At their last track meeting before going on the next month's Montreal Olympics, Australia's women's athletic team turned in some excellent times at Sydney's Hensley Park last Sunday (20 June).
Australian women's Olympic Athletic team meeting - GV: Start and finish of 100 metres
GV: Start and finish of 400 metres
GV: Crowd with umbrellas up
GV: Start and finish of 200 metres
GVS: Starts and finish on wet track-800 metres (3 shots)
SPORT: TRACK & FIELD
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Background: At their last track meeting before going on the next month's Montreal Olympics, Australia's women's athletic team turned in some excellent times at Sydney's Hensley Park last Sunday (20 June).
SYNOPSIS: Despite the rain and a heavy track, Roylene Boyle got off to a good start in the 100 metre event. Running strongly, she steadily pulled ahead of the rest of the field to win at 11.8 seconds. Sue Jowett came second with Denise Robertson third.
The 400 metre event and all eyes were on Beth Nail. An Australian hope for a medal, Nail was up against tough competition but she forged ahead to establish a New South Wales record with 52.6 seconds - her third fastest time ever. This brought her within 0.1 seconds of teamate Charlene Rendina's Australian record.
In the 200 metres Raylene Beyle again showed she will be a force to contend with at the Olympics, particularly on a dry track. She had a great run, clocking in at 22.6 seconds - only 0.1 seconds outside the Commonwealth record and a new New South Wales Open record. She was four metres ahead of the other four Olympic sprinters, Sue Jowett, Beth Nail, Denise Robertson and Debbie Wells.
The 800 metres - and once again a strong field. About 3000 fans braved the wind and rain to see the 25-storing Olympic track and field team compete against 40 other top class athletes.
As the race went on it was obvious Charlene Rendina was too strong for her opponents and she went on to win with a creditable 2 minute 5.9 seconds. She was 13 seconds ahead of J. Windred in second place with R. McCarthy another five seconds behind in third place.