Sprint­ers on track for tri­als

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - JOHN SALVADO

THE most cel­e­brated event in track and field will make a wel­come re­turn to top billing in Aus­tralia at the Com­mon­wealth Games tri­als.

Aus­tralia hasn’t pro­duced an in­di­vid­ual medal­list in the men’s short sprint at Com­mon­wealth level since the early 1960s, back when the race was still run over 100 yards.

Given the high stan­dard of sprint­ing across the Com­mon­wealth, that podium drought isn’t likely to end at the April 4-15 Games on the Gold Coast. But in the likes of Josh Clarke, Jack Hale, Trae Wil­liams and Ro­han Browning — all aged 22 or un­der — Aus­tralia has a crack­ing 4x100m re­lay squad in the mak­ing, with the prospect of some sig­nif­i­cant in­di­vid­ual suc­cess to come fur­ther down the track.

“Some of our sprint­ers are on the precipice of big break­throughs,” Aus­tralian head coach Craig Hil­liard said ahead of the tri­als, which run from to­day to Sun­day at Met­ri­con Sta­dium.

“Whereas we have had one or two very good sprint­ers at the same time ... we’ve now got a very strong squad.

“In terms of depth you prob­a­bly have to go back to our 1995 sil­ver medal world cham­pi­onships re­lay team (in­clud­ing the likes of Damien Marsh and Steve Bri­ma­combe).”

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