Inside Athletics

Relay team blunder

Athletics Australia has blamed an ``administrative error'' for Tasmanian Tristan Thomas appearing to be cut from the Olympic 4x400-metre relay team.

A press release from AA on June 13 named the Australian men's 4x400m relay team for London as ``Brendan Cole (ACT), Joel Milburn (NSW), Ben Offereins (WA), Steven Solomon (NSW), John Steffensen (NSW), Tristan Thomas (Tas)''.

However, when that same press release appeared in the archives on AA's website it listed the team as: ``Joel Milburn (NSW), Ben Offereins (WA), Steven Solomon (NSW), John Steffensen (NSW)''.

Both AA media adviser Cody Lynch and high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth said yesterday that the alteration made no difference to Thomas's chances to run the relay.

``Tristan and Brendan will be considered but were not officially named in the team for that event, which is why it has been taken off the website,'' Lynch said.

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