SPLIT (CRO): Jamaican Ricardo Chambers clocked fastest 4x400 m split at the IAAF/VTB Continental Cup in Split with 44.26 as anchor for winning Americas Team. As Mark Butler informs, US Greg Nixon who ran the third leg had also impressive 44.56. In second European team two sub 45 seconds legs for Kevin Borlee on the second 44.66 and anchor Martyn Rooney 44.71. Fastest for Africa was Kenyan Mark Mutai on the second leg 45.00 and for Asia-Pacific also second runner delivered the best split 45.47 Ben Offereins. In women race the fastest split for Russian European champion Tatyana Firova as anchor for second Team Europe 50.32. For winning Americas the fastest 50.70 of Debbie Dunn as second runner (anchor Christine Amertil had 51.48). Third Africa had very fast last part by individual winner Amantle Montsho (50.81) and fourth Asia-Pacific fastest runner was Jody Henry at second leg 52.20.
MELBOURNE (AUS): Australian middle distance talent and record holder Ryan Gregson (20) has a stress fracture in his foot and notified Athletics Australia earlier this week of his withdrawal from the team. Informs Insideathletics website. “Obviously I‘m devastated,” said Gregson in an exclusive interview with Inside Athletics. The injury had forced Gregson to withdraw from his two most recently scheduled races in Brussels and Split. Gregson’s withdrawal comes as a major blow to the Australian team on the back of fellow 1500m runner Jeff Riseley’s withdrawal in July due to plantar fascia surgery. In an event where Australia boasts exceptional depth, the nation’s best two athletes will not be present; With the deadline for additional selections closed Australia will not fill its quota of three athletes in the event, with Jeremy Roff and Mitch Kealey the only two athletes set to take to the track in the metric mile. Gregson should be back for Australian domestic season.
SYDNEY (AUS): Both sprinter Matt Shirvington and long jumper Fabrice Lapierre have backed John Steffenson’s decision to boycott the Commonwealth Games over a row with Athletics Australia. Shirvington claims Athletics Australia must make significant changes before becoming a super power again in athletics and says to understand Steffensen’s situation. Shirvington especially fires at the selection procedure that holds the Australian national championships in April and so decides over its Commonwealth selection several months before the event takes place in October.
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