30 January 2012
Sprinters fly in Qantas Adelaide Track Classic
Despite blustery headwinds and stifling heat, NSW’s male sprinters shone claiming seven of the fastest 11 times at the Adelaide Track Classic on Saturday night.
On the new Adelaide track Isaac Ntimoah (Bankstown) clocked 10.42 to win the A race, just outside his personal best of 10.40.
"My coach has been training me hard, so I’m happy with the win,” said Ntiamoah who beat Tim Leathart (Sydney Pacific) 10.46 and national champion Aaron Rouge-Serret 10.49.
Leathart continues to impress as a genuine Olympic prospect. His emergence a few seasons ago has continued this year and his consistency has been a highlight. His four races this season, over the last 22 days, have been:
10.48 pb 7 January Sydney 1st
10.48 =pb 14 January Brisbane 1st
10.57 (headwind) 21 January Newcastle 1st
10.46 pb 28 January Adelaide 2nd
However Leathart had mixed feeling about the performance.
“Yeah pretty happy with the pb, but not too happy with the run,” he said. “While it was OK, I just felt a bit sluggish and was hoping for a faster time. But positive things to focus on for Perth.”
NSW’s World Championships respresentative Anthony Alozie was disqualified.
Former Central Coast Olympian Josh Ross ran 10.56 into a headwind to win the B Race, just beating Nick Hough (Hills), also 10.56, Liam Gander (Macquaire Hunter) 10.62 and Jarrod Geddes (Illawong) 10.68.
Hough’s run was his third 100m world junior qualifying time and eighth in all events - 100m, 200m and 110m hurdles.
In the women’s discus Dani Samuels (Westfields) won by nearly 10m with a season’s best throw of 61.23m, just short of an Olympic A qualifier. Third was Taylah Sengul (Hills) with her second longest ever throw of 50.90m – her seventh consecutive World Junior Championships qualifying performance.
In his first domestic race of the season national 1500m record holder Ryan Gregson (Kembla Joggers) beat Jeff Riseley and Brenton Rowe in a rather pedestrian 3:47.84. In the windy conditions the athletes were unlikely to push the pace which suited Gregson who is returning from injury.
In the men’s 400m Ben Offereins won in 46.16 from Matt Lynch (Mingara) who clocked 46.48, just 0.03 seconds outside his recent personal best in the Hunter Classic. Third was Sean Wroe with Lynch’s training partner Kevin Moore (Mingara) fourth in 46.86.
Other NSW winners on the night were Youcef Abdi (Bankstown) who claimed the 3000m steeplechase in 8:38.56 while in the AWD 200m, Stephanie Schweitzer (Hills) won in 27.76.
In the long jump, Talissa Scott (IBS) fouled five times but still edged her personal best up to 6.08m, falling just 2cm short of a world junior qualifier.
Other results were:
James Nipperess (Sydney Uni) 3rd steeplechase 8:46.70
Jessica Knox (UTS Norths) 5th 100m 11.95
Sianne Toemoe (UTS Norths) 5th 800m 2:04.59
Lara Tamsett (Sydney Uni) 5th 5000m 16:23.00
Guy Henly (Bankstown) 4th AWD discus 39.79m
Emily Crutcher (Asics Wests) 3rd high jump 1.75m
Amy Pejkovic (Cherrybrook) 4th triple jump 12.45m, 5 th high jump 1.70m
Karen Clarke (Aths Wollongong) 3rd javelin 48.24m
Daniel Berry (Hills) 7th AWD 800m 2:21.04
The Adelaide Classic was the first of the season’s four major national track meets and will be followed by meets in Perth, Sydney then Melbourne, where Olympic berths will be on the line.
Lapierre starts Olympic campaign
Competing in Texas over the weekend, Fabrice Lapierre (Westfields) started his buildup to the London Olympics with a solid leap of 7.77m at in indoor meet.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Isaac Ntimoah (courtesy of David Tarbotton)