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Commonwealth Games Trials – Who’s Going to the Gold Coast?


It’s hard to believe that Australia will again play host to a Commonwealth Games, only 12 years after Melbourne did so back in 2006. In that year the focus was on the likes of Craig Mottram (who went onto win silver, in 12.58.19, in one of the most magical 5000m races ever witnessed in Australia), Jana Pittman (gold in the 400m hurdles, one year before she won her second World Championship gold medal), John Steffensen (who went onto win gold in the 400m in a PB of 44.73s) and who could forget the joy in watching Kerryn McCann win gold in the women’s marathon in 2:30.54. In total, Australian athletes won 14 gold medals, including two gold from our star walker in Nathan Deakes.

In 2018 we will again be in for a special treat, especially with the likes of Sally Pearson, Dani Stevens, Dane Bird-Smith and Kurtis Marschall, just to name a few, who will be looking to take home gold from the Gold Coast. All we need to know now is who will be added to the final Australian team for this years Commonwealth Games – especially given there is a quota allocation awarded by the Commonwealth Games Association of 88 athletes.  

Who’s Going to be Wearing the Green and Gold on the Gold Coast?

To be totally honest there are so many unknown’s entering this years Commonwealth Games trials. With limited lead up meetings it’s hard to line up the form for each event, with many of our star athletes preferring to finish off their training blocks rather than compete prior to the trials. In many cases you can understand why athletes with multiple ‘A’ qualifiers would see the need to skip competition in January or early February, although it will be interesting to see what happens if our ‘stars’ don’t perform at the trials. It certainly could lead to some difficult decisions to be made by selectors leading into the February 20 selectors meeting.

Possible Australian Team for the Gold Coast

As you can see below we have put together a possible Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. However it must be noted that:

  • The list has been completed based on not having the final start lists for the trials
  • There are many possible outcomes that could dramatically change the list (e.g athletes deciding not to double up in events etc)
  • It is unsure how selectors will look at athletes who win the trials but only have ‘B’ qualifying standards next to their name
  • The Commonwealth rankings have been incorporated into the selection process (e.g men’s hammer throw is different to the women’s 800m)
  • There will always be ‘surprise’ performances from athletes at the trials, so we expect some ‘tough’ decisions that will need to be made prior to final team selection.

Our Top-8 Events – Shaping the Final Team

Men’s 100m

Final: 9.05pm Friday 16th February (Local Time), A Standard: 10.15s, Championship Best: Joshua Ross 10.08s (2007)

This event could easily be the ‘must watch’ event of the trials. When you look through the possible finishing order, you start to realise just how many possible outcomes there could be.

Although the favourite would likely be Rohan Browning (after his PB in Brisbane of 10.19s), you could easily have Josh Clarke, Jack Hale or Trae Williams winning the event. Then you have an athlete such as Aaron Bresland from WA, who has a wind-assisted 10.25s next to his name, suggesting that you wouldn’t want to discount him completely. Then there is an athlete like Anas Abu-Ganaba from NSW, who smashed his PB recently with an impressive 10.28s.

The biggest question mark is probably centered around Clarke, and his struggles to stay on the track over the past 2 years. If he is fully fit (and his hamstrings are OK), then he is more than capable of running sub 10.10s.

What we need to see – at least one ‘A’ qualifier (10.15s) from the trials, otherwise we could only see one athlete selected for the Gold Coast – and that would be a major disappointment!

Men’s 800m

Final: 8.13pm Saturday 17th February, A Standard: 1.46.50, Championship Best: Peter Bourke 1.44.78 (1982)

This is an interesting event, especially after seeing the performances from Luke Mathews (1.45.83) and Jeff Riseley (1.46.35) at the ACT Championships in late January. Then you have Joshua Ralph winning over in Perth (1.46.95) and also owning 3 ‘A’ standards, showing that he is in solid form leading into the trials.

The biggest question mark surrounding the event are the two Justin Rinaldi trained athletes in Peter Bol and Joseph Deng. Bol is coming back from injury and owns three ‘A’ standards (including an impressive 1.45.21 PB in from July last year), while Deng is the emerging star of the two laps in Australia, although he doesn’t currently own an ‘A’ standard of 1.46.50.

This could easily come down to the top-3 athletes from the trials ending up wearing the green and gold on the Gold Coast.

Men’s 1500m

Final: 2.50pm Sunday 18th February (Local Time), A Standard: 3.37.50, Championship Best: Jeff Riseley 3.35.71 (2009)

On face value the equation is simple, Ryan Gregson, Luke Mathews (if he decides to complete the 800m/1500m double) and Jordan Williamsz all run well at trials and they all get selected for the Gold Coast. The question is that if Mathews decides to stay away from the 1500m then it opens the door for the likes of Jordan Gusman and James Hansen (3.39.38) to push their way onto the Australian team.

Gusman already owns 8 ‘B’ standards, and is on the verge of a big breakthrough in 2018. He has already recorded a 3.38.80 from Canberra this year and has a PB of 3.37.97. The other interesting athlete is Matthew Ramsden (3.39.39), who could easily have a ‘break out’ run and also push for selection.

Men’s Long Jump

Final: 2.10pm Sunday 18th February (Local Time), A Standard: 8.09m, Championship Best: Mitchell Watt 8.44m (2011), Fabrice Lapierre 8.78mw (+3.1) (2010)

We are all hoping that we can see three Australians competing in the final of the men’s long jump at this years Commonwealth Games, we just need to have all our jumpers fit and healthy for the big day.

Fabrice Lapierre recently jumped 7.70m in the US, so has some form leading into the trials. On the other hand Henry Frayne has missed all competition in 2018, and enters the trials with no real form at all. He’s another athlete who just needs his body to stay in one piece for some big performances to be produced (8.21m last year, one of only three competitions for the year).

The no.1 Australian over the domestic season has been Chris Mitrevski, and if he finds some good conditions then there is nothing to say that he can produce the 8.09m required for an ‘A’ standard. He already owns 5 ‘B’ standards – which will definitely assist him in making the final Australian team.

Women’s 200m

Final: 1.20pm Sunday 18th February (Local Time), A Standard: 23.10s, Championship Best: Melinda Gainsford-Taylor 22.33s (1995)

At last years World Championships we witnessed 17 year-old Riley Day make her debut at senior level, after qualifying with an excellent 23.26s performance at the National Junior Championships. This year we haven’t seen the very best of Day (at least over the 200m), although she has produced a new PB over 100m (11.52s).

Joining her in London was Ella Nelson, and although she didn’t perform at the levels seen back in 2016, there is every confidence that she will back to her very best in 2018. Outside of Nelson and Day there are two new sprinters on the scene – in Jessica Perris (23.31s in December last year) and Maddie Coates (23.26s in Canberra this year). This all makes for a intriguing battle on Sunday, with Jess Thornton and Larissa Pasternatsky also likely to provide some fantastic competition in the final.

We could easily see all spots filled for the Commonwealth Games, with Nelson already owning an ‘A’ standard. If the final is a fast one (any time under 23.35s) then the quota should be filled.

Women’s 1500m

Final: 7.25pm Saturday 17th February (Local Time), A Standard: 4.08.10, Championship Best: Sarah Jamieson 4.05.52 (2006)

If you look at the winning times of the women’s 1500m at the National Championships over the past 20 years, you find that only four winners have broken through the 4.10.00 barrier. Last year they crawled around the track, with Hedi See eventually winning in 4.23.99 (defeating Zoe Buckman and Linden Hall).

This year could see the same tactic employed, although it will play into the hands of both Hall and Buckman (both with multiple ‘A’ standards). The third spot would then be up for grabs between the likes of See, Jenny Blundell and Georgia Griffith (if she decides to do the 800m/1500m double). Abigail Regan (4.13.92) is next in line, but coming from a long way back.

Blundell hasn’t recaptured her scintillating 2016 form (4.04.62 PB), so these trials are important for the 23 year-old as she moves into the prime of her career.

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase

Final: 2.32pm Sunday 18th February (Local Time), A Standard: 9.42.00, Championship Best: Donna MacFarlane 9.34.21 (2007)

This has turned into one of the top track events of the trials. This is due to the fact that, outside of Genevieve LaCaze, the event is wide open. Including LaCaze there are 6 women all running under 10.00.00, with Paige Campbell moving right into contention after a brilliant PB of 9.49.60 at the recent Hunter Track Classic in January.

Although the obvious selections would be LaCaze, Victoria Mitchell and Campbell, there are still Bri Ilarda, Stella Radford and Charlotte Wilson who will all think that they are in with a big chance of making the Australian team.

If any the above could produce the ‘A’ standard of 9.42.00 the they will surely be selected, but if this doesn’t eventuate then the final finishing order will ultimately dictate who makes it to the Gold Coast.

Women’s Heptathlon

Final: Thursday/Friday 15th/16th February, A Standard: 6,000 points, Championship Best: Glynis Nunn-Cearns 6,273pts (1984)

Personally I’m really looking forward to this tussle between our top heptathletes. The 7 events will ensure there are many twists and turns, but at the end of the day there could literally only be one winner.

Unless the winner can post an ‘A’ standard of 6,000pts, you would think that only one ‘B’ qualified athlete will be selected on the Australian team for this years Commonwealth Games.

It’s really an interesting mix of youth and experience – with 18 year-old Celeste Mucci taking on the likes of Alysha Burnett (21), Sophie Stanwell (26), Tori West (22) and Casidhe Simmons (23). All of the above athletes have achieved the ‘B’ standard of 5,600pts, so now it comes down to who can take the title this week.

Mucci always starts off exceptionally well in the 100m hurdles (13.46s PB), but can come back to the pack based on her performance in the high jump. This is where Burnett could place some real pressure on the rest of the field, with her PB of 1.86m (set at last years WUG) world class.

Stanwell then gets going at the end of day 1, capable of a solid shot put and then a world class 200m (sub 24sec). West will also finish off day 1 well, so the scores at the end of day 1 will be very interesting indeed.

The competition could then be run and won after the first event on day 2. The long jump is one of Mucci’s stronger events, capable of jumping well over 6.20m. This will see her breakaway from the pack, and if everything is going well will hopefully push her towards 5,900+pts. Burnett (silver medalist from last years WUG), is the obvious danger to Mucci, with her long jump also critical to a big overall score. If she was to also jump over 6.20m then the 800m would be one thrilling finale to two great days of competition!

Our Possible Australian Team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

Note – *already confirmed as part of the final team

Event A/B Standards Position 1 Position 2 Position 3
100m 10.15/10.24 1. Rohan Browning 2. Jack Hale
200m 20.44/20.64 unlikely
400m 45.50/46.00 3. Steve Solomon
800m 1.46.50/1.47.40 4. Luke Mathews 5. Joshua Ralph 6. Jeff Riseley
1500m 3.37.50/3.40.80 7. Ryan Gregson Mathews 8. Jordan Williamsz
5000m 13.22.60/13.35.00 9. Patrick Tiernan 10. Morgan McDonald 11. Sam McEntee
10000m 27.54.00/28.31.20 Patrcik Tiernan* 12. Stewart McSweyn
Marathon 13. Michael Shelley* 14. Liam Adams* 15. Chris Hamer*
3000mSt 8.32.00/8.45.00 Stewart McSweyn
110mHurdles 13.56/13.71 16. Nicholas Hough
400mHurdles 49.35/49.98 17. Ian Dewhurst
High Jump 2.28/2.20 18. Brandon Starc
Pole Vault 5.60/5.25 19. Kurtis Marschall 20. Declan Carruthers 21. Angus Armstrong
Long Jump 8.09/7.82 22. Henry Frayne 23. Fabrice Lapierre 24. Chris Mitrevski
Triple Jump 16.69/16.25 25. Shemaiah James
Shot Put 20.00/18.10 26. Damien Birkinhead
Discus Throw 61.90/59.10 27. Benn Harradine 28. Matt Denny
Hammer Throw 72.70/65.30 Matt Denny 29. Huw Peacock
Javelin Throw 80.80/73.30 30. Hamish Peacock 31. Luke Cann
Decathlon 8000/7600 32. Cedric Dubler
20km Walk 33. Dane Bird-Smith 34. Rhydian Cowley 35. Michael Hosking
4x100 Additional 3 athletes (36-38)
4x400m Additional 4 athletes (39-42)
Event A/B Standards Position 1 Position 2 Position 3
100m 11.26/11.40 1. Melissa Breen
200m 23.10/23.40 2. Ella Nelson 3. Riley Day 4. Maddie Coates
400m 52.10/52.70 5. Morgan Mitchell 6. Anneliese Rubie 7. Bendere Oboya
800m 2.01.00/2.02.40 8. Georgia Griffith
1500m 4.08.10/4.10.90 9. Zoe Buckman 10. Linden Hall 11. Jenny Blundell
5000m 15.22.00/15.45.50 12. Madeline Hills 13. Eloise Wellings
10000m 32.15.00/33.13.80 14. Celia Sullohern* Eloise Wellings Madeline Hills
Marathon 15. Lisa Weightman* 16. Jess Trengove* 17. Virginia Moloney*
3000mSt 9.42.00/9.58.60 18. Genevieve LaCaze 19. Victoria Mitchell 20. Paige Campbell
100mHurdles 13.01/13.33 21. Sally Pearson 22. Michelle Jenneke 23. Brianna Beahan
400mHurdles 56.10/57.30 24. Lauren Wells
High Jump 1.92/1.85 25. Nicola McDermott
Pole Vault 4.50/4.25 26. Nina Kennedy 27. Liz Parnov
Long Jump 6.65/6.39 28. Brooke Stratton 29. Naa Anang
Triple Jump 13.90/13.45 unlikely
Shot Put 17.70/16.42 unlikely
Discus Throw 59.90/54.60 30. Dani Stevens 31. Taryn Gollshewsky
Hammer Throw 67.30/61.70 32. Alex Hulley 33. Lara Nielsen
Javelin Throw 60.60/54.42 34. Kathryn Mitchell 35. Kelsey-Lee Roberts
Heptathlon 6000/5600 36. Celeste Mucci
20km Walk 37. Regan Lamble 38. Jemima Montag 39. Claire Tallent
4x100 Additional 3 athletes (40-42)
4x400m Additional 3 athletes (43-45)

Additional athletes looking at pushing for final selection:


100m Jessica Perris
200m Jessica Perris
800m Brittany McGowan
800m Abbey de la Motte
1500m/5000m Heidi See
5000m Emily Brichacek
5000m Melissa Duncan
High Jump Eleanor Patterson
Long Jump Chelsea Jaensch
Pole Vault Lisa Campbell
Discus Throw Kim Mulhall
Heptathlon Alysha Burnett
Heptathlon Sophie Stanwell
Heptathlon Tori West
Heptathlon Casidhe Simmons


100m Josh Clarke
100m Trae Williams
200m Tom Gamble
1500m Jordan Gusman
5000m Brett Robinson
10000m David McNeill
3000mSt Max Stevens
3000mSt James Nipperess
High Jump Joel Baden
Discus Throw Mitch Cooper
Hammer Throw Jack Dalton
Javelin Throw William White
Javelin Throw Liam O’Brien
Javelin Throw Rhys Stein
Javelin Throw Cruz Hogan
Decathlon Kyle Cranston

2018 ACT Athletics Championships


Mathews, Coates Lead the Way at the ACT Athletics Championships

It’s crazy to think that the selection trials for April’s Commonwealth Games are less than three weeks away, but that’s exactly what our Australian track and field stars are looking at. With only the NSW, QLD and SA State Championships to come prior to the trials, the ACT Championships were a key part of many athletes preparations leading into the Gold Coast meeting.

It was hard to single out one performance as being the highlight of the ACT Championships, although it was hard to go past the results produced by Luke Mathews in the men’s 800m and Maddie Coates in the women’s 200m. Both performances showed that each athlete is primed for a big showing at the trials. We take a look at all of the important results from the meeting:

Men’s Events

Trae Williams [3fL] (10.23s PB), Jack Hale [4fL] (10.23s), Rohan Browning [5fL] (10.23s)
100m (wind: +0.3) 1 Rohan Browning 10.23, =2 Jack Hale 10.23, =2 Trae Williams 10.23, 4 Joseph Millar (NZL) 10.38, 5 Jin Su Jung 10.56; 6 Zane Branco 10.57 (also 10.55 (-0.8) in the semi final. In the semi finals, Josh Clarke 10.36 (+0.3)


The only disappointing aspect to the final was the no show of Clarke. Still OK for trials, but yet another race where he didn’t race against the top-3 in Browning, Hale and Williams. We really need an CGA (10.15s) from one of our 100m sprinters, otherwise we can only send one ‘B’ qualified athlete to the Commonwealth Games. 18 year-old Branco set yet another PB, bettering his 10.56s from last year.

200m (wind: -0.1) 1 Joseph Millar (NZL) 20.71, 2 Anas Abu-Ganaba 21.02 (20.93 (-0.7) in semi final, 3 Will Johns 21.05 (20.90 (+1.1) in semi final, 4 Kevin Rassool 21.30 (21.21 (+0.8) in semi final. Also in semi finals, Zane Branco 20.85 (+0.8), Trae Williams 20.98 (+0.8), Lawson Power 21.17 (+1.1)

Branco’s 20.85s moved him to no.6 on the Australian U/20 all-time list.

400m 1 Daniel Mowen 46.35, 2 Murray Goodwin 46.37, 3 Kevin Rassool 46.58, 4 Clay Watkins 46.79, 5 Alex Beck 46.84, 6 Christian Davis 47.17. Also in race 3: 1 Lawson Power 46.89

Not bad for a 31 year-old to be churning out PB after PB. Goodwin improved on his 46.64s set back in Jan 14. 20 year-old Mowen was just outside his PB of 46.31s set last year on Dec 16. Massive PB for Rassool back in 3rd – never broken 47 seconds in his career.

800m 1 Luke Mathews 1.45.83, 2 Jeffrey Riseley 1.46.35, 3 Brad Mathas (NZL) 1.46.44, 4 Joseph Deng 1.47.39, 5 Dylan Stenson 1.47.54, 6 Alexander Rowe 1.47.70, 7 Mason Cohen 1.47.85, Also in race 2: 1 Christian Davis 1.49.92, 2 Jordan Gusman 1.49.99, race 3: 1 James Hansen 1.49.77

Interesting to note that this was Mathews 2nd fastest time of his career over 800m, behind his breakthrough run of 1.45.16 nack at the MTC in 2016. Riseley would be satisfied to be within striking distance of Mathews, while Deng continues to show he has enormous potential moving forward.

1,500m 1 James Hansen 3.39.39, 2 Rorey Hunter 3.40.56, 3 Tom Fawthorpe 3.41.71

Just another Tasmanian state record for Hansen (previous: 3.39.56 at HTC on Jan 20), enjoying a very solid season training alongside Riseley in Melbourne.

110mh (wind: -1.1) 1 Nicholas Hough 13.82

Just the wind denied our star sprint hurdler from another ‘A’ standard (13.56s) for the Commonwealth Games.

400mh 1 Cameron French 49.33, 2 Ian Dewhurst 50.04, 3 Leigh Bennett 50.34, 4 Angus Proudfoot 51.49, 5 Bryce Collins 51.84

Outstanding ‘A’ qualifier for French, with Dewhurst not too far behind. Dewhurst has broken 50 seconds on 7 occasions in his career, and needs at least a 49.98s for a CGB. Bennett amazing back in 3rd (PB), and very much in with a chance of wearing the green and gold. 

Long Jump 1 Jeremy Andrews 7.75 (+0.0), 2 Thomas Soliman 7.71 (+0.1), 3 Angus Gould 7.65 (+0.0), 4 Henry Smith 7.64 (+1.0), 5 Benjamin Schmidtchen 7.58 (+0.4), 6 Joseph Muller 7.52 (+0.0)

Andrews enjoyed a 14cm PB in Canberra, and at 25 isn’t giving away a chance to represent Australia at this years Commonwealth Games.

Triple Jump 1 Shemaiah James 16.42 (+0.9), 2 Emmanuel Fakiye 16.26m (+0.0)

James left it until the last round, but with his new PB delivered a statement to selectors that he is pushing hard for a spot on the Australian team for the Gold Coast. Until Canberra he had never jumped over 16m, and was always seen as a better long jumper (7.88m PB in 2017). Fakiye also jumped over 16m for the first time in his career, and was also over the CGB standard of 16.25m. 

High Jump 1 Lee Hup Wei (MAS) 2.28, 2 Brandon Starc 2.24, 3 Nik Bojic 2.20, 4 Joel Baden 2.20

Starc was only 1cm below his best from last year (a 2.25m in Japan). Needs to get back to 2016 form (jumped 2.29m) to ensure that he reaches the ever important CGA standard of 2.28m. 

Shot Put 1 Aiden Harvey 17.86

Javelin Throw 1 Hamish Peacock 76.07, 2 Cruz Hogan 73.02, 3 Luke Cann 70.04

Women’s Events

100m (Wind: +0.4) 1 Riley Day 11.52, 2 Maddie Coates 11.59, 3 Larissa Pasternatsky 11.78 (11.73 (+0.4) in semi final, 4 Brittany Burkitt 11.86 (11.73 (+2.7) in semi final, 5 Olivia Eaton 11.88 (11.79 (+1.1) in heat. Also in semi finals: Mia Gross 11.76 (+1.0), Kristie Edwards 11.81 (+1.0), Jacinta Beecher 11.83 (+1.0)

Still only 17 until March 30, Day smashed her 100m PB (11.59s set last year on Mar 27). She did run a 11.36w in 2016, and if she can do that with a legal wind in 2018 she will dip under the CGB standard of 11.40s. Coates also produced a PB (0.03 under previous PB). People talking about the AR going in the 4x100m are not completely crazy – a sub 43sec performance from the likes of Sally Pearson, Melissa Breen (pulled out of Canberra meet due to hamstring tightness), Day and Coates is not completely out of the question.

200m (Wind: +0.7) 1 Maddie Coates (right) 23.26, 2 Anneliese Rubie 23.40, 3 Jessica Thornton 23.67, 4 Kendra Hubbard 23.74, 5 Mia Gross 23.75, 6 Olivia Eaton 23.80. In semi finals Larissa Pasternatsky 23.49 (+1.3), Riley Day 23.78 (-0.5)

Really waiting for something like this to happen for Coates, as really see the 200m as being her favoured event. The 23.26s win places her well within reach of the Commonwealth Games – with the 23.10s CGA standard only achieved by Ella Nelson so far. Rubie PB, bettered her time set way back in 2013 of 23.54s. 

400m 1 Morgan Mitchell 52.48, 2 Anneliese Rubie 52.57, 3 Bendere Oboya 53.33; 4 Kendra Hubbard 53.44, 5 Angeline Blackburn 53.73.

Great battle between our no.1 and no.2 Australian one lap stars. Rubie ran 52.17s in late 2017, and is looking like her PB of 51.69s could be under real threat this year. Her 800m strength and 200m speed is starting to really show in her ‘pet’ event.

800m 1 Georgia Griffith 2.02.16, 2 Abbey de la Motte 2.03.14, 3 Alicia Kerr 2.05.60, 4 Abigail Regan 2.05.78, 5 Katrina Anderson (NZL) 2.06.51, 6 Sarah Billings 2.07.01, 7 Jemima Russell 2.07.30, 8 Keely Small 2.08.25, 9 Lauren Reid 2.08.38. Race 2: 1 Catriona Bisset 2.06.45, 2 Jayla Hancock-Cameron 2.07.66, 3 Joanna Cubis 2.08.68

1,500m 1 Linden Hall 4.09.32, 2 Jenny Blundell 4.15.03, 3 Abigail Regan 4.15.32, 4 Jayla Hancock-Cameron 4.26.29.

Nothing can stop Hall in 2018, although it looks to be slightly a different story for Blundell. Ran a 4.12.55 to win the HTC on Jan 20, but is a long way from her best of 2016. Needs to find something to overtake the likes of Zoe Buckman and/or Georgia Griffith to make the Australian team for the Gold Coast (that’s if Griffith chooses to again complete the 800m/1500m double).

100mh (wind: -1.2) 1 Sally Pearson 12.87, 2. Brianna Beahan 13.15, 3. Michelle Jenneke 13.40.

400mh 1 Lauren Wells 55.78, 2 Genevieve Cowie 58.27, 3 Sarah Carli 58.53, 4 Sara Klein 59.06

Wells has never run this fast in January, and her performance was even more remarkable being only 30 minutes after competing in the long jump. Needs to choose if she only runs the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games, as the schedule doesn’t really allow for a long jump / 400m hurdles double.

High Jump 1 Nicola McDermott 1.90, 2 Eleanor Patterson 1.85, 3 Cassie Purdon 1.80, Zoe Timmers 1.80.

Equal PB for McDermott and only a fraction away from a new PB of 1.92m (and the all important CGA standard). Patterson not looking likely for a CGA at the moment, but can’t deny her amazing talent in delivering at the highest level (including winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games).

Long Jump 1 Brooke Stratton 6.50 (+0.0), 2 Naa Anang 6.40 (+0.0), 3 Lauren Wells 6.29 (+0.0), 4 Chelsea Jaensch 6.28 (-0.1) 5 Jessica Penney 6.27 (+0.0), 6 Tay-Leiha Clark 6.24 (+0.0)

Not the best of conditions for the return of Stratton to the long jump, so should be happy with a solid 6.50m. Big layoff due to injury (last competition being the 2017 World Championships on Aug 11).

Javelin Throw 1 Kathryn Mitchell 61.05, 2 Kelsey-Lee Roberts 59.22

Hammer Throw 1 Alex Hulley 66.86

Linden Hall – All Round Distance Talent (1500m-5000m)

Linden Hall competes in the womens 5000m during the Hunter Track Classic on January 20, 2018 in Newcastle, Australia.
(Jan. 19, 2018 – Source: Jason McCawley/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Linden Hall is chasing down our very best middle distance runners, moving into the top-10 on the ‘Australian All-Round Distance Stars’ ranking list – combining the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m. This came off the back of a tremendous performance at the recent Hunter Track Classic in Newcastle, where she smashed her PB in the 5000m, recording a time of 15.18.77.

As shown in the table below, it shouldn’t be too long before Hall joins the likes of Benita Willis, Sarah Jamieson, Madeline Hills, Genevieve LaCaze and Eloise Wellings in the top 5 on the ranking list – with her 9.12.00 3000m PB likely to smashed the next time she decides to run tat particular event. (note: her 3000m PB was set back in 2015). A sub 8.55.00 performance would see her push her way into the top-5.

So at 26 years old, where to now for the Victorian star track athlete? Well there was certainly a lot of talk about Hall breaking Jamieson’s National 1500m record, and that it still well and truly on the cards. However, away from records, Hall will be looking to add to her performances at major championships to truly cement herself as on of the greats of the track.

Bursting on the international scene in 2016, Hall went onto make the semi finals over 1500m at the 2016 Rio Olympics (only narrowly missing a finals berth). Then in 2017 she was knocked out of the heats at the London World Championships. After the race she simply said “Certainly didn’t plan on being done on day 1, but such is the tactics of 1500m racing sometimes 🏃‍♀️Luckily, Gold Coast is just around the corner” 🇦🇺💚💛 #TeamAus #London2017 #IAAFWorlds

This being said the Commonwealth Games is certainly a big opportunity for Hall to show her prowess on an international stage. It will be a quality field on the Gold Coast (even excluding star and British no.1 Laura Muir). After her early season form, all is looking perfectly placed for an impressive performance on home soil.

It’s interesting to look at the list below and see how they have performed at major championships, noting just how hard it is to produce top-10 performances.

  • Benita Willis
    • 5000m: 2000 OG (17th), 2001 WC (12th), 2002 CG (6th)
    • 10000m: 2003 WC (8th), 2004 OG (24th), 2005 WC (19th), 2006 CG (4th), 2007 WC (17th)
    • Marathon: 2008 OG (21st), 2012 OG (100th)
    • Other major performances, 2004 WXC Champion and 4th at both long/short course events at 2006 WXC
  • Sarah Jamieson
    • 1500m: 2000 OG (30th), 2002 CG (5th), 2004 OG (30th), 2006 CG (2nd), 2007 WC (19th), 2008 OG (13th)
    • 5000m: 2006 CG (5th)
  • Madeline Hills
    • 3000m Steeple: 2014 CG (4th), 2015 WC (16th), 2016 OG (7th)
    • 5000m: 2015 WC (16th), 2016 OG (10th), 2017 WC (19th)
    • 10000m: 2017 WC (26th)
  • Genevie LaCaze
    • 3000m Steeple: 2012 OG (22nd), 2014 CG (5th), 2015 WC (22nd), 2016 OG (9th), 2017 WC (12th)
    • 5000m: 2016 OG (12th)

Australian All-Round Distance Stars – Women

1Benita Willis14.47.6011878.38.0611804.07.0511493516
2Sarah Jamieson15.02.9011578.48.4111454.00.9311983500
3Madeline Hills15.04.0511558.44.2011594.06.4711543468
4Genevieve LaCaze15.06.6711508.45.81i11774.10.2011253452
5Eloise Wellings14.54.1111748.41.7811674.13.6310983439
6Kate Richardson15.10.7811428.48.4811444.07.0311503436
7Donna Gould15.27.3h**11118.44.1h**11594.09.5411303400
8Georgie Clarke15.24.0311178.55.9711194.06.5011543390
9Heidi See15.22.3611208.54.1311254.08.1511413386
10Linden Hall15.18.7711279.12.0010664.01.7811913384
11Anne Cross15.20.7811238.53.1711284.10.3411243375
12Kaila McKnight15.33.7710988.58.4611114.05.6111613370
13Krishna Stanton15.28.8411088.48.38i11684.14.8510893365
14Carloyn Schuwalow15.26.4311128.53.8711264.10.8h11203358
15Jackie Perkins15.38.3410908.49.6111414.11.0111183349
16Natalie Harvey15.22.5911208.53.6311274.13.2411013348
17Susie Power15.23.1811198.56.9311164.12.0211113346
18Donna MacFarlane15.46.4310758.50.6511374.10.37**11243336
18Melissa Duncan15.52.8910638.58.1511124.05.5611613336
20Lisa Corrigan15.54.6110609.00.3411044.05.2511643328

2017 Season – Pearson Moves Into New Territory

Australia's Sally Pearson crosses the line to win the gold in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Pearson – Fast Becoming Greatest of All Time

Australia’s Sally Pearson crosses the line to win the gold in the women’s 100-meter hurdles final during the World Athletics Championships in London Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The 2017 season was highlighted by Sally Pearson’s amazing gold medal winning performance at the London World Championships. It again highlighted the fact that Pearson raises her performance levels at major championships, and now has her ranked alongside the likes of Jared Tallent and Cathy Freeman as our greatest athletes of the past 25 years.

Pearson’s season highlights were as follows:

  • 1st – World Championships (12.59s)
  • 1st – Diamond League final (12.55s)
  • 1st – National Championships (12.53sw)
  • 2nd – London Diamond League (12.48s,SB)
  • 5th – Monaco Diamond League (12.68s)

Adding the above performances together (and adding in 10% of her 6th and 7th best performances of the 2017 season), her total points for the season totalled 7,150. This adds up her actual performance (linked to the IAAF points table) plus points based on her placing per event (thanks to all-athletics.com). Looking back through her career this has only been bettered in 2011 (World Champion, 7,351pts) and 2012 (Olympic Champion, 7,388pts).

Interesting to note that the only other athlete over the past 25 years to score over 7,300pts in one season was Freeman – scoring 7,361pts in 1996 when she won the silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics and scoring 7,342pts in 2000, when winning gold at the Sydney Olympics. Both 1996 and 2000 were outstanding years for Freeman, which included losing only twice over 400m (both to Maria-Jose Perec in 1996). It also included a memorable 400m win at Stawell (on grass) in 1996 when she won the final in 50.5h – after running 50.48s in her heat.

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  • Note: Pearson only competed three times over the 100m hurdles in 2016, before tearing her hamstring in training that saw her pull out of the Rio Olympic Games.

High Scoring Australian Athletes Over the Past 25 Years

Outside the achievements from both Pearson and Freeman we have also seen other great single season performances from our Australian stars. These have included:

  • 7,288pts: Mitchell Watt (Long Jump) in 2011 – included silver at WC
  • 7,274pts: Steve Hooker (Pole Vault) in 2009 – included gold at WC
  • 7,186pts: Dmitri Markov (Pole Vault) in 1999 – including silver at WC
  • 7,135pts: Jana Pittman (400mH) in 2003 – including gold at WC
  • 7,022pts: Jared Tallent (20km/50kmW) in 2012 – including gold at OG and World Cup

In 2017 we also witnessed the best ever single season performance from Dani Stevens (Discus Throw), who scored 6,980pts, which included a silver medal at the World Championships (69.64m) and a 2nd place effort at the Diamond League finals in Bruxelles (65.85m).

(April 1, 2017 – Source: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images AsiaPac)

On the men’s side, in 2017, Kurtis Marschall (right) was the leading performer across the year. Marschall scored 6,692pts in the pole vault, due to extremely consistent Diamond League performances (4th in Lausanne, 4th in Zurich and 6th in Monaco). These results also saw him clear 5.73m twice, showcasing the fact that he can mix it with the very best vaulters in the world – not bad for a 20 year-old in his first true season in Europe. The 2016 World Junior silver medalist is one to watch in 2018.

Overall the lists below show both the current stars of Australian athletics (Ryan Gregson, Dane Bird-Smith, Damien Birkinhead, Patrick Tiernan, Genevieve LaCaze, Lisa Weightman, Linden Hall and Brooke Stratton etc) plus athletes moving their way up the world rankings (such as Georgia Griffith, Keely Small, Riley Day, Rohan Browning, Mitch Copper, Chris Mitrevski, Joseph Deng etc). All of these athletes will be looking to put their best foot forward at this years Commonwealth Games – what a year it should be!

2017 Australian Power Rankings


Note: WR = Event world ranking

Minimum points to be included in rankings = 1,100pts

Rank Athlete Performance Event Place Venue Date WR Points
1 Ryan Gregson 3.36.50i 1500m 2 Birmingham 18-Feb 13 1,206
2 Dane Bird-Smith 20kmW 6 London WC 13-Aug 15 1,202
3 Damien Birkinhead 21.35 SP 2 Zagrab, CRO WCH 28-Aug 16 1,202
Bird-Smith 38.34.23 10kmW 1 Sydney NC 31-Mar 1 1,192
4 Kurtis Marschall 5.73 PV 4 Lausanne, SWE DL 6-Jul 17 1,192
5 Patrick Tiernan 7.37.76 3000m 4 London DL 9-Jul 11 1,190
6 Henry Frayne 8.21 LJ 1 La Chaux-de-Fonds, FRA 2-Jul 20 1,184
Gregson 3.34.37 1500m 6 Stockholm, DL 18-Jun 25 1,183
Tiernan 27.29.81 10000m 1 Stanford CA, USA 5-May 21 1,179
7 Sam McEntee 7.41.03 3000m 10 London DL 9-Jul 25 1,170
8 Nicholas Hough 13.44 110mH 1 Naimette-Xhovemont, BEL 9-Jul 43 1,170
9 Peter Bol 1.45.21 800m 1 Mannheim, GER 1-Jul 43 1,167
10 Luke Mathews 3.35.57 1500m 9 Hengelo, WCH 11-Jun 43 1,167
11 Steve Solomon 45.19 400m 1 Stanford CA, USA 29-Jun 44 1,167
12 Hamish Peacock 84.36 JT 1 Sydney NC 2-Apr 24 1,163
Gregson 7.42.19 3000m 7 Rabat DL 16-Jul 28 1,163
Tiernan 13.13.44 5000m 11 Eugene, DL 27-May 26 1,161
13 Morgan McDonald 13.15.83 5000m 10 Heusden, GER 22-Jul 37 1,152
14 Jordan Williamsz 3.36.87 1500m 2 Swarthmore, USA 15-May 69 1,149
15 Benn Harradine 64.67 DT 1 Enskede, SWE 19-Jul 28 1,146
McEntee 13.17.55 5000m 2 Stanford CA, USA 5-May 49 1,146
16 Rhydian Cowley 20kmW 9 Adelaide, OCH 9-Feb 81 1,145
17 Fabrice Lapierre 8.03 LJ 2 Boston, USA 4-Jun 56 1,144
Mathews 3.54.53 Mile 6 Eugene, OR USA 27-May 17 1,143
18 Rohan Browning 10.19 100m 1 Brisbane 16-Dec 113 1,142
19 Ian Dewhurst 49.77 400mH 1 Sydney NC 2-Apr 82 1,141
McEntee 3.37.48 1500m 3 Swarthmore, USA 15-May 89 1,141
20 Joshua Ralph 1.46.14 800m 2 Padova, ITA 3-Jun 90 1,139
21 Stewart McSweyn 13.19.98 5000m 1 Dublin, IRE 12-Jul 59 1,137
22 Brandon Starc 2.25 HJ 6 Kawasaki, JPN 21-May 57 1,135
23 Mitch Cooper 63.98 DT 1 Lawrence, USA 14-May 35 1,134
24 Jordan Gusman 3.37.97 1500m 8 Huelva, ESP 14-Jun 107 1,134
25 Michael Shelley Marathon 10 London 23-Apr 259 1,133
26 Joshua Clarke 10.22 100m 1 Canberra 19-Feb 147 1,132
27 Chris Mitrevski 7.97 LJ 0 Canberra 12-Mar 75 1,131
Mathews 1.46.44 800m 1 Eagle Rock, USA 18-May 112 1,130
McSweyn 7.47.65 3000m 3 Turku, FIN 13-Jun 45 1,129
28 Angus Armstrong 5.50 PV 1 Sydney 23-Dec 81 1,129
29 Joseph Deng 1.46.51 800m 1 Kortrijk, NED 8-Jul 115 1,128
McDonald 3.55.79 Mile 2 Dublin, IRE 12-Jul 25 1,127
30 Brett Robinson 13.22.93 5000m 1 North Shore, NZL 26-Feb 74 1,127
31 Isaac Hockey 3.38.49 1500m 3 Kortrijk, NED 8-Jul 119 1,127
32 Joel Baden 2.24 HJ 1 Melbourne 10-Dec 69 1,126
33 Tom Gamble 20.61 200m 1 Canberra 19-Feb 152 1,126
McSweyn 3.55.97 Mile 2 Cork, IRE 18-Jul 27 1,125
34 Matthew Denny 63.15 DT 1 Geelong 19-Mar 44 1,118
35 Luke Cann 81.07 JT 1 Townsville 8-Jun 47 1,117
36 Liam Adcock 7.90 LJ 1 Brisbane 25-Feb 103 1,116
37 Rorey Hunter 3.39.28 1500m 1 Coquitlam, CAN 28-Jun 153 1,116
38 Matthew Ramsden 3.39.39 1500m 3 Eagle Rock, USA 18-May 155 1,115
39 Trae Williams 10.27 100m 1 Canberra 19-Feb 199 1,115
Williamsz 3.56.89 Mile 6 Birmingham DL 20-Aug 36 1,113
Gregson 3.56.90 Mile 11 Eugene, OR USA DL 27-May 37 1,113
40 Shemiah James 7.88 LJ 2 Brisbane 25-Feb 116 1,112
41 Collis Birmingham 7.50.47 3000m 2 Cork, IRE 18-Jul 58 1,112
42 Liam Adams Marathon 9 Berlin 24-Sep 348 1,111
Gusman 3.57.29 Mile 1 Sydney 23-Dec 41 1,108
43 Joseph Baldwin 2.22 HJ 1 Sydney NJC 28-Mar 98 1,108
Birmingham 13.28.29 5000m 2 Dublin, IRE 12-Jul 112 1,108
44 Steve Knuckey 1.47.23 800m 3 Canberra 19-Feb 178 1,106
45 Adam Pyke 3.40.02 1500m 2 Padova, ITA 16-Jul 180 1,106
46 David McNeill 13.29.11 5000m 2 North Shore, NZL 26-Feb 118 1,105
47 Alex Rowe 1.47.29 800m 3 Sydney NC 1-Apr 185 1,105
Tiernan 3.57.59 Mile 6 Cork, IRE 18-Jul 45 1,104
McSweyn 8.34.25 3000mSt 1 Goteborg, SWE 10-Jun 130 1,103
48 Stephen Clough 5.40 PV 1 Perth 16-Mar 132 1,102
49 Lachlan Barber 1.47.42 800m 4 Sydney NC 1-Apr 204 1,101
50 James Hansen 3.40.42 1500m 2 Melbourne 14-Dec 192 1,101
Rank Athlete Performance Event Place Venue Date WR Points
1 Dani Stevens 69.64 DT 2 London WC 13-Aug 2 1,249
2 Sally Pearson 12.48 100mH 2 London DL 9-Jul 3 1,221
3 Kathryn Mitchell 66.12 JT 3 Lausanne DL 6-Jul 8 1,192
4 Genevieve LaCaze 9.24.52 3000mSt 6 Berlin, DL 27-Aug 21 1,182
5 Lisa Weightman Marathon 5 London 23-Apr 44 1,180
LaCaze 8.45.81i 3000m 9 Birmingham 18-Feb 11 1,177
6 Linden Hall 4.04.37 1500m 2 Portland, USA 11-Jun 32 1,171
7 Brooke Stratton 6.79 LJ 3 London DL 9-Jul 10 1,171
8 Zoe Buckman 4.04.93 1500m 8 Rabat, DL 16-Jul 42 1,166
Pearson 11.17 100m 1 Brisbane 16-Dec 53 1,163
Hall 4.23.96 Mile 9 London DL 9-Jul 10 1,163
9 Jess Trengove Marathon 10 London 23-Apr 78 1,162
10 Kelsey-Lee Roberts 64.53 JT 2 Zurich DL 24-Aug 12 1,162
11 Madeline Hills 31.41.10 10000m 7 Palo Alto, USA 5-May 30 1,156
12 Michelle Jenneke 12.99 100mH 1 Canberra 12-Mar 55 1,151
13 Georgia Griffith 4.07.32 1500m 1 Portland, USA 16-Jun 73 1,147
14 Naa Anang 6.68 LJ 1 Chaux de Fonds, SUI 2-Jul 26 1,147
Griffith 2.00.90 800m 3 Portland, USA 11-Jun 59 1,146
15 Jenny Blundell 4.07.72 1500m 12 Shanghai, DL 13-May 79 1,144
16 Lauren Wells 55.97 400mH 1 Canberra 11-Mar 43 1,143
17 Brianna Beahan 13.06 100mH 1 Perth 24-Mar 74 1,142
18 Morgan Mitchell 51.65 400m 1 Canberra 11-Mar 50 1,140
19 Virginia Moloney Marathon 5 Gold Coast 2-Jul 141 1,140
Hills 15.12.63 5000m 9 Heusden, BEL 22-Jul 51 1,139
20 Celia Sullohern Marathon 1 Melbourne 15-Oct 150 1,138
21 Regan Lamble 20kmW 1 Adelaide 19-Feb 34 1,138
22 Keely Small 2.01.46 800m 1 Canberra 11-Mar 70 1,136
23 Ella Nelson 23.00 200m 1 Canberra 12-Mar 93 1,135
24 Eloise Wellings 15.14.54 5000m 10 Heusden, BEL 22-Jul 55 1,135
25 Victoria Mitchell 9.44.09 3000mSt 1 Sydney NC 2-Apr 71 1,134
26 Brittany McGowan 2.01.72 800m 4 Barcelona, ESP 29-Jun 81 1,132
27 Nina Kennedy 4.55 PV 1 Perth 24-Feb 29 1,130
28 Melissa Breen 11.33 100m 2 Canberra 18-Feb 123 1,129
29 Lora Storey 2.01.90 800m 2 Canberra 11-Mar 85 1,128
Blundell 4.28.82 Mile 10 Lausanne DL 6-Jul 25 1,128
30 Heidi See 8.54.13 3000m 3 Rovereto, ITA 29-Aug 40 1,125
31 Anneliese Rubie 2.02.18 800m 1 Eagle Rock, USA 18-May 101 1,124
32 Abbey de la Motte 2.02.19 800m 4 Canberra 11-Mar 102 1,123
See 4.10.42 1500m 9 Naimette, BEL 19-Jul 123 1,123
33 Eleanor Patterson 1.90 HJ 1 Melbourne 27-Jan 42 1,121
34 Nicola McDermott 1.90 HJ 1 Brisbane 16-Jul 42 1,121
Rubie 52.17 400m 1 Sydney 16-Dec 105 1,120
See 15.22.36 5000m 1 Palo Alto, USA 5-May 79 1,120
35 Liz Parnov 4.51 PV 1 Perth 24-Mar 38 1,117
36 Sinead Diver Marathon 10 Nagoya, JPN 12-Mar 226 1,117
Wellings 32.26.31 10000m 22 London WC 5-Aug 77 1,116
37 Beki Smith 20kmW 3 Adelaide 19-Feb 51 1,113
Sullohern 32.31.22 10000m 1 Melbourne 14-Dec 86 1,112
Wells 6.52 LJ 0 Brisbane 16-Dec 79 1,112
McGowan 4.12.14 1500m 3 Goteborg, SWE 10-Jun 164 1,110
Buckman 2.03.00 800m 6 Lignano, ITA 12-Jul 143 1,109
Trengove 32.35.06 10000m 2 Melbourne 14-Dec 90 1,108
38 Riley Day 23.26 200m 1 Sydney 29-Mar 158 1,108
39 Jess Thornton 23.29 200m 1 Sydney 2-Dec 180 1,105
40 Selma Kajan 2.03.27 800m 5 Barcelona, ESP 29-Jun 168 1,104
41 Bri Ilarda 9.56.33 3000mSt 1 Villanova, USA 12-May 113 1,104
42 Stella Radford 9.56.47 3000mSt 2 Sydney NC 2-Apr 114 1,104
43 Jessica Peris 23.31 200m 1 Brisbane 3-Dec 185 1,103
44 Cassie Fien Marathon 14 Osaka, JPN 29-Jan 273 1,103
45 Liz Clay 13.36 100mH 3 Canberra 12-Mar 190 1,102
46 Abbie Taddeo 13.36 100mH 2 Sydney NC 2-Apr 190 1,102
47 Frances Schmiede 4.13.13 1500m 4 Lexington, USA 27-May 186 1,102
48 Hannah Joye 1.88 HJ 1 Brisbane 23-Feb 58 1,101
49 Zoe Timmers 1.88 HJ 1 Canberra 11-Mar 58 1,101
50 Alicia Keir 2.03.45 800m 6 Canberra 11-Mar 180 1,101
51 Bendere Oboya 52.69 400m 1 Nassau, BAH YOG 21-Jul 167 1,100
See 2.03.51 800m 3 Auckland, NZL 26-Feb 186 1,100
52 Jessica Hull 4.13.48 1500m 4 Eugene, USA 5-May 196 1,100
53 Paige Campbell 9.57.78 3000mSt 1 Melbourne 19-Dec 124 1,100

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