World Records Fall at Australian Athletics Championships

Todd Hodgetts and Kath Prodfoot set new unofficial world records in the Shot Put in Melbourne, while Kelly Cartwright and Rosemary Little had top times in the 100m events. 17 Apr 2012
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Todd Hodgetts set a new unofficial world record in the Shot Put F20 at the Australian Athletics Championships.

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At the Championships, all para-athletes were grouped together and final results were based off a points system.

Four unofficial world records were smashed at the Australian Athletics Championships last weekend (13-15 April) in Melbourne, including Kelly Cartwright’s sprint of 16.26 in the 100m T42 event.

Cartwright has said the 100m event is her top priority, and if her new time is ratified by IPC Athletics, then she would be the T42 world-record holder in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump events. Fellow Australian Michelle Errichiello had set the previous benchmark of 16.31 in the 100m T42 in 2010.

Rosemary Little, meanwhile, finished the 100m T53 event in a world-record time of 20.60 in Melbourne. Kath Proudfoot threw a new-world record distance of 10.18m in the Shot Put F36 and Todd Hodgetts all but secured his place at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with a top distance of 16.09m in the Shot Put F20 on the men’s side.

At the Championships, all para-athletes were grouped together and final results were based off a points system.

Gabriel Cole won the 100m in 11.13, reaching the ‘A’ Qualifying Standard and running a season’s best. Scott Reardon of the T42 class, who finished second in the men’s ambulant 100m, won the 200m race with a season-best and ‘A’ Qualifying Standard time of 26.83.

T46 athlete Simon Patmore turned heads with a time of 51.05 to win the men’s 400m, while Hodgetts highlighted the field events.

On the women’s side, in addition to Cartwright’s performance, T20 sprinter Stephanie Schwitzer won the 200m with a time of 26.70 and T37 sprinter Jodi Elkington won the 400m event with a time of 70.42.

Not only did Prodfoot win the Shot Put, but she also won the Discus Throw with a throw of 24.68m, finishing just ahead of Noni Thompson (F36) in both events, while Katy Parrish (F38) won the Long Jump in 4.35m.

Rheed McCracken (T34) won three of the men’s six wheelchair races, including the 100m, 200m and 1,500m distances. Angela Ballard (T53) won both the women’s 400m and 800m wheelchair events.

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