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Canberra nurse wins trip to Uganda

Canberra nurse wins trip to Uganda

Canberra nurse Emily Ryan hopes she has finally broken her injury curse after a shock result at the Australian cross country trials earned her a guaranteed ticket to the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017 in Uganda. Ryan finished second in the women’s open 10 kilometre race at Mt Stromlo on Sunday in an event that doubled as a cross country world championship qualifier.

The top three men and women’s finishers won automatic selection for the world titles in Uganda in March while Canberra junior Callum McClusky won the boys’ 8km race and is waiting for Australia selectors to tick off on his spot.

Former Canberra runner and Rio Olympian Brett Robinson won the men’s race by just three seconds, beating training partner Stewart Mcsweyn across the line. Ryan has only recently returned to Canberra after moving to Sydney to study at university. But the Calvary Hospital nurse has teamed up with marathon coaching guru Dick Telford for the best period of her running career.

“I didn’t think I would run that well,” a shocked Ryan said “I was hoping to get into the top half of the field, but not in the top two, so I’m stoked.”

“’ve had a couple of months of injuries [last year] and not being very consistent with my training. But I knew there were quite a few people who weren’t running [at Mt Stromlo] who would probably get discretionary selection. So I knew if [I wanted to compete at the world championships] this was a good chance to get there.”

“I had a stress fracture in my foot in August last year and some other problems. But that’s about when I teamed up with Dick and I haven’t had too many injury problems since then,” Robinson, who is also targeting a track world championship berth.

Courtesy of The Daily Mill Burry