Commonwealth Games hopeful Brianna Beahan has run second
in the women’s 100m hurdles at the weekend ACT Championships in Canberra.
The 26 year-old had earlier in the summer, run narrowly
shy of an A-qualifying standard at the Perth Track Classic but conditions in
the nation’s capital made fast times harder to come by.
Running into a headwind, Beahan clocked 13.15sec (-1.2)
to register another B-qualifier, with victory going to hurdles queen Sally
Pearson in 12.87 (-1.2).
Pearson – the reigning world champion in the discipline –
said the conditions in Canberra had made a repeat of the quick times seen in
Perth, difficult to replicate.
"Two weeks ago in Perth I ran about 12.5 and smashed
three hurdles, so to come out today and with a headwind like that and run times
like that, I was pretty disappointed.It is not a setback, these things
happen the human body does what the human body wants.It’s only January
and I’ve got plenty of time before the Commonwealth Games.”
"I’m going really well in training, obviously I don’t
peak for these type of competitions, we peak for the majors, so training is
going really well. It is just a matter of putting out the races in times I like
to see. Hopefully the times will come down, which I know they will.”
Beahan is considered a strong chance to earn selection
for the Australian team at April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with
Athletics Australia set to select from a full quota of athletes for the meet.
The Innaloo resident is just a fraction off
the A-qualifying time for the hurdles (.01 of a second) and is also expected to be a prominent
member of the Australian women’s relay squad for the Gold Coast.
In the men’s 400m hurdles, reigning national champion Ian
Dewhurst continued his build up for the Australian Athletics Championships with
a second place effort behind Kiwi hurdler Cameron French.
Dewhurst ran home in 50.04sec and will be aiming to make
his first Australian representative appearance since the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Fellow 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games representative Zoe
Timmers missed adding another B-qualifier to her summer collection after she
had three unsuccessful attempts at 1.85m. The 28 year-old sailed over 1.75m and
1.80m at the first time of asking and finished in third place in Canberra
behind Nicola McDermott (1.90m) and Eleanor Patterson (1.85m).
Grant Szalek (2.05m) was sixth in the men’s high jump
which was won by Malaysia’s Lee Hup Wei (2.28m).
Javelin thrower Cruz Hogan recently collected a B-qualifier
at the Perth Track Classic as he continues back to full fitness from elbow and
knee injuries. In Canberra, he was just shy of B-mark again, registering a best
throw of 73.02m behind reigning national champion Hamish Peacock (76.07m).
Hogan’s training partner Luke Cann was third, with a best
effort of 70.04m.
In the women’s 400m hurdles in Canberra, 2016 U20 World
Championship representative Alanah Yukich ran sixth behind winner Lauren Wells,
in a time of 59.64, whilst in the women's 100m wheelchair sprint, Robyn Lambird (19.90) took out third place behind race winner Angie Ballard (17.56).