Australia's performance at the world champs seems to haved finished with a flourish. There are strong signs leading into London. Its exciting to think that even when the 4 x 400, Hooker, Dani and the walkers don't medal in the 20km the squad is developing some depth across many events. Again the field events have been the leading light with the exception of Sally's outstanding performance. The relay teams may have not made the finals but fact is the times required to go through to finals were at all time highs...not sure how many countries outside of the USA, Russia and China can boast medallist in such a diverse range of events such as relays, discus, pole vault, hurdles, long jumps and walks across the last few major championships. Great job to all involved and London coudld potentially reap 5-6 medals.
It will be the non targetted events that will win the medals if history is the way of the future.
Aussies did well everywhere except in straight running events on the track and road: Aussies finished something like 8th on the medals table and 12th on the points - with 204 nations competing. Aussies even beat Ethiopia I think (medals?)
Every thrower Aust sent to Daegu made a final. Sally Pearson may have produced the equal most stunning performance on the track with Usain Bolt. Both ran fourth fastest time in history in their 100 hurdles and 200m respectively.
But Aussies were not represented in events from 100m to 800m inclusive - male or female - and then the nine runners who were sent to Daegu failed to make a final. The three relays also failed to reach a final, although the Aussie men ran faster in the 4x400 in Daegu than they did for bronze in Berlin. Go figure.
Maybe the aussies just can't run fast enough.
Eric wanted 5 medals and a top 10 performance. We got 3 medals and came either 8th or 12th depending on which way you look.
"“The other basic key performance indicator for us is to be inside the top ten as a nation, so we’ve got to get at least another 10 finalists alongside the five medals we’re looking for to get somewhere around 55 to 60 points."
If we didn't get them, is that deemed a pass mark?
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