Brichacek has sights on Olympic qualifying time
BY DAVID POLKINGHORNE, ATHLETICS
The Canberra Times
12 Dec, 2011 04:00 AM
With another national title under her belt, Canberra runner Emily Brichacek will look to slash a couple of minutes off her 10,000m time to try to qualify for next year's London Olympics.
Brichacek took out the Australian 10,000m title in Melbourne on Saturday night, despite finishing third behind Kenyan runners Joyce Chepkirui and Emily Chebet, who both posted Olympic qualifying times.
She posted a time of 33min 2.55sec, which is about 77sec from getting a ticket to London, and beat home Jess Trengove, from South Australia, by 14.17sec.
''[The Olympic qualifying time] is a fair bit quicker but if you get in the right race and improve my fitness a bit anything's possible,'' Brichacek said.
''So I'd have to really get stuck into training now and set up a few races, possibly overseas next year, and try and get as close to that [time] as I can.''
It's been a great year so far for Brichacek, who also won the Australian cross country title in Canberra in August.
She'll have a couple of weeks off over Christmas before resuming training in the New Year.
''I'll just see how the training goes after a bit of a break but there's the NSW 5km champs [in Sydney on January 14] so I might run that and then AA [Athletics Australia] are putting on the whole athletics tour that goes to all the states in Australia,'' Brichacek said.
Her countryman Ben St Lawrence went a long way towards booking his spot on the London Olympics team by successfully defending his Australian 10,000m title at a rain-swept Lakeside Stadium.
St Lawrence was fourth across the line behind a trio of Kenyans in the feature event of the Zatopek:10 meet in a time of 28:1.68.
As he was unable to better the A qualifying standard of 27:45, the 30-year-old from Sydney did not secure automatic Olympic selection.
But having already bettered the mark when setting an Australian record of 27:24.95 in California in May, he is now all but assured of a seat on the plane to London.
The news was nowhere near as good for fellow countryman Craig Mottram, who fell off the pace with 15 laps to go on Saturday night and narrowly avoided being lapped before finishing seventh in 28:52.20.