Australian hopes of winning gold medals in this year's athletic events at the Munich Olympic Games are high after ???
Australian hopes of winning gold medals in this year's athletic events at the Munich Olympic Games are high after ??? weekend's Australian Athletic Championships at Perth.
Among those closely watched by the Australian Olympic selectors was the World 3000 metres steeplechase record holder. Kerry O'Brien of Western Australia. In the 1968 Mexico Olympics O'Brien could manage only fourth in the steeplechase event with a time of 8 minutes and 52 secs. However, his world record time is 8 minutes 22 secs. At Perth O'Brien completed the course in 8 minutes 31.2 seconds - well outside his world record, but considerably better than his Mexico performance.
Pam Kilborn-Ryan is a likely Australian contender for the Olympic Gold Medal in the 200 metres hurdle event. Her world record of 25.7 seconds for the distance still awaits official confirmation. At Perth she had little trouble on beating her rivals in a time of 26.4 seconds.
Rayleen Boyle from the Australian state of Victoria has her sights set on a medal in the Womens 100 metres event. She holds the Australian record for the distance - 11.1 seconds, but has not yet managed to reach the world record time of 11 seconds exactly held jointly by W. Tyus of the United States and Chi Cheng of Taiwan.
Rayleen Boyle finished fourth in the final of the 100 metres at the Mexico Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: The Australian Athletic Championships at Perth during the weekend - and all eyes were on those competitors likely to represent Australia at the Munich Olympics. Kerry O'Brien is one of Australia's brightest hopes. He holds the world record for the 3000 metres steeplechase and will be looking to improve on his fourth placing at the 1968 Olympics. O'Brien was No. 174 in this event. The field drawn against him was a useful one including Mogaka from Kenya.
Mogaka led the field over the water jump with O'Brien close behind.
At the finish O'Brien is the clear leader - completing the course in 8 minutes 31-point-2 seconds. That's nearly ten seconds outside his world record - but a lot better than his performance for fourth at Mexico
Pam Kilborn-Ryan is an Australian hope for the gold medal in the 200 metres hurdles at Munich. Her world record time of 25.7 seconds awaits official confirmation.
At Perth, Pam Ryan showed her ability by completely outclassing her rivals - who included Rallins of the United States.
Rayleen Boyle will be looking for a medal in the 100 metres event at Munich. In the final at the Australian Athletic Championships she had no difficulty in beating the best her country could offer. Her best time for this distance has ben 11-point-1 second which is just a tenth of a second away from the world record for the event held jointly by Tyus of the United States and Chi Cheng of Taiwan.