A six strong marathon will be headed by Milly Clark (NSW), Jessica Trengove (SA), and Jeff Hunt (NSW) contingent at the IAAF World Champions, today starters were confirmed by the Athletics Australia Selectors for the London 2017 42.195km race.
The selected team will be joined by Sinead Diver (Vic) Beijing 2016 starter, as well as Josh Harris (Tas) and Brad Milosevic (NSW), this ensures a complete quote of green and gold runners through the English capital’s streets.
Chairman of Selectors of Athletics Australian, Dion Russell said: “After today confirming the London 2017 selection of six marathoners, Team Australia now counts with twenty six athletes. In Australia, the marathon is one of the events that is most hotly, with fifteen women and six men eligible for consideration. To those who will have the opportunity in August to don the national uniform, I give my congratulations.”
At Rio 2016, Clark and Trengove were amongst the top 25 of the women’s marathon, while the father and IT professional, Hunter returns for the first time since the 2012 Olympics that took place five years ago which was his start in the men´s marathon to the green and gold team.
Last month, Trengove who is 29 competed at the London Marathon and stopped the clock at 2:20:01 improving her personal best at the Olympic Games last year which was a challenging outing.
Trengove said: “Getting the call saying that you have made the Australian team is always very exciting. It is always as good as when I received my very first call seven years ago confirming that I was selected for the World Half Marathon Championships. Now it is so great to be a part of the athletics team, and I am executed that later this year I will be heading over there to join them.”
“London is awesome. I have had the opportunity to run there several times and the crowds are always big, loud and extremely supportive. The course is iconic, it simply has a special feel to it and you run past history, Earlier this year finishing on the Mall at the 2012 Olympics at the marathon was amazing, and I am really looking forward to crossing the land mark which I will not have visited until this year come race day; Tower Bridge.”
“In Rio last year, I did as much work as was possible given the circumstances, it was however difficult. Arriving on the start line will be great known that I have undertaken the long runs and have completed the mileage. I will be optimistic when lining up.”
Mother-of-two; Diver debuted two years ago at the IAAF for Australia after a having taken up long distance running when she had migrated from Belmullet (IRL) to Melbourne with her young family.
Previously, Milosevic has won the City2Surf and he left his mark for the Hamburg Marathon selection, while in March at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in Japan, Harris ran a personal best at 2:17:08. Harris is a teacher from Launceston who has an eye-watering training program which weekly clocks and average of 240 kilometres.