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Lacaze confirms selection for world championships

Genevieve Lacaze has ensured that there won't be any drama around her selection for this year's world championships, with the Queenslander recording an A-qualifying standard in Puerto Rico.

Lacaze took line honours in a personal best time of 9:37.62, which guarantees automatic selection for Moscow following her victory at the national championships in April.

It's a much easier road to selection than the 23-year-old faced for last year's Olympic Games, where she qualified just after the close of Athletics Australia's nomination deadline to the Australian Olympic Committee. The ensuing drama following media comments by AA Head Coach Eric Hollingsworth and a decision of the Athletics Australia Board to not select the US based Lacaze saw widespread mainstream and social media condemnation, before the Australian Olympic Committee intervened and AA reversed their decision to enable her Olympic debut.

“In some ways yesterday was a bit make or break," Lacaze said.

"I would have been on a plane to New York for the Diamond League had I not run the time, and because I had planned to push for the qualifier in Ponce my coach and I hadn’t set too much in stone from this weekend on. Now we can sit down, make a plan around racing in Europe, and focus on being at my best in Moscow.”

In other international performances Mitch Watt made a slow start to his international campaign, failing to qualify for the top 8 in the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai with a best jump of 7.58m. In action on the roads, Lara Tamsett finished third in the Naoko Takahashi Cup Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon in a time of 73:33 while at the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon Liam Adams (64:36) and Nikki Chapple (72:44) took line honours.