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So close with three more fourths for NSW on day four

So close with three more fourths for NSW on day four

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Thursday, 31 July 2014/Categories: News

31 July 2014

So close with three more fourths for NSW on day four

Day four of the track and field competition program continued at Hampden Park in Glasgow with more tremendous performances by NSW athletes, highlighted by three fourth places.

 

Women 3000m steeplechase

Eight months ago Madeline Heiner (KEJ) tentatively resumed her athletics career after a six year break. Then last night in Glasgow she justified her return, placing fourth in the 3000m steeplechase behind three Kenyans. Heiner ran a great race, giving herself every chance of a medal and over the last 100m was close to picking off one of the Kenyan’s for third. She had to settled for a new personal best of 9:34.01.

 

Women Heptathlon

On day two Sophie Stanwell (MQH) started strongly with 5.99m in the long jump, she then nailed an excellent 36.77m in the javelin, showing some benefit of recent sessions with Rudolf Sopko.  In fifth place going into the final event, the 800m, Stanwell ran 2:14.28 to move up to fourth and just miss a bronze by 72 points with a score of 5754 points. The total moved her up to number 15 Australian all time.

 

Men Long Jump

Defending champion, Fabrice Lapierre (WES) opened the competition with a seasonal best 8.00m. However he was unable to extend this distance, eventually being tipped out for a medal by South African, Rushwal Samaai, who leapt 8.08m for the bronze. After the event, Lapierre revealed why he passed a few attempts.

Tear hamstring on first jump then get stung on the head by a bee! Not a good night.”

 

Men High Jump

In the men’s high jump, it was a close competition with 2.25m eventually required for a medal and eight athletes on 2.21m placed between fifth and twelfth. Brandon Starc (PAR), had started tentatively, over 2.16m on his third attempt, then he took 2.21m on his initial attempt, before three misses at 2.25m, finishing eighth in the competition.

 

Women 200m

A strong assertive run by Ella Nelson (SYU) ensured comfortable progression into the semi-finals. Nelson ran 23.57 to place a close third in her heat.

 

Men 200m

It was very tough luck for Jarrod Geddes (SYU) in the 200m heats. He placed third in his heat clocking 21.03 into a 1.8m/s wind, while the previous heat had a tailwind of 1.5m/s.  His time missed progression by one place as 20.98 secured a semis berth.

 

Men 400m hurdles

In one of the highest standard events, the 400m hurdles, semi-finals we not required making the first round very tough. Ian Dewhurst (SYU) unfortunately missed progression running 50.45 for third in heat two. He would have needed to have run right up to his best to progress with 49.62 required.

 

David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW

Image:  Sophie Stanwell in the heptathlon javelin (courtesy of Getty Images)

 

Timetable

Thursday, July 31:

AEST/Day/Glasgow time                                              

3:00        Fri           18.00 M DT FINAL;          

3:07        Fri           18.07 W 200 sf; Ella Nelson

3:25        Fri           18.25 M 200 sf; 

3:50        Fri           18.50 W 800 sf;

4:15        Fri           19.15 W LJ FINAL;            

                                19:20 W 1500m T54 FINAL             Angela Ballard, Christie Dawes

                                19:35 M 1500m T54 FINAL             Kurt Fearnley

4:50        Fri           19.50 M 800 FINAL;         

5:15        Fri           20.15 M 400H FINAL;      

5:25        Fri           20.25 W 400H FINAL;      

5:30        Fri           20:30 W DT qual;               Dani Samuels

5:45        Fri           20.45 W 200 FINAL;          Ella Nelson

6:10        Fri           21.10 M 200 FINAL;         

6:35        Fri           21.35 W 100H hts.            Michelle Jenneke

 
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