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Nike Shuts Down Oregon Project

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In a memo that was sent to Runners World, Nike CEO Mark Parker wrote: “This situation, along with ongoing unsubstantiated assertions, is a distraction for many of the athletes and is compromising their ability to focus on their training and competition needs. I have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project.”

He added that Nike will help current athletes as “they choose the coaching set up that is right for them.”

The official Nike Oregon Project website is no longer available.

Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic

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Luke Mathews and Matthew Ramsden have both gone sub-4 in the mile at the Prefontaine Classic this morning. Mathews finished sixth with a time of 3:54.53 and Ramsden finished twelfth in 3:59.80. Full results can be seen below.

 

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Thiago ANDRÈ BRA Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic BRABRA 3:51.99
2 Chris O’HARE GBR Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic GBRGBR 3:53.34
3 Henrik INGEBRIGTSEN NOR Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic NORNOR 3:53.79
4 Jakub HOLUŠA CZE Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic CZECZE 3:53.97
5 Fouad ELKAAM MAR Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic MARMAR 3:54.39
6 Luke MATHEWS AUS Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic AUSAUS 3:54.53
7 Andrew WHEATING USA Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic USAUSA 3:55.23
8 Lopez LOMONG USA Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic USAUSA 3:55.67
9 Charles PHILIBERT-THIBOUTOT CAN Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic CANCAN 3:55.83
10 Christian SORATOS USA Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic USAUSA 3:56.68
11 Jakob INGEBRIGTSEN NOR Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic NORNOR 3:58.07
12 Matthew RAMSDEN AUS Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic AUSAUS 3:59.80
13 David PRINCIPE USA Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic USAUSA 4:00.73
14 John GREGOREK USA Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic USAUSA 4:03.27
Harun ABDA USA Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic USAUSA DNF
Patrick CASEY USA Mathews Mathews and Ramsden go Sub 4 at Pre Classic USAUSA DNF

Coates Wins Australian Olympic Committee Election 58-35

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John Coates has staved off Danni Roche‘s challenge for the Australian Olympic Committee presidency, extending a record reign until 2021.

Coates, who turns 67 tomorrow, clinched victory after an acrimonious battle with Roche, 46, as the nation’s Olympic officials gathered in Sydney to vote.

Unchallenged since 1990, Coates received the majority support of the 33 summer and seven winter sports and the 13 members of the executive.

Coates will step down from International Olympic Council vice-presidency in four monthsbecause of term limits.

The vote, held at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Circular Quay, marked a clash of generations.

Coates campaigned on the basis of unmatched international connections.

Roche paraded claims around making sport and athletes renewed priorities.

The AOC executive will receive a report from three retired judges into allegations of bullying on June 1.

The accusation was levelled against AOC media director Mike Tancred by former CEO Fiona de Jong.

Source: Herald Sun

2017 IAAF World Relays Teams Announced

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Australia’s women’s 4x400m relay team will duel for automatic qualification to the London 2017 IAAF World Championships at the 2017 IAAF World Relays in Nassau (BAH) on 22-23 April.

Starting alongside the best relay squads from across the globe, the green and gold contingent announced by Athletics Australia today also includes a men’s and women’s 4x800m relay team to bring the confirmed team size to 15.

To be led by national 400m champion Morgan Mitchell (Vic) and her Rio 2016 teammates, Caitlin Jones (Qld) and Anneliese Rubie (NSW), the women’s 4x400m relay team also includes Australian Athletics Championships silver medallist Olivia Tauro (NSW) and 200m specialist Ella Nelson (NSW).

Mitchell, Jones and Rubie delivered one of the highlights of the Olympic Games last year when they progressed to the final of the women’s 4x400m relay on time, while Tauro makes her return to an Australian squad for the first time since the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. It is Nelson’s maiden start with the women’s 4x400m relay.

The men’s 4x800m relay team boasts Luke Mathews (Vic), Joshua Ralph (NSW), James Gurr (NSW), Mason Cohen (NSW) and Jordan Williamsz (Vic), with the women’s team featuring Lora Storey (NSW), Zoe Buckman (Vic), Heidi See (NSW), Abbey de la Motte (Vic) and Alicia Kerr (NSW).

Team Australia will also include a men’s 4x100m relay team if they are successfully added to entry lists via the IAAF Roll-Down Process. They will compete at the Mt Sac Relays in Torrance (USA) in the lead-up to the IAAF World Relays to ensure their best possible chance for inclusion, with competition at this event made possible by the Gold Coast GOLD Relay Program supported by Commonwealth Games Australia.

The IAAF World Relays will be held on 22-23 April 2017 at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau (BAH). It is the third consecutive time that the event have been hosted in the Caribbean nation.

In 2015, Australia won three bronze medals at the IAAF World Relays, crossing the line third in the men’s and women’s 4x800m relay and men’s distance medley relay teams on the podium.

For more information on the IAAF World Relays, please click here.

A Day of records for Riley and more

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It has been a meet record breaking day at the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, with history rewritten in six events on day four at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre.

Launching proceedings was Alla Parnov (WA), who soared 3.51m in the girl’s under 14 pole vault to win gold and claim the mark held by her sister, the London 2012 Olympian Liz Parnov on her second attempt.

Parnov entered the competition at 3.10m and made light work of her opening height before first attempt clearances at 3.25m and 3.35m. Raising the bar to 3.56m after success at her winning height, the 13-year-old was unable to progress, sharing the medal dais with her twin sister Natasha Parnov (WA, second, 3.00m) and Georgia Taylor (Vic, third, 2.85m).

Lauren Smith (SA) was next to make her mark, throwing 42.31m in the girl’s under 14 hammer throw to smash the previous championship record by more than two and a half metres.

Opening her four throw series with 40.81m, she continued with a 39.07m effort, a foul and her national title winning result to close proceedings. The silver medal was won by Breanna Griffiths (NSW, second, 38.40m), with Georgia Tarr (Vic, third, 33.15m) claiming bronze.

Action then moved to the track, with Lily Pree (WA, 28.13) quicker than ever before in the girl’s under 15 200m, before Carley Thomas (NSW) and Cara Jardine (Qld) both stopped the clock quicker than the previous meet record in the final of the girl’s under 18 800m.

Stopping the clock in 2:05.70 and 2:06.29 respectively, both performances were qualifiers for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau (BAH) later this year.

Equally impressive in the girl’s under 20 200m were Riley Day (Qld) and Ella Connolly (Qld), with the fast-paced duo both eclipsing the previous mark of Jana Pittman.

Day stopped the clock in 23.26 (w: +0.5) to ensure her sprint double in the 100m and 200m, as Connolly won silver in 23.66 to sit alongside the gold medal she won in the longer 400m earlier in the program.

“I’m incredibly happy with that. It was just great to run against the other girls. My previous PB was 23.51 or something so I didn’t really expect that,” Day said.

“If faster times come, they come. If the qualifier for London comes, it comes. I’m not really thinking about it at the moment. I’m young and there is plenty of time for me to worry about that.

Connolly returns home today, with the 16-year-old delighted by her results at the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships.

“I’m pumped about that run. My best friend is out there, Riley Day, and to see her running really well too is just awesome. It’s great to be able to experience that with her,” Connolly said.

“And I was absolutely stoked with my 400m. There is obviously a lot of talented girls in my age group with three of them having Commonwealth Youth Games qualifiers so I was so glad to take the win,” Connolly said.

“My coach, Gary Paterson, and I like to focus on one thing at a time and here is was the Bahamas and the under 18 team. I had to win and run a qualifier to put myself in the best position. The game plan we came up with together worked.”

Connolly is the younger sister of high jumper, Josh Connolly, and she now hopes to follow him into a green and gold uniform after his previous starts at the IAAF World Youth Championships and IAAF World Under 20 Championships.

“I’ve watched my brother go away to compete for Australia twice and to possibly have the chance to do the same would be incredible. He’s someone I have always looked to in athletics and to follow in his footsteps would a dream come true,” Connolly said.

Not to be outdone in the boy’s race was Yadin Ngeng (NSW). Joining Day and Connolly on the qualifiers list for Nassau 2017, the 16-year-old ran a personal best of 21.15m to stake his claim for nomination to compete with the Australian team at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The long list of meet records was rounded out by Montanna McAvoy (Qld) in the girl’s under 18 3000m.

Taking line honours in 9:14.67, McAvoy was dominant from the outset, with her performance improving her personal best and staking her claim for nomination to compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

The silver, Katrina Robinson (Qld, 9:19.16), and bronze medallist, Melany Smart (WA, 9:22.07), also ran faster than the previous meet record.

Not to be outdone in junior para-athletics events were Jack Lobley (NSW) and Rosemary Boyland (NSW), with both qualifying for the World Junior Para-Athletics Championships in the shot put.

Competing in the boy’s under 20 events, Lobley, who has cerebral palsy, threw 11.02m to win gold, while Boyland, who is intellectually disabled, hit 10.79m to win the girl’s event.

The 2017 Australian Athletics Championships welcome open athletes for the first time tomorrow, with Olympic decathlete Cedric Dubler (Qld) among the starters.

 

Kim Mickle Injured in Inaugural AFLW Season

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Two-time Olympic athlete Kim Mickle will miss the remainder of the inaugural AFLW season with Fremantle Dockers because of a knee injury.

Mickle, a world championships silver medallist in the javelin, sustained the injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s AFLW match against Brisbane Lions at Fremantle Oval.

Scans revealed she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament in what was her first appearance for the Dockers in the AFLW.

She was unavailable for the Dockers’ historic first-round match the previous weekend because of a hip injury.

“The results of the scans were quite a shock,” Mickle said.

“I didn’t expect this to be a major injury at all, but you win some and you lose some, and now I just want to look ahead to what my options are and determine a course of action for my recovery.”
Mickle is no stranger to dealing with injury setbacks, as her track and field career has been blighted by stints on the sideline.

She dislocated her right shoulder during the qualifying round at last year’s Rio Olympics and needed a reconstruction only 11 months after having undergone the same procedure.

The Rio injury was particularly stressful for Mickle, who was put under sedation after being sent to hospital before the shoulder was finally put back in after three hours.

Mickle had needed surgery in 2015 when she dislocated her shoulder during a gym training session in the build-up to the Beijing world championships where she could not progress to the final after being a medal contender.

The now 32-year-old has enjoyed international success in track and field, highlighted by winning silver at the 2013 world titles in Moscow.

She won Commonwealth Games gold the following year in Glasgow.

Round 1: Nitro Athletics Men’s 1 Mile Elimination

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Australian Matthew Ramsden, who was running for the Bolt All-Stars, has taken out the victory in the Men’s 1 Mile Elimination. It came down to a sprint finish between himself and Australian Olympian Jeff Riseley.

Nitro Final: Usain Bolt Runs Individual 150m

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Usain Bolt took a comfortable victory at the Final of the Nitro Athletics Melbourne series on the 11th February 2017.

Mitchell, Stevens, Rubie and Mathews Take Out Medley Relay

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Morgan Mitchell, Luke Stevens, Annaliese Rubie and Luke Mathews have taken out the mixed Medley Relay at the Nitro Athletics Final. The Australian team finished finished just ahead of the English team after Rubie took the lead on her 600m leg.

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Sebastian Coe and Isis Holt Arrive with the Nitro Athletics World Cup

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Lord Sebastian Coe has arrived at Lakeside Stadium for the Nitro Athletics Final with Australian Paralympian Isis Holt. They arrived in style with the Crown Helicopter touching down in the middle of Lakeside Stadium with the Nitro Athletics World Cup, which will be presented to the winning team at the conclusion of the night.Sebastian Coe sebastian coe Sebastian Coe and Isis Holt Arrive with the Nitro Athletics World Cup helicopter min