Australia will send a team of athletes to the world titles which commence on August 25; headlined by 2003 world 400m hurdles champion Jana Rawlinson .
Additions today include confirmation of the women’s 4 x 100m relay teams, along with the inclusion of Tamsyn Lewis in the 800m.
After producing a surprise world championships qualifier in May - the fastest time by an Australian team (43.62 seconds) since 2000 - our women’s 4 x 100m relay team has also been finalised. Three-time Australian sprint champion Sally McLellan (QLD) will be joined by fellow Commonwealth Games relay bronze medallist Crystal Attenborough (NT), hurdles specialist Fiona Cullen (QLD), 23 year-old New South Wales athlete Preya Carey and Tasmanian primary school teacher Melissa Kay
For Lewis, who turns 29 on Friday, today’s announcement is an early present.
With a victory at this year’s national titles and a collection of 800m B-qualifiers under her belt, Lewis headed to Europe endeavouring to post that elusive 800m A-qualifier of two-minutes flat. At the IAAF World Tour meeting in Athens (July 2) Lewis recorded an impressive 1:59.45 – the 13th fastest in the world this year and her fastest time since 2003.
Lewis made her World Championships debut in Seville in 1999 as a 21-year-old. Finishing sixth in her 800m heat (2:03.03), unfortunately she was a first-round casualty. Since then, she has made two appearances at the world titles in 2001 and 2003, finishing seventh (2:03.16) and eighth (2:05.11) in the semi finals of the 800m respectively.
TELSTRA AUSTRALIAN ATHLETICS SQUAD
11TH IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
AUGUST 25 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2007
100m Sally McLellan (QLD)
1500m Lisa Corrigan (ACT), Sarah Jamieson (VIC)
5000m Eloise Wellings (NSW)
10000m Benita Johnson (VIC)
100mH Sally McLellan (QLD)
400mH Jana Rawlinson (NSW)
3000m steeplechase Donna MacFarlane (TAS), Victoria Mitchell (VIC)
Pole vault Alana Boyd (QLD), Kym Howe (WA)
Long jump Bronwyn Thompson (QLD)
Discus Dani Samuels (NSW)
Heptathlon Kylie Wheeler (WA)
20km walk Jane Saville (NSW)
4x100m relay squad Sally McLellan (QLD), Crystal Attenborough (NT), Fiona Cullen (QLD), Preya Carey (NSW), Melissa Kay (TAS)
photo Getty Images