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Aussies medal prospects looking good

17 July 2002

Australia’s track and field team fired out a warning to their Commonwealth rivals ahead of next week’s Games.

Tamsyn Lewis

Tamsyn Lewis will now be concentrating on Manchester 2002

Tamsyn Lewis was amongst the Aussie athletes who impressed at the IAAF Grand Prix meet in Stockholm recently. She ran her fastest time over 800m since the Sydney Olympics, clocking 2:00.24 to finish fifth.

Bronwyn Thompson defeated fellow Commonwealth competitor Elva Goulbourne of Jamaica to finish in fourth in the long jump with a leap of 6.64 metres.

Pole-vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva, who achieved her season best of 4.46 metres in Spain last week, finished seventh in her event, leaping 4.32 metres.

Ten times national triple jump champion Andrew Murphy continued to improve, this time leaping 16.73 metres to finish seventh. In the men's 1,500 metres, Youcef Abdi, fresh from setting a personal best time in Zagreb last week, finished twelfth clocking 3:38.63.

Susie Power was also back in action making her first appearance on the track since December 2001, clocking 15:42.49 to finish fourteenth in the Women's 5000m.

Attention is now being turned to Manchester with the first members of the Australian team arriving in the city to prepare ahead of the Games.

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