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Hough hurdles to fourth in the Commonwealth

Hough hurdles to fourth in the Commonwealth

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Wednesday, 30 July 2014/Categories: News

30 July 2014

Hough hurdles to fourth in the Commonwealth

Day three of the track and field competition program at Hampden Park in Glasgow produced highs and lows for the NSW contingent.


Men 110m hurdles

Sydney University’s Nick Hough defied all odds to placed fourth in the final of the 110m hurdles. It started in the heats, when he placed third in 13.70 and qualified for the final as the seventh fastest. In the evening session he took on the field and ran a great race, only clipping a few hurdles later in the race. He dipped perfectly and what could have been fifth resulted in fourth in a new personal best of 13.57.


He has made remarkable progression over the last six months, starting the domestic season ranked 26th Australian all time with a best of 14.11 and now the third fastest in history. It was the highest placing by an Australian at the Commonwealth games since 1986, and the fastest time at the games.


Men 400m semi-final

Running in lane seven in semi number three, Steve Solomon’s (RBH) season looked to come to an end with a hamstring strain at the 220m mark. He grabbed his left hamstring and pullup and walked off the track. The injury had first occurred in May and it ended his NCAA ambitions for his US college Stanford. Eventually 45.55 would be sufficient to progress to the final. The 4x400m relay squad is now weakened as the second athlete, following Tristan Thomas’s withdrawal, is now likely to be out.


Women T54 1500m heats

NSW’s two representatives, Christie Dawes (MQH) and Angie Ballard (SYU) progressed comfortably to the final, but in very different races. Dawes in heat one was seemingly blocked in with a lap to go, but space opened up allowing her to progress smoothly in second place in 3:53.07. Ballard’s race was rather pedestrian in comparison. They passed the bell in 3:06, while heat one had gone through in 2:53. At the bell Ballard, who had led earlier, was now in second and she maintained that position to the finish line, clocking 4:01.69. Ballard and Dawes will now be medal hopes in the final.


Men T54 1500m heats

Competing in heat two defending champion, Kurt Fearnley (MQH) looked comfortable talking the win in 3:19.64, despite a dramatic race where one of the competitors took a tumble in his wheelchair. Fearnley revealed after he was suffering from a heavy flu. Later he tweeted:

“Good first roll. Bit of carnage, pleased to duck it & have a crack at the medals on Thursday. Thanks for the messages!”

In the mixed zone he spoke to channel ten:

“I’ve had a bit of an illness so pleased to get through that and now that gives me two more days and I’m on the upward swing. It is one of those things you just have to roll the dice, I’m doing the best I can at the moment. If I’m in shape I’m a chance to take Dave over 1500m - nothing but wellness now.”


Men Long Jump

After a slow start, in the first two jumps, Fabrice Lapierre (WES), the defending champion, nailed a seasonal best of 7.95m to progress to the final in fourth place.

Later on he tweeted about a drama he had out on the field.

Through to the final tomorrow. Hopefully the official doesn't walk out in front of me again 5 steps before taking off!”

His full series was: 7.65 (-0.1), 7.44 (-0.1), 7.95 (0.9)


Men 800m heats

After a most successful debut season in the 800m, Josh Ralph (SYU) was unable to maintain his progression and was run out of the Commonwealth Games in his heat, where he placed fifth in 1:52.48 in a race where just 1:50.88 would have progressed.


Men Decathlon

After a tough day one where he was disqualified in the 100m, Jake Stein (ASW) finished 14th with a score of 7005 points.

His day two was highlighted by an excellent 50.37m in the discus and 68.25m in the javelin.  His discus was the best ever by an Aussie at the games.

His full results were: 100m disq, LJ 7.15 (0.2), shot 14.80, high jump 1.96, 400m 50.63, 110 hurdles 15.09 (0.0), discus 50.37,  pole vault 4.10, javelin 68.25, 1500m 4:53.12.


Women Heptathlon

After day one Sophie Stanwell (MQH) is sitting an excellent fourth place on 3400 points. She started the day with a win in the 100m hurdles in 14.18, was over 1.69m in the high jump, then nailed a personal best shot put of 11.96m. In seventh place going into the 200m she ran 24.35.


David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image:  Nick Hough (courtesy of Getty Images)


Timetable Wednesday  July 30


AEST/day/Glasgow time

19:02 Wed 10.02 M 200 hts;  Jarrod Geddes
19:05 Wed 10.05 W LJ qual;  
19:40 Wed 10.40 M DT qual (A);  
 Wed 11.05 W HJ qual;  
20:30 Wed 11.30 M 400H sf;  Ian Dewhurst
20:40 Wed 11.40 M DT qual (B);  
20:50 Wed 11.50 W Hep LJ;  Sophie Stanwell
20:55 Wed 12:00 W 800 hts;  
3:30 Thu 18.30 W Hep JT;  Sophie Stanwell
3:40 Thu 18.40 M HJ FINAL;  Brandon Starc
3:45 Thu 18.45 M LJ FINAL;  Fabrice Lapierre
4:35 Thu 19.35 W 3000SC FINAL;  Madeleine Heiner, Vic Mitchell
5:05 Thu 20.05 W HEP 800;  Sophie Stanwell
5:15 Thu 20.15 W JT FINAL;  
5:30 Thu 20.30 M 400 FINAL;  
5:40 Thu 20.40 W SP FINAL;  
5:55 Thu 20.55 M 800 sf;  
6:15 Thu 21:15 W 200 h Ella Nelson


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