Josh Clarke (NSW) and Brooke Stratton (Vic) have moved one step closer to an Olympic debut at Rio 2016 after bettering the qualification standard in the men’s 100m and women’s long jump respectively at the ACT Athletics Championships.
Clocking a strong 10.21 in the heat, Clarke returned to the track for the final, which was run on the back straight to ensure tailwinds, confident. Impressive out of the blocks, the IAAF World Junior Championships semi-finalist didn’t look back before crossing in a personal best time of 10.15 (w: +0.8).
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, it’s still fresh. I was up in the air about coming down and when I heard they would accommodate back straight starts I thought why not and it paid off. A huge thanks to all those that made a tailwind possible for us, it was worth the trip down,” Clarke said.
“I am scheduled to be back in a couple of weeks for the Canberra Track Classic, hopefully we get another good day of weather, with a strong field as well. I’m looking forward to it.”
Clarke shared the dais with Tom Gamble (Qld, second, 10.34) and Alexander Hartmann (Qld, third, 10.35) in the men’s event, while Melissa Breen (ACT) reigned supreme in the women’s short sprint in a time of 11.38 (w: 0.0).
Stratton opened her long jump campaign with an Olympic qualifier of 6.74m in the first round before improving to 6.79m (w: +0.6) later in the competition to better her personal best as well.
The result is also bigger than the required standard for the IAAF World Indoor Championships, providing the 22-year-old with yet another opportunity to don the green and gold in 2016.
Morgan Mitchell was also strong, with her 52.19 run in the women’s 400m ensuring her second qualifier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Anneliese Rubie (NSW) crossed second in a time of 52.84, with Monica Brennan (Vic, 53.63) third.
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