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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Women's 4 x 100m team ran 44.06 in Thailand & on Sunday in Colombo - DQ'ed!

Women's 4 x 100m team ran 44.06 in Thailand & on Sunday in Colombo - DQ'ed!

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Tonight Australia will run two teams in the women's 4x100m relay in the Asian Grand Prix meet in Chonburi, Thailand.

The A team will be trying to break 44.00secs to qualify for the World Champs in Moscow.

The A team consists of: Sally Pearson (Qld), Melissa Breen (ACT), Ashleigh Whittaker (Vic), Monica Brennan (Vic).

The B Team consists of: Angela Byrt (Vic), Margaret Gayen (SA), Hana Basic (Vic), Kendra Hubbard (Vic).

Great reward for Kendra Hubbard who's been knocking on the door of the relay squad for the last two years. Hopefully both teams run well; in particular the A team can break 44.00s.

If not, they get another chance in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday May 12.

Last edited by Admin on Mon May 13, 2013 8:28 am; edited 2 times in total


Women's 4x100m A team missed the World Champs qualifier (44.00) by 0.06 - recording 44.06secs.

Women's B team ran 45.85s.

Both teams are off to Colombo on Sunday for another go.

"Let's Go While We're Young"


The time recorded by the women's 4x100m team in Thailand was the 10th fastest of all times run in the last 10 years. Breaking 44secs shouldn't be too difficult, but with the lack of genuine relay opportunities through the Australian summer season, by the time we get to this critical stage, it invariably turns out to be a more difficult assignment than it should be.

It is interesting that in 2009, the time needed by the team was 43.90. They only had one opportunity - in Osaka and ran 43.95s, missing the time by 0.05.

At least this time they get a second chance. And the time required is not as tough as it was 4 years ago.

Top 10 Fastest times recorded by Australian Women's 4 x 100m team in the last 10 years.
(Since 01/01/2004)

Rank Time
Venue Date
1 43.62 S McLellan, F Cullen, C Attenborough, M Kay Osaka JPN 5/05/2007
2 43.69 S Pearson, C Van veendaal, L Whaler, M Breen Kawasaki, JPN 8/05/2011
3 43.79 H Butler, M Breen, C Van veenendaal, S Pearson Daegu, KOR 4/09/2011
4 43.91 S McLellan, M Kleeberg, C Attenborough, F Cullen Osaka JPN 1/09/2007
5 43.95 M Breen, S McLellan, J Henry, A Wrench-Doody Osaka JPN 0/05/2009
6 44.01 H Butler, M Breen, C Van veenendaal, S Pearson Brisbane 14/01/2012
7 44.02 S Pearson, C Van veendaal, L Whaler, M Breen Sydney 19/03/2011
8 44.04 S McLellan, M Kleeberg, L Hewitt, C Attenborough Melbourne 9/03/2006
9 44.05 S Pearson, C Van veendaal, L Whaler, M Breen Melbourne 12/03/2011
10 44.06 S Pearson, M Breen, A Whittaker, M Brennan Chonburi, THAI 8/05/2013

"Let's Go While We're Young"


All times under 44.00 were recorded in Japan or Korea. Interesting.


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Trackstar wrote:All times under 44.00 were recorded in Japan or Korea. Interesting.

May or September. That should tell you something about prioritisation of relay qualification during the domestic season.


IAAF REPORT from Colombo
12 MAY 2013
Report from the Asian GP meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Six athletes completed a clean sweep of wins at all three competitions on the 2013 Asian Grand Prix circuit with victories at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday (12).

India’s 5000m runner Nitendra Singh and Chinese shot putter Wang Like, the latter winning with a season best 19.20m, which was arguably the best performance of the day in the Sri Lankan capital, were the men who completed the hat trick while four female athletes: Kazakstan’s Viktoriya Zyabkina in the 100m, India’s M. R. Poovamma over 400m, Uzbek long jumper Darya Reznichenko and local Sri Lankan javelin thrower Nadeeka Lakmali ended up with that distinction in the women’s events.

By contrast, while those six could afford satisfied smiles, London 2012 Olympic Games 100m Hurdles champion Sally Pearson was left in tears as Australia was disqualified for a zone violation in the 4x100m Relay which also saw the Australian ‘B’ team failing to finish as Thailand won in a modest 45.33.

There had been considerable publicity related to Pearson’s participation in this meeting after Australia had entered guest teams on the Asian circuit and they lived up to their expectations four days ago at the second leg in Chonburi, Thailand, with an outing in 44.06, but they met with disaster on this occasion.

RESULT Women 4x100m Relay
1 Thailand 45.33
2 China 45.41
3 Sri Lanka 46.21
4 Indonesia 46.39
Australia (A) DQ
Australia (B)- DNF

Devastating for the girls involved. Doubtful there will be any more chances now as Sally Pearson will now concentrate on defending her world title.


Is it just my imagination or do we seem to have a history (at least in the more recent past) of actually finishing relays (DQ/DNF). Does it say something about our preparation that both teams did not register a result? Certainly not a slight on the girls who performed on Sunday but do we have a systemic problem. Does new Australian relay mentor Adam Larcom have any solutions? Even more importantly - does he have any power to make changes that may improve results????

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