Inside Athletics

Relay team chases Olympic berth in Philadelphia

An allegedly under-strength Australian 4x400m team will take on most of the nations that stand between them and Olympic selection at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, this weekend.

The top 16 countries, ranked on the aggregate of their two fastest relay times since last year, automatically qualify to compete at the London Olympic Games from July 27-August 12.

Australia currently sits 17th - one place outside the eligible pool - because the 3min 01.56sec run at last year's world championships in Daegu, Korea, was poorly supported by a back-up performance of 3:05.84 run in Brisbane on January 15.

The Australian squad includes NSWIS 400m Fast Track project training partners Kevin Moore and Matt Lynch, both personally coached by Larry Spencer on the NSW Central Coast. National titleholder Steven Solomon from Sydney, former national champion Ben Offereins from Perth and young Queenslander Alex Beck, coached by 1984 OLympic heptathlon gold medallist Glynis Nunn-Cearns.

Read the full story at the Daily Telegraph