READY TO RACE: Kurt Mulcahy, 18, of Mullumbimby, who is in Osaka, Japan, with the Australian track and field team.
READY TO RACE: Kurt Mulcahy, 18, of Mullumbimby, who is in Osaka, Japan, with the Australian track and field team.

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MULLUMBIMBY teenager Kurt Mulcahy may run in the race of his short life this weekend. Mulcahy is a member of the 4 x 400m relay team that will compete at the World Athletics Championships at Osaka, Japan. The heats for the 4 x 400m will be run today with the final tomorrow night. The final make-up of the team had not been announced last night. Mulcahy is one of a squad of five. Australia's top-ranked 400m runners, John Steffensen and Sean Wroe, are expected to run with the final two places between Mark Ormrod, Dylan Grant and Mulcahy. Mulcahy had the fastest time of the final trio and was expected to race. The 18-year-old had a run-off against Ormrod in training in Osaka recently and beat him by a second.

However, the uncertainty of racing hasn't stopped the Mullumbimby High School student from having a good time. "He's been eating out quite a bit and watching a bit of the competition but he's had to fit it in with his training," Mulcahy's mother Roslyn said. "He warmed up next to Asafa Powell (Jamaican sprinter) the other day and checked him out while he also has been keeping his eye on (Jeremy) Wariner (Olympic and World 400m champion). "

Wariner and his American team are the raging favourites to win the 4 x 400m relay. The Australians are rated some hope of snatching a medal.



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