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Six named as starters for IAAF world indoor championships
Istanbul (TUR) is calling for a green and gold contingent of six today after Athletics Australia selectors confirmed the team for the IAAF world indoor championships to be held March 9-11, 2012.
Named in the 60m and 60m hurdles, IAAF World Athlete of the Year and world 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson (Qld) headlines the team. She will be joined by Craig Mottram (Vic, 3000m), Dale Stevenson (Vic, shot put), Alana Boyd (WA, pole vault), Henry Frayne (Qld, triple jump, long jump) and Ryan Foster (Tas, 1500m).
Pearson’s appearance is her first for Australia at a world indoors, and only her third indoor appearance ever after a 2009 trip to the United States saw her clock 7.30 (60m) and 7.96 (60m hurdles) in Boston and New York respectively.
To date this year, the 25-year-old has clocked a season best of 11.25 in her first appearance in the 100m at the Brisbane Track Classic, before last weekend in Sydney blazing the straight to cross in her fastest ever hurdles time domestically of 12.66.
In the field, Commonwealth champion Boyd will look to continue her outstanding outdoor form on the indoor runway. Already boasting seven qualifiers for the Olympic Games, Boyd at the Go for 2&5 Perth Track Classic soared 4.66m to record the best outdoor jump by an Australian ever.
Before the IAAF world indoor championships, all six will compete at the Qantas Melbourne Track Classic & Olympic Trial to be held at Lakeside Stadium (Vic) on March 2 and 3.