Melbourne Track Classic

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Melbourne Track Classic
Date Early March
Location Melbourne, Australia Australia
Event type Track and field
Official site Melbourne Track Classic

The Melbourne Track Classic is an annual outdoor track and field meeting which takes place in early March in Melbourne, Australia. Currently held at the Lakeside Stadium, prior to 2012 the meeting was held at the Olympic Park Stadium.

The competition was inaugurated in the late 1980s at the Olympic Stadium and gained a place on the IAAF Grand Prix circuit in its formative years.[1] It has remained on the major international outdoor track and field circuit, featuring as the opening race of the year on the IAAF World Athletics Tour from 2005 to 2009.[2] It is currently the first race of the IAAF World Challenge series.[3] The event is also the foremost meet of the Australian Athletics Tour.

The Melbourne Track Classic has featured many high level performances including continental Oceanian records by Tim Forsyth in the men's high jump, Nathan Deakes in the men's 5000m walk, Scott Martin in the shot put,[4] Lisa Corrigan in the mile run and Bronwyn Thompson in the women's long jump.[5] National records have also been set at the meeting by New Zealand and Australia's athletes.

Meeting Records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 10.06 Maurice Greene  United States 1998
200 m 19.92 Frankie Fredericks  Namibia 1999
400 m 44.82 Jeremy Wariner  United States 2008
800 m 1:43.15 David Rudisha  Kenya 2010
1500 m 3:32.55 William Chirchir  Kenya 2000
Mile 3:51.54 Simon Doyle  Australia 1991
3000 m 7:45.20 Luke Kipkosgei  Kenya 2000
5000 m 13:08.43 Bernard Lagat  United States 3 March 2011 [6][7]
10000 m 28:30.32 Joseph Kimani  Kenya 2000
110 m hurdles 13.24 Colin Jackson  Great Britain 1996
1999
400 m hurdles 48.40 Bryan Bronson  United States 1998
3000 m steeplechase 8:19.47 John Kosgei  Kenya 2000
High jump 2.31 m Tim Forsyth  Australia 1996
Pole vault 5.81 m Steven Hooker  Australia 2007
Long jump 8.30 m Peter Burge  Australia 2000
Triple jump 16.91 m (0.0 m/s) Henry Frayne  Australia 3 March 2011 [8]
Shot put 21.10 Reese Hoffa  United States 3 March 2011 [9]
Discus throw 63.59 m Ben Harradine  Australia 22 March 2014 [10]
Hammer throw 78.91 m Stuart Rendell  Australia 2003
Javelin throw 87.13 m Sergey Makarov  Russia 1999
5000 m walk (track) 19:19.76 Nick A'hern  Australia 1993
4 × 100 m relay 39.46 Pat Birgan
Ricky Nalatu
Darryl Wohlsen
Damien Marsh
 Australia 1995

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
100 m 11.01 Marion Jones  United States 1998
200 m 22.54 Cathy Freeman  Australia 1993
400 m 49.85 Cathy Freeman  Australia 1996
800 m 1:59.42 Toni Hodgkinson  New Zealand 1997
Tamsyn Lewis  Australia 2000
1500 m 4:06.23 Toni Hodgkinson  New Zealand 2000
Mile 4:22.66 Lisa Corrigan  Australia 2007
3000 m 8:43.51 Sonia O'Sullivan  Ireland 2001
5000 m 15:03.28 Sonia O'Sullivan  Ireland 1998
100 m hurdles 12.49 (+0.8 m/s) Sally Pearson  Australia 3 March 2012 [11][12]
400 m hurdles 54.64 Jana Pittman  Australia 2003
High jump 1.95 m Alison Inverarity  Australia 1995
Pole vault 4.55 m Emma George  Australia 1997
Long jump 7.00 m Bronwyn Thompson  Australia 2002
Triple jump 13.77 m Nicole Mladenis  Australia 2004
Shot put 20.13 m Valerie Adams  New Zealand 3 March 2011 [13]
Discus throw 66.10 m Daniela Costian  Australia 1994
Hammer throw 69.18 m Bronwyn Eagles  Australia 2002
Javelin throw 66.83 m Kimberley Mickle  Australia 22 March 2014 [14]
3000 m walk (track) 11:51.26 Kerry Junna  Australia 1991
4×100 m relay 43.68 Monique Miers
Kathy Sambell
Melinda Gainsford-Taylor
Jane Flemming
 Australia 1994
4×400 m relay 3:32.41 Susan Andrews
Kylie Hanigan
Maree Holland
Cathy Freeman
 Australia 1993

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Len (2011-02-28). Melbourne's Olympic Park - one final look back. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  2. ^ World Athletics Tour. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  3. ^ 2010 IAAF World Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  4. ^ Area Outdoor Records - Men - OCEANIA. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  5. ^ Area Outdoor Records - Women - OCEANIA. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  6. ^ Len Johnson (2011-03-03). "A touch slower, but Rudisha still supreme - IAAF World Challenge". IAAF. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  7. ^ "5000 Metres Results". IAAF. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Triple Jump Results". IAAF. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Shot Put Results". IAAF. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Discus Throw Results". www.athsaus.imgstg.com. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "100 Metres Hurdles Results". IAAF. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Len Johnson (3 March 2012). "Elated Mottram sprints back to form with victory in Melbourne - IAAF World Challenge". IAAF. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Shot Put Results". IAAF. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Len Johnson (22 March 2014). "Mickle promises, Mickle delivers in Melbourne - IAAF World Challenge". IAAF. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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