13 May 2011
DAEGU MEET: Relay qualifies for Daegu and Kaan places
Two NSW middle-distance athletes were in action last evening at the IAAF World Challenge meet held in Daegu Korea – the venue for this year’s World Championships.
National champion, James Kaan (Hills), placed seventh in the 800m clocking 1:47.25, behind Kenyan’s Boaz Kiplagat Lalang slowish winning time of 1:45.90.
“Yeah I am relatively happy,” commented Kaan.
“But I would have liked to have come away from this trip with a pb. I did have two solid races however and gained plenty of experience.
“I had the inside of lane one (had to share) so I had to get out fast, which I did. I felt really good until the final 100m where I was still stuck on the rail and when everyone went to kick I just had no gas left in the tank. I guess it has been a long season and towards the end fitness starts to drop off. I am glad I can now get a good 6-8 weeks of base training in before I go to Europe.”
Bridey Delaney (St George) placed ninth in the 1500m in a time of 4:29.79. The race featured two personal best times by Australian athletes Kaila McKnight (4:05.65) and Zoe Buckman (4:09.38).
The second Diamond League for 2011 will be held in Shanghai this Sunday and will feature NSW’s two leading athletes, Dani Samuels (discus) and Fabrice Lapierre (long jump).
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Image: Daegu Stadium – venue for the 2011 World Championships (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)