Thursday, 27 May 2010

5 athletes added to Australian Commonwealth Games squad

Emerging race walker Jess Rothwell and four marathon runners are the latest additions to Australia's track and field squad for the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October.

Rothwell, a former world junior championships representative, gained the final berth up for grabs in the event.

The 20-year-old forced her way into the squad by finishing ninth earlier this month at the World Race Walking Cup in Mexico despite just returning from injury.

She joins Claire Tallent and Cheryl Webb in the women's 20km race in Delhi.

Marathon runners Lisa Flint, Martin Dent, Jeff Hunt and Michael Shelley were also added to the squad, joining automatic selection Lisa Weightman.

Dent is the only one with previous Commonwealth Games experience, having contested the 3000m steeplechase four years ago in Melbourne.

The squad now stands at 74 athletes, with Athletics Australia hoping to take a team of 90 athletes to India for the Games.


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