KURT MULCAHY in action at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, last year. Picture: GETTY
KURT MULCAHY in action at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, last year. Picture: GETTY

Kurt still a chance

By STEVE SPINKS

FORMER Mullumbimby athlete Kurt Mulcahy is not expecting to be announced in the Australian Olympic team today.

After running seventh at the National Championships last weekend Mulcahy's expectations of earning a spot as a relay runner in the 4 x 400m team seemed to have taken a nose dive.

Today athletes who finished with A-qualifying marks after winning the National Titles will be announced on the Olympic team.

However, Mulcahy still believes he's a good chance of making the team despite running more than a second slower than his personal best at Brisbane.

"To tell you the truth I was actually pretty pleased with Brisbane," he said from the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

"It's the first time I've run through three rounds in that company and it's tough to do.

"I ran 46.40s in the heats which is only 0.40s off my personal best.

"If I had run that in the final I would have finished fourth."

Instead Mulcahy will focus on improving his personal best before the final selection date of June 23.

"That's when the majority of the team will be announced," he said.

"The top four at the moment would be Joel Milburn, Jon Steffensen, Clinton Hill and Dylan Grant.

"But they'll take six runners for the relay."

Mulcahy competed in the World Championships last year as a relay runner and believes he's a good chance to go to Beijing.

But the Olympics is not the only big prize on offer this year.

"I'm basing my program around the World Junior Championships which are in July," Mulcahy said.

"I haven't peaked yet and it's hard to do twice in a season.

"So from that perspective I'm looking to peak around the deadline and I should be running my best in May or June."

Mulcahy will contest the National Under-20s Championships at the Gold Coast in two weeks and will also look to run at a Grand Prix event in Japan and the Olympic test event at Beijing in May.



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