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Pain-Free Sean Wroe ready to fire at Nationals

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Pain-free Wroe seeking title
by Marty Shevelove
Caulfield-Glen Eira Leader
Tuesday 12 Apr 11

SEAN Wroe will try to recapture his 400m title at this weekend’s Australian Athletics Championships and world championship selection trials at Olympic Park.

The Glenhuntly Athletic Club star placed a disappointing fourth at last year’s nationals.

He took out the 400m title in 2008 and 2009.

“I’m pretty excited with home nationals being here. I haven’t run at a home national since I was a junior,” Wroe said late last week.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had friends and family watch me at home and there’ll be a lot of nostalgia, too, being the last nationals to be held at Olympic Park.”

Wroe needs to drop a second from his season’s best (46.23) to run the world championship qualifying time of 45.25 and says he’s in good shape to give it a crack.

“I have had a few niggles over the summer season, but now I can get back to doing what I do best: running pain free.”

If Wroe cannot run the qualifying time this weekend he’ll have several more chances to do so before the June cut-off point.

“I’d like to be able to do it at nationals and have some time to breathe,” he said. The world championships will be held in South Korea in late August.

On the women’s side, Glenhuntly has three of the country’s top 10 800m runners, but they’ll need to be at their best to defeat fellow Victorians Tamsyn Lewis and defending national champion Katherine Katsanevakis over the weekend.

Kelly Hetherington is ranked fourth with a personal best of 2:02.89.

Erica Fountain is sixth with a PB of 2:05.18 and Trychelle Kingdom 10th with a PB of 2:06.81.

All three should reach the two-lap final along with Lewis, who sports a season’s best of 2:01.88, and Katsanevakis, who has a season’s best of 2:02.60.

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