Sporting authorities in Australia are confident that this year's team for the Olympic Games will be their best ever.
Sporting authorities in Australia are confident that this year's team for the Olympic Games will be their best ever. The Games begin at Munich on August 26th.
In the team is 18-year-old Lynette Tillett, one of the most talked-about young athletes in Australia. She has her sights set on the world record for the long jump - 22 feet, 5 1/2 inches (6.84m), at present held by Heide Rosendahl of West Germany. Already Miss Tillett has recorded a leap of 21 feet, 8 1/2 inches (6.62m) - but this was disallowed because, in the judge's opinion, it was wind-assisted.
Gary Knoke will be taking part in his third Olympic Games. His speciality is the 400 metres hurdles, in which he is currently rated third in the world (behind Koskei of Kenya and Collins of the United States).
Taking part in the 1500 metres and the four by four hundred metres relay at Munich will be Australia's Cheryl Peasley. The triple jump hope from Australia this year is Mick McGrath. His best leap is one of 54.2 ft.
The would record holder in the steeplechase is Kerry O'Brien of Australia. After his winning performance in the Australian Championships at Perth his selection became a foregone conclusion.
Also in the Australian team, and shown on this film, are Pam Ryan - the brilliant woman hurdler, ranked third in the world over 100 metres, and Rayleen Boyle, ranked second in the world in the 100 metres sprint.
As in most recent Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Australia will again produce a very strong contingent of swimmers. They are led by one competitor who is expected to dominate the Munich Olympics - Shane Gould. She is ranked number one in the world in no fewer than seven events, and is aged only 15.