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IAAF World Championships ? Ready to start

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Friday, 26 August 2011/Categories: News

IAAF World Championships – Ready to start


Tomorrow in Daegu Korea, the IAAF World Athletics Championships commence. First to compete for the Australian Flame will be defending champion, Dani Samuels who will commence her defense of the World title she won two years ago in Berlin when she compete in the discus qualifying rounds on Saturday morning.


NSW are well represented with 16 athletes in the team.  NSW will have eight athletes in the relays, six in endurance events and two field eventers Fabrice Lapierre and Dani Samuels.


One of NSW’s finest ever athletes, Luke Adams will contest the 50km walk. Speaking on the eve of the games, he was asked about his preparation.“It was going really really well, I had a good lead in, but I picked up a niggle and have now decided to pull out of the 20km and concentrate on the 50km Walk. I don’t want to take any risks.”

Adams, now based at the AIS will be contesting his fifth consecutive World Championships. An underrated athlete, Adams has achieved a top-10 finish at every one of his previous four World Championships campaigns. “I want one really good race,” said Adams. “I want to be on the podium. I’ve done the training and want to race well and it should happen.”


NSW members of the team:

Dani Samuels – discus

Hayley Butler – 4x100m relay

Laura Whaler – 4x100m relay

Luke Adams – 50km Walk

Youcef Abdi – 3000m steeplechase

Anthony Alozie – 4x100m relay

Liam Gander – 4x100m relay

Ryan Gregson – 1500m

Fabrice Lapierre – Long Jump

Isaac Ntiamoah - 4x100m relay

Anneliese Rubie - 4x400m relay

John Steffensen – 4x400m relay

Adam Rutter - 20km Walk

Steven Solomon - 4x400m relay

Ben St L awrence - 10,000m, 5000m

Eloise Wellings - 10,000m


SBS two will provide live and daily highlights of the championships.


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image: Luke Adams on the eve of the championships (Image courtesy of David Tarbotton)


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