Three Australian athletes, including three-time Olympic race walking medallist Jared Tallent of Victoria, have been named to the Australian Flame team for the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup.
Tallent joins fellow Victorian Chris Erickson and Kim Mottrom of South Australia on the team for the men’s 50km race walk at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup to be held in Taicang in the People’s Republic of China from 3 – 4 May in 2014.
Tallent and Erickson were both selected based on their performances at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Under the Athletics Australia selection policy for the World Race Walking Cup, any athlete who finished in the top 24 in Moscow gained automatic selection. Tallent took bronze at the World Championships whilst Erickson finished in 16th position, thus earning themselves an automatic berth for Taicana.
Mottrom ensured his selection by winning the Australian 50km Race Walking Championship in Melbourne on Sunday, which was also the official selection trial for the World Race Walking Cup.
“Both Jared and Chris showed last year their ability to perform at the international level and Kim’s performance at the Trial last weekend provides an opportunity for him to make his World Walking Cup debut,” Athletics Australia Chairman of Selectors Dion Russell said.
Selection for all other events at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup will be made in the week beginning 3 February 2014.
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