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Stevens, Douglas & Baird selected for 4x400m pending invitation

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Great to see VAL regulars Luke Stevens, Ian Douglas & Sam Baird selected for the World Relays 4x400m team in the Bahamas. It does depend on the IAAF & whether the team is ranked high enough to earn the invitation.

From a SA perspective, terrific to see Dylan Stenson continue his meteoric rise & gain selection in the 4x800m team.

Australian teams will, pending official invitation from the IAAF, duel for automatic qualification to the Rio Olympic Games at the IAAF World Relays.

Announced today by Athletics Australia Selectors, the already confirmed women’s 4x400m relay and men’s and women’s 4x800m relay and distance medley relays could be joined by the still to be ratified men’s and women’s 4x100m relay and men’s 4x400m relay to bring the travelling squad to an impressive 37 athletes.

The women’s 4x400m relay squad features national champion Anneliese Rubie (NSW) alongside IAAF World Junior Championships representative Samantha Lind (Tas) and Glasgow 2014 starters Jess Gulli (Vic), Morgan Mitchell (Vic), Lyndsay Pekin (WA) and Cailtin Sargent (Qld).

Zoe Buckman (Vic), Melissa Duncan (Vic) and Brittany McGowan (Qld), who won bronze at last year’s IAAF World Relays, are amongst the eight travelling athletes for the women’s distance relays, while the men’s squad features Australian record holders Collis Birmingham (Vic) and Ryan Gregson (NSW) and Commonwealth Games representative Joshua Ralph (NSW).

“The IAAF World Relays are a very important event in 2015, with automatic qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games on the line for athletes competing in the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays. With this in mind, Athletics Australia Selectors have announced teams for all Olympic events in the hope that they can place amongst the top-eight and ensure their start in Rio,” Dion Russell, Athletics Australia Chairman of Selectors, said.

“The women’s 4x400m relay team will definitely compete in Nassau after earning their start by bettering the qualification standard set by the IAAF. Both 4x100m relay teams, and the men’s 4x400m relay squad, await official invitation from the IAAF based on world rankings and the confirmation of other eligible teams later this month.

“We have named squads of eight for the distance relays, with these athletes to be split to form the men’s and women’s 4x800m and distance medley relay teams. It was in these events that Australia performed best in 2014 and we hope to be able to deliver similar performances this year.”

The IAAF World Relays were introduced by international governing body, the IAAF, in 2014, with the event set to return for a second-consecutive year to the atmospheric Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau (BAH).

Last year, the Australian team was 31 strong, delivering a bronze medal (women’s 4x1500m relay) and three national records (women’s 4x800m relay, men’s and women’s 4x1500m relay) to place 5th on the IAAF Points Table behind Golden Baton winners the USA.

For more information on the IAAF World Relays, please visit the event homepage at by clicking here.

IAAF World Relays
Nassau, Bahamas
2-3 May 2015

W 4x400m Relay:
Jess Gulli (Vic), Morgan Mitchell (Vic), Lyndsay Pekin (WA), Anneliese Rubie (NSW) Caitlin Sargent (Qld), Samantha Lind (Tas)

M 4x800m Relay/Distance Medley Relay:
Collis Birmingham (Vic), Ryan Gregson (NSW), Timas Harik (NSW), Luke Mathews (Vic), Dylan Stenson (SA), Joshua Ralph (NSW), Jared West (NSW), Jordan Williamsz (Vic)

W 4x800m Relay/Distance Medley Relay:
Zoe Buckman (Vic), Abbey de la Motte (Vic), Melissa Duncan (Vic), Kelly Hetherington (Vic), Selma Kajan (Vic), Katherine Katsanevakis (Vic), Brittany McGowan (Qld), Heidi See (NSW)

M 4x100m Relay:
Tom Gamble (Qld), Alex Hartmann (Qld), Ben Jaworski (NSW), Trae Williams (Qld), Jin Su Jung (NSW)

W 4x100m Relay:
Hayley Butler (NSW), Sam Geddes (NSW), Elly Graf (NSW), Brianna Beahan (WA), Ashleigh Whittaker (Vic)

M 4x400m Relay:
Alex Beck (Qld), Craig Burns (Qld), Iain Douglas (Vic), Luke Stevens (Vic), Sam Baird (Vic)

The men’s and women’s 4x100m relays, and the men’s 4x400m relay, have been selected by Athletics Australia but await an invitation to compete from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). This will follow the release of world rankings for relays and the confirmation of eligible competing teams shortly after 20 April 2015.

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Well done to all those that made it, outstanding achievement. Special mention to Luke Stevens...only because I have been following his progress closely since first seeing him run at a VAL meeting 3 years ago. Had the privilege of being spanked by him in a 300m final at the trotting track meeting... Melton is it? Smile. He was nice enough to have a chat to me afterwards. Seems like a fine young lad.

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