay on Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:41 pm

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The appointment of John Steffensen as 4x400m captain has to be one of the more bizarre decisions I've seen by Hollingsworth (and there's been a few). This has clearly been made to placate him following his threat to pull out of the Olympics if Solomon ran the individual 400m.

It's an insult to all other members of the Australian athletics team. This is clearly a case of the 'barking dog being fed first'.

Steffensen is not a team player as he proved when he pulled out of the 2010 Commonwealth Games relay team. It didn't matter then, we won the gold without him.

The other thing is - since when do we have relay captains? Is this a new concept available in case someone cracks the sooks? "Let's make him captain - that should appease him."

Sucking up to Steffensen shows a lack of leadership, but thankfully we've got experienced team players like Milburn & Cole and most importantly an incredibly talented & intelligent teenager, mature beyond his years in Steve Solomon who will tolerate the recalitrant Steffensen for the good of the team.


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