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Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Sunday, 27 April 2008/Categories: News

NSW athletes have been in action in the past week on the track, on the road and in cross country.

The most successful was Matt Hammond, who finished third over 800m at the Oregon Relays in a time of 1:49.59. It was Hammond's second race of an Athletics Australia development tour. Footage of the race is below:

Todd Wakefield and Kristy Colman competed as part of the Australian team in the International School Sports Federation World Cross Country in. The events, which gathered athletes from fourteen nations around the world, was held in ?dar nad Sazavou, Czech Republic.

The races, which were just short of 3km for girls and 5km for boys, were conducted on a roughly 1km loop course. What the course lacked in accuracy was added to by the pecuilar precision of the timing, with athletes recieving their finishing time to the hundredth of a second, but with the results being reported to the thousandanth of a second using an irrelevant, unchanging third digit.

Fortunately when it comes to cross country neither the accuracy of distance or the timing are of paramount concern: it is all about the race. Wakefield ran valiantly for fifth in the boy's race after being in the lead pack with a lap to go. Victoria's Kane Grimster took out line honours only 12 seconds ahead. With Rhy Jones' 21st place and Mark Blicavs' 26th place finish the Australian team finished third. Colman finished 42nd in the girl's race and was the first non-scoring member of the Australian team, which finished fourth. Full results can be found here.

Jess Heazlewood had the opportunity to race on the Olympic road walks course at the IAAF World Racing Walking Challenge in Beijing. The 20 year old finished the 20km course in 1:56:38, gaining 8 places throughout the race on the way to a 33rd place finish.



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