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Australia ready for Kampala challenge

Australia ready for Kampala challenge

Australia has named a team of  24 athletes to battle it out at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on 26 March 2017.at Kololo Independence Grounds.

The team will be led by Brett Robinson  and Anna Kelly  after the duo won the Selection Trial in Canberra  last month.

Robinson and Kelly are joined on the automatically selected list by Stewart McSweyn , JackRayner , Emily Ryan  and Gemma Maini , with the men’s and women’s teams of six rounded out by Sam McEntee , Liam Adams , Patrick Tiernan , Bridey Delaney , Lexy Gilmour  and Virginia Moloney .

McEntee narrowly missed a top-three place at the Selection Trial and made his Olympic debut in Rio, while Adams is a two-time medallists at the World Student Cross Country Championships. Tiernan has been selected after his stunning victory at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Delaney won the Australian 10,000m Championship to close out her 2016 campaign and come into contention for selection, while Gilmour and Moloney both placed among the top-six at the Selection Trial. Moloney is the current Australian cross-country champion.

The selected teams for the boy’s and girl’s races capture the best placed finishers at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Selection Trial.

Hosted biennially, Australia has competed at every IAAF World Cross Country Championships, with Benita Willis winning individual gold at the event.

At the Guiyang 2015, Robinson delivered the best Australian performance, crossing 28th in the men’s 12-kilometre event.

Australia team

Men: Brett Robinson , Stewart McSweyn , Jack Rayner , Sam McEntee , Liam Adams , Patrick Tiernan

Women: Anna Kelly , Emily Ryan , Gemma Maini , Bridey Delaney , Lexy Gilmour , Virginia Moloney

U-20 Men: Callum McClusky , Josh Phillips , David Lean , Kieran Tall , Edward Trippas , Zachary Facioini

U-20 Women: Lauren Ryan  Courtney Hopkins , Georgia Evans , Emily Hopper , Amelia Mazza-Downie , Clio Ozanne-Jacques