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A relay runner who has been in the wilderness for 18 months is the shock selection in Australia's Olympic team.

Joel Milburn, a Beijing Olympian, missed the domestic season because of a hamstring injury but has been named in the 4x400m relay team for London on the back of an impressive performance at a low-key meeting in Brisbane last week.

A team of 54 - the biggest since Sydney 2000 and the largest of any sport for this year's Games - was nominated by Athletics Australia whose stated aim is six medals in London.

It included Canberra sprinter Melissa Breen in the 100m, the only B-standard qualifier in an individual event, and another forgotten hero, Josh Ross, who was named in the 4x100m team.

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