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Australian Women's 4 x 100m team qualify for world champs

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This is fantastic news - long time coming but finally the mid 43s time that this team should have been running in Australia has happened in Japan. Much deserved World Champs spot for Laura Whaler and Charlotte van Veenendaal who missed out at the Comm Games because of an ill informed decision by the selectors not to have a relay team in Dehli. Let's hope they make the final in Daegu!

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/australias-4x100m-relay-girls-qualify-for-athletics-world-championships-in-korea/story-e6frep5o-1226052098063

Australia's 4x100m relay girls qualify for athletics world championships in Korea

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Brisbaner Courier
May 08, 2011


AUSTRALIA is ready for a relay blitz at this year's athletics world championships, with the women's 4x100m squad sealing qualification on Sunday.

Competing in the Golden Grand Prix meet in Kawasaki, Japan, the team of Sally Pearson, Charlotte van Veenendaal, Laura Whaler and Melissa Breen clocked well under the qualifying time in 43.69secs to finish second and ensure Australian representation in all four relay events at August's world titles in Daegu, South Korea.

"You have no idea how excited we are," Olympic silver medallist Pearson said.

"It took so long for the time to appear on the big screen but, once we knew, we're just jumping, screaming and hugging on the back straight.

"Today was the last chance we had to clock the qualifier and we did it - bring on Daegu."

It will be the first time Australia has had a team in all four relay events at the championships since Paris in 2003.

Despite the fast time, Japan A won the race in a national record of 43.39 with Japan B third in 44.62.

Australian champion Brendan Cole is still trying to post a qualifying time for the world championships, despite clocking a season-best 49.60 seconds on his way to victory in the men's 400m hurdles.

Cole's time was just 0.20 seconds off the qualifying mark for Daegu.

Lauren Boden, who trains with Cole under the guidance of Matt Beckenham, made it two wins from two starts in Japan in the past week, after clocking 55.86 seconds to take out the women's 400m hurdles.

Breen returned to the track after her relay run to come third in the women's 100m, while new Australian 800m titleholder James Kaan came second in the men's 800m event.

In the men's 100m, Aaron Rouge-Serret clocked 10.42 to finish second behind 2003 world champion Kim Collins (10.40).

In the field events, world and world indoor championship bronze medallist Mitchell Watt began his 2011 international campaign in style with second in the men's long jump.

Watt posted 8.07m to be edged out by Bermuda's Tyrone Smith (8.09m), with Australian Robbie Crowther posting a personal best 8.03m for fourth spot.

Elsewhere in the field events, Australian-based Sergey Kucheryanu cleared 5.45m for second behind Japan's Daichi Sawano (5.60m) in the men's pole vault.

The Golden Grand Prix concludes a three-meet series in Japan, with Australia's best set to battle it out at round two of the Diamond League in Shanghai on May 15.

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2010 Comm Games Athletics - Women's 4 x 100m Relay - Final

1st England 44.19
2nd Ghana 45.24
3rd India 45.25

43.69 would have easily won gold in Delhi.

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http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/05/09/sprinter-qualifies-worlds--van-veenenendaal/

Sprinter to take on world

Toowoomba Chronicle
9th May 2011


CHARLOTTE van Veenendaal will contest the biggest meet of her life in August after the Australian women's 4x100m relay team, of which she is a member, broke the 44-second IAAF World Championships qualifying time in Kawasaki, Japan on Sunday.

Running in the Golden Grand Prix meet, the team of Sally Pearson, Melissa Breen, Laura Whaler and van Veenedaal clocked well under the qualifying time of 43.69secs to finish second behind Japan.

After narrowly missing out on the qualifying time in Australia in March, the Kawasaki meet was seen as the 4x100m relay team's last chance to qualify for the World Championships.

Now that the pressure of qualifying is off their shoulders, van Veenedaal's coach Gerrard Keating believes the team can continue to run faster.

"The pressure valve has been released and the girls can just relax a little more knowing they're going," Keating said.

"It's a really well balanced team and their potential is amazing. I've said before I honestly believe they can get an Olympic medal and I'm certain they can make the finals at worlds if they can get the baton around."

"If they can make the finals who knows what can happen?"

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