Georgia Winkup joins the Australian Athletics Team

Georgia Winkcup was just one of the 39 athletes announced as apart of the Australian Athletics team for Tokyo 2020 Picture: Athletics Australia - Twitter

The Australian Athletics Team for Tokyo 2020 has added 36 athletes, including 29 track stars to complete the Olympic Team.

The Australian Athletics team has grown by 36 athletes, joining the 27 announced previously. Were 29 track athletes named today, along with seven athletes to compete in the field events.

The announcement includes experienced track athletes, with Jeff Riseley qualifying for his fourth Olympics, and Dave McNeill qualifying for his third Games. Riseley joins previously selected athletes Dani Stevens and Lisa Weightman in equalling the most Olympics by Australian Athletics team members.

The announcement also firmed up the athletes who have been added to the relay, with Bendere Oboya added to the 4x400m relay team, alongside Annaliese Rubie-Renshaw. Rubie-Renshaw is on her way to her second Games, after competing at Rio 2016.

“It hasn’t sunk in that I’ve finally been selected, it feels surreal,” Rubie-Renshaw said.

“I feel the longer you wait, the more special it feels to be selected onto a team.”

Rubie-Renshaw has battled injuries, and has been affected by the COVID-19 delay.

“Before Rio I had the benefit of being selected early on, so it’s been really different this time around,” she explained.

“I haven’t competed on an Australian team since 2018 due to a few injuries, so I’m most looking forward to walking into the stadium, whether there is a crown or there is no crowd, because after this time away, it will be really special to wear the green and gold again.”

Rubie-Renshaw also mentioned one of the peculiarities of the COVID-19 protocols that will be in place this year.

“I’m doing my final preparation at home, and when the Games start we’ll still be in Australia,” she explained.

Chef de Mission of the Australian Team, Ian Chesterman lauded all the athletes who have qualified for the largest contingent for an overseas Olympics.

“To have so many athletes qualify is a great reflection of their commitment and persistence,” Mr Chesterman said.

“It also speaks to the volumes of the tremendous support from their coaches, families, friends and Athletics Australia.”

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Three track athletes who previously qualified (including Oboya) have also had variations to their program. Oboya has been added to the 4x400m relay, and Jessica Hull will only race the 1500m, after previously being named in the 5000m.

Stewart McSweyn, who recently ran the fastest mile in the world this year, and has been in hot form racing recently has withdrawn from the 5000m and the 10,000m to focus on the 1500m, after qualifying in all three events.

The changes leave Australia with three athletes in each of the men’s and women’s 1500m race, including Linden Hall and Jye Edwards who previously were named, and Georgia Griffith and Ollie Hoare who were named today.

Full Australian Athletics Track Team

Liam AdamsMarathon2nd (2016)
Hana Basic100mDebut
Izzy Batt-Doyle5000mDebut
Alex Beck400mDebut
Ellie Beer4x400m RelayDebut
Dane Bird-Smith20km Walk2nd (Rio 2016,Bronze)
Catriona Bisset800mDebut
Angeline Blackburn4x400m RelayDebut
Jenny Blundell5000m2nd (2016)
Peter Bol800m2nd (2016)
Rohan Browning100mDebut
Ben Buckingham3000m SteeplechaseDebut
Sarah Carli400m HurdlesDebut
Amy Cashin3000m SteeplechaseDebut
Liz Clay100m HurdlesDebut
Rhydian Cowley50km Walk2nd (2016)
Rose Davies5000mDebut
Riley Day200mDebut
Sinead DiverMarathonDebut
Cedric DublerDecathlon2nd (Rio 2016)
Jye Edwards1500mDebut
Genevieve Gregson3000m Steeplechase3rd (Rio 2016, London 2012)
Georgia Griffith1500mDebut
Linden Hall1500m2nd (2016)
Katie Hayward20km WalkDebut
Bec Henderson20km WalkDebut
Ollie Hoare1500mDebut
Nick Hough110m HurdlesDebut
Kendra Hubbard4x400m relayDebut
Jessica Hull1500mDebut
Charlie Hunter   800mDebut
Morgan McDonald5000mDebut
Dave McNeill5000m3rd (2012,2016)
Stewart McSweyn1500mDebut
Morgan Mitchell800m2nd (2016)
Ash MoloneyDecathlonDebut
Jemima Montag20km WalkDebut
Bendere Oboya400m, 4x 400m RelayDebut
Ellie PashleyMarathonDebut
Jack RaynerMarathonDebut
Jeffrey Riseley800m4th (2008, 2012, 2016)
Brett RobinsonMarathon2nd (2016)
Anneliese Rubie-Renshaw4x400m relay2nd (2016)
Steven Solomon400m2nd (2012)
Kyle Swan20km WalkDebut
Patrick Tiernan5000m, 10,000m2nd (2016)
Declan Tingay20km WalkDebut
Edward Trippas3000m SteeplechaseDebut
Lisa WeightmanMarathon4th (2008, 2012, 2016)
Georgia Winkcup3000m SteeplechaseDebut

The Athletics will run from 30 July to 8 August at Tokyo 2020.

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