Tristan Thomas has started his international campaign in the lead up to the world championships in the same stellar form he finished the domestic season in, lowering his personal best to 48.68 in finishing second in the 400m hurdles at the Osaka Grand Prix.
Thomas, who featured on the front cover of the April edition of Inside Athletics, lowered his personal best by 0.18 seconds from the 48.86 seconds he recorded when winning the Sydney Track Classic.
Thomas finished just eight hundredths of a second behind reigning world champion and Olympic silver medalist Kerron Clement, signaling that he will be a force to reckon with on the European circuit.
In the same race Brendan Cole set a new personal best of 49.35 seconds in finishing fifth: a B-qualifer for the world championships and only a tenth of a second outside the A-standard.
Australia's fortunes in the relay events were mixed, with the women's 4x400m quartet of Tamsyn Lewis, Jodie Henry, Madeleine Pape and Pirrenee Steinert easily running under the world championships standard of 3:31.00 with a performance of 3:28.97, a particularly solid performance with Lewis her second race of the night (Lewis won the 400m in 51.80).
"?The girls were just ecstatic, they ran so well, it was the perfect order," said Tamsyn Lewis, who anchored the team.
?A lot of people have had doubts on the 4 x 400m girls, we haven?t really been given an opportunity for a few years.
?To come over and do the time, and say pick us now, we can do it when it counts, is very exciting. If Jana (Rawlinson) can get back into 50.4 shape it will be a very formidable team in Berlin.?
The women's 4x100m team improved on their 44.00 seconds at the Sydney Track Classic to run 43.95 seconds, but are still an angonising five hundredths of a second short of the qualifying time for Berlin.
Australian 400m champion Sean Wroe and runner-up John Steffensen placed third (45.32) and fourth (45.35) behind world champion Jeremy Wariner's winning time of 44.69 seconds, whilst the men's 800m saw a trifecta for the Australian men, with Lachlan Renshaw bouncing back from the disappointment of finishing second at the national titles to win in 1:47.38 from Jeff Riseley, with Ryan Gregson slashing over three seconds from his personal best with a run of 1:47.94.
Other winners included Sally McLellan who took out the 100m in 11.46 seconds (-0.9 m/s) and Kimberley Mickle, whose throw of 62.65m in the javelin showed promising consistency, with her throws in her last five competitions all being over 60 metres.
Other Australians competing were Kaila McNight, who was third in the 1500m in a personal best of 4:11.47; the men's 4x100m team, which placed second in 39.32; Josh Ross, who was fourth in the A race of the 100m in 10.39 (+0.8); Lauren Boden was 6th in the 400m hurdles in 57.83 seconds;Daniel Martin, who placed 7th in the 110m hurdles in 14.23 seconds; and Chris Noffke, who was well below his best in leaping to 7th place in the long jump with 7.47m.
Quotes courtesy of Athletics Australia