DAY 4: Harradine creates history
(Vic) led the Flame performances on
day four of the IAAF world championships, with his fifth place
finish in the men’s discus final the best ever result by an
Australian in the event at either a world championships or Olympic
The Commonwealth champion and national record holder was the
opening thrower in the final, and his first heave was an impressive
64.43m, which after round one had him lying in third.
While Harradine’s second throw looked to have surpassed his
previous effort it fell short at 64.02m and his third landed at
However his first heave was enough to secure him a top eight spot
and a further three throws. The same was not the case for world and
Olympic silver medallist Piotr Malachowski
who was the highest profile scalp from the first three
Harradine then went on to improve his best effort to 64.77m on his
sixth and final throw, to cement his fifth-place finish.
(GER) successfully defended his
world title with a winning throw of 68.97m, while Gerd
(EST) finished second and Ehsan
Harradine said: “I’m really happy, it wasn’t a bad performance at
all but I just felt like there was a medal there for me and I let
“I’m super happy with the consistency of the evening. My goal was
to get out there and consolidate it in the first round, then try
and rip it from there.
“It’s a stepping stone for sure, my goal after the Commonwealth
games was to finish in the final at world champs and then hopefully
a podium finish for London [Olympics]. I’m ticking those
(ACT) found herself in the fastest
semi-final of the evening, in the 400m hurdles, but was unable to
improve upon her season’s best time of 55.78 set in the previous
With Lashinda Demus
(USA) now looking like a medal
favourite after a convincing 53.82 run, Boden came through in a top
20 place in 56.68.
The six-time national champion said: “Looking at the time I’m not
exactly rapt. It’s weird, it didn’t feel like a slow race, I ran
all my strides and I felt really good.”
Former world champion Jana Pittman
still holds the
fastest time ever hurdled by an Australian at the world
championships with 53.22, which she set on her way to gold in 2003.
She is absent from Daegu (KOR) due to injury, but Boden hopes that
a speedy recovery and injury-free season in 2012 will reap the
rewards for both athletes.
Boden said: “Jana is an amazing athlete and she has shown that
every time she’s stepped onto the track. For me I’ve been able to
learn a lot off her and she’s always taken me under her wing and
gives me advice when she can.
“I honestly really hope that she gets back for next season because
I think that we really need each other to push each other all the
way to London 2012.”
Boden has two days to recover before returning to the track as part
of the women’s 4x400m relay team, alongside Anneliese Rubie (NSW),
Caitlin Pincott(NSW), Caitlin Sargent (Qld).
She added: “Our team is looking really good. The girls are all
running really well and once I’ve processed my hurdles race from
tonight I will be able to start thinking more towards the
In the 1500m, Kaila McKnight
(Vic) maintained a
mid-pack position in what was a slow opening two laps. The
group stayed tight as they went through the bell before
Hellen Onsando Obiri
(KEN) and defending champion
Maryam Yusuf Jamal
(BRN) made a move.
(TUR) was the first of the five
automatic qualifiers for Thursday night’s final in 4:08.58 while
McKnight crossed the line in tenth place and a time of
McKnight said: “I’m happy with my effort, I gave it my best out
there today, it was real rough but this is definitely a good
experience and hopefully will help me next year.
“I tried to get in a really good position but got shoved back a
little bit and then was out wide. I gave it my best and that’s all
I can really ask for.
“I made the semi finals here and I’ve got ten months of hard work
ahead of me but I’m willing to put it in and hopefully step up
again and maybe even make the final.”
In other highlights:
relinquished her world championship
crown in the heptathlon to Tatyana Chernova (RUS).
(KEN) claimed his first 800m world championship
gold medal in a time of 1:43.91, and remains unbeaten since the
semi-final at the 2009 Berlin-hosted world championships.
- At 18 years of age,
(GRN) became the youngest 400m world
champion when he crossed the line in a personal best of 44.60, with
defending champion LaShawn Merritt
(BRA) won the women’s pole vault with 4.85m leap,
upstaging Yelena Isinbayeva
(RUS) who stumbled at
4.65m to finish sixth.
To view and download full results, please visit athletics.com.au
13th IAAF world championships
Wednesday, August 31
09:00 (10:00 AEST):
W 20km walk final:
Regan Lamble (ACT), Claire Tallent
The 2011 IAAF World Championships are LIVE on SBS TWO with daily
highlights from 27 August – 5 September.