25 July 2017
Solomon and Samuels to lead 17 NSW athletes back to London
NSW will be represented by 17 athletes next month in London at the IAAF World Championships. For nine days of competition, from August 5 to 13, many of our athletes will return to the stadium for the 2012 London Olympics. The number of team members is likely to rise when the IAAF roll-down offers are made, expected to be in the next few days.
The 2009 world discus champion, Dani Samuels, has been in the tremendous form this year and certainly is the best NSW hope for a medal.
For Steve Solomon, it is a welcome return to the national team and the venue that must provide special memoires. As a teenager, he ran his three quickest times on the way to eighth place in the final at the London Olympic Games.
The youngest male in the team is Sydney University’s Rohan Browning, who by-passed junior representation, directly into the national senior team, while still a teenager. He lines up in the 4x100m relay, along with Nick Andrews (CHE), who is just 20 himself.
After seemingly out of sight for a few years, Randwick Botany’s Morgan McDonald wins a place in the 500 metres. It was one of the few events where selectors were required to deliberate over who would represent Australia. He only just made it, sliding in with a qualifier on the second last day. Another late qualifier, was Nick Hough (SYU), who showed solid and consistent in Europe, including a Diamond League debut. He clocked 13.44 last week to lock up a qualifier and record his best time for nearly two and a half years.
Eloise Wellings and Madeline Hills both contest the 5000m and 10,000m double. They were superb in Rio and hopes are high they will continue that form in London. For Wellings, the London Olympic stadium will have fond memories as in 2012, after 11 stress fractures and missing the three previous Olympics, she made her Olympic debut.
Fingers are crossed that the following will received an IAAF roll-down: Josh Ralph (800m), Lora Storey (800m), Vicki Mitchell (3000m steeplechase), Michelle Jenneke (100m hurdles) and Nicola McDermott (high jump).
200m: Ella Nelson (NSW)
5000m: Madeline Hills (NSW), Eloise Wellings (NSW)
10000m: Madeline Hills (NSW), Eloise Wellings (NSW)
Discus Throw: Dani Stevens (NSW)
20km walk: Beki Smith (NSW)
Marathon: Milly Clark (NSW)
4x400m Relay: Ella Nelson (NSW), Anneliese Rubie (NSW), Jess Thornton (NSW)
400m: Steven Solomon (NSW)
1500m: Ryan Gregson (Vic)
5000m: Morgan McDonald (NSW)
110m hurdles: Nicholas Hough (NSW)
Long Jump: Fabrice Lapierre (NSW)
Marathon: Jack Colreavy (NSW), Brad Milosevic (NSW)
4x100m Relay: Nick Andrews (NSW), Rohan Browning (NSW)
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Madeline Hills and Eloise Wellings (image courtesy of Getty Images)