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ATHLETICS: Dani Samuels led the Australian charge on the first night of Olympic Stadium action by qualifying for the discus final. Mitchell Watt and Henry Frayne also progress to their first Olympic final. Ryan Gregson also progressed to the semi-finals of the 1500m in a good night for the Aussies.
ATHLETICS: Australian long jumper Mitchell Watt was gutted with his silver medal at last year's world championships. Gutted not so much with his failure to win, but with the heel injury that prevented him from getting anywhere near his best after dominating the rest of the 2011 season.
Australia's athletes are spread across Europe this weekend either fine tuning their Olympic preparation, hoping to find form or desperately trying to record an 11th hour qualifier for the Games.
At the Samsung Diamond League in Shanghai Dani Samuels (NSW) equaled her season’s best of 62.34m to finish third in the women’s discus while in the 1500m Kaila McKnight (Vic) came sixth and set a new personal best time of 4:05.61.
IAAF world indoor long jump silver medallist Henry Frayne will make his Samsung Diamond League debut in Shanghai (CHN) on Saturday night, in the men’s triple jump.
The Olympic Games tipped to be “as good as Sydney” are now just 100 days away. In the quest to go faster, higher and stronger in London, Australia’s top athletes are fine-tuning their routines and battling for Olympic selection ahead of the Games of the XXX Olympiad.
Discus world champion Dani Samuels declared she was ready to take on the big girls again after producing her biggest throw in two years at the national athletics championships in Melbourne.
Following the Melbourne Track Classic & Olympic Trials, Athletics Australia has identified a further 17 athletes for nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee in June subject to them meeting ongoing form and fitness requirements.