The first four Australian athletes have been nominated by
Athletics Australia to the Australian Commonwealth Games Association for
selection to the Australian team for the XX Commonwealth Games in
Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.
Australian marathoners Jessica Trengove (SA) and Martin Dent (ACT) and Victorian 10,000m runners Nikki Chapple and Collis Birmingham have all been nominated by Athletics Australia for the team for Glasgow 2014.
Trengove and Dent were both nominated after their performances
at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow qualified them for
automatic nomination under Athletics Australia’s selection policy.
Under that policy, any athletes who finished in the top
twenty-four in the marathon at last year’s World Championships and who
have achieved at least the B standard within the Qualification Period
received automatic nomination for the team for Glasgow.
Trengove finished 11th in the women’s marathon in Moscow, while
Dent placed 23rd in the men’s race. Both recorded times in Moscow
which bettered the B standard, with Trengove’s 2:37:11 easily under the
required 2:42:30 and Dent’s World Championship time of 2:17:11 also
under the men’s B standard of 2:18:00.
Birmingham and Chapple earned their automatic nomination for
Glasgow after winning the men’s and women’s Australian 10,000m
Championships respectively at the recent Zatopek:10 meet in Melbourne.
Under the selection criteria, any athlete who wins the 10,000m
National Championship and has at least a B standard (28:31.25 for men,
33:24.00 for women) qualified for automatic nomination. Both Chapple and
Birmingham recorded B qualifiers in winning the Zatopek:10, with
Chapple running 32:56.25 and Birmingham 27:56.22.
“The nomination of these athletes is the start of what we hope
will be a very strong Australian team for Glasgow,” Athletics Australia
Chairman of Selectors Dion Russell said. “All of these four
athletes essentially nominated themselves by virtue of their
performances, and we look forward to many more athletes doing likewise
throughout the upcoming season.”
The other nominations for the marathon and 10,000m are
scheduled to be decided later in May 2014. The bulk of the Track and
Field athlete nominations will be made to the ACGA following the 92nd
Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games Selection
Trials – April 3-6.
Through its ‘Go Glasgow’ program, the Australian
Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) is distributing $8 million of its
own funds to support athlete preparation in the 18 Games programs sports
in addition to meeting the full costs (approximately $7 million) of
sending the Team to compete in Glasgow (SCO) at the 2014 Commonwealth
Australian athletics is a major beneficiary of the ‘Go Glasgow’ program and is grateful for the ACGA’s ongoing support.