The Australian athletics team been boosted to 60 athletes ahead of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
NSW Institute of Sport athlete Steven Solomon (400m & 4x400m) will co-captain the team with Genevieve Gregson (3000m Steeplechase).
The team is the second largest ever sent by Australia to compete at the World Athletics Championships (61 athletes competed in London 2017).
Seven NSWIS athletes have been included in the side:
- Nicola McDermott – high jump
- Rohan Browning – 100m
- Steve Solomon – 400m & 4x400m relay
- Morgan McDonald – 5000m
- Nick Hough – 110m hurdles
- Brandon Starc – high jump
- Carley Thomas – 800m
The IAAF has released provisional entry lists for the Championships, which can be seen here.
209 countries from around the world will compete in the competition, with 1928 entries comprising of 1039 men and 889 women taking part.
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3️⃣ weeks until the World Championships in Doha 🇶🇦🇦🇺 Congratulations to all athletes and coaches who today received their formal notification of selection. Extending an EXTRA BIG thank you to my team, lead by Penny Gillies 🏃💨 I’ll be competing in the 400M and 4x400M relay. 🔥 Very excited to welcome my training partner @bellaogrady to her senior debut in the 💚💛. We’re sending one of our largest teams EVER to Qatar, and I’m PUMPED to see some incredible and inspirational performances from our talented and energetic team in a few weeks time 🇦🇺🥇🥈🥉 More to come 🌟 #mödern
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Due to injury, Claire Woods (50km Walk) and Tyler Gunn (4x400m) have withdrawn from the Australian Team but thanks to the IAAF roll down process, Bella O’Grady (Penny Gillies) has been selected to represent Australia in the individual 400m and Alysha Burnett (Zsuzsanna Olgyay-Szabó) has been selected for the high jump.
The team has been based in different training camps around the world to suit their personal routines and preferences, including Cairns, Spain, and the AIS European Training Centre in Italy.
This week the athletes will travel to Doha ahead of competition which starts on Friday 27th September.
To see a full schedule of the events, go here.
The full team can be seen here.
The event is being broadcast live and exclusively on Eurosport Australia (Foxtel), who will provide an extensive coverage of the championships.