Sprinters on track for trials
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).”