Of all of the Australian teams selected for the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships next month, it is the distance squads rather than the traditional sprint relays that hold the most hope of success.
had his leg ripped open by a bull in the streets of Spain when he was 19. Last year, he was so overweight his wife laughed at him as he tried to pull the Stawell Gift bib over his belly. On Monday, he won the Gift in the most dramatic of fashions.
Minutes before the biggest race of her life, Emily Brichacek's
coach, Ted McLean
, took the Canberra athlete’s hand and placed an acorn in her palm.
Australia’s fastest ever woman, Melissa Breen
, has been given just a third of the funding she was expected to get – $4000 – prompting wealthy businesswoman Susan Alberti to again step in and do what her sport did not.
One of Australia’s greatest athletes will bid farewell to the sport on Saturday, albeit not in the fashion he had planned.