Echuca's Brady Threfall will compete in tomorrow's Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games selection trials.LUKE MCMANUS April 4, 2014 4:05am
Echuca’s Brady Threlfall will rub shoulders with the nation’s elite at this weekend’s Australian Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games selection trials.
Threlfall has his sights set on tomorrow night’s 5000m race at Albert Park’s Lakeside Stadium which will peg him against Olympic-class runners Ben St Lawrence, Collis Birmingham and reigning champion Cameron Page.
Threlfall witnessed Page take out last year’s event in record time (13:29) in Sydney.
Instead of racing, Threlfall watched from Olympic Park’s grandstand after missing out on qualification.
Enduring the race from the outer spurred Threlfall on to reach this year’s championships.
‘‘It should be really good, I’m really looking forward to it,’’ he said.
‘‘It will be the last 5000m race for me until November so I’m keen to give it everything.’’
It marks the second major track meet for the St Mary’s Primary School teacher in as many weeks after competing at the World Challenge event on March 22.
Threlfall said the experience gained from competing against quality athletes, including winner Isiah Keoch from Kenya, had been invaluable despite a frustrating race.
‘‘I’m a lot more chilled about this weekend, I have a lot more confidence behind me,’’ Threlfall said.
‘‘I definitely won’t be sprinting off for last place like at the World Challenge.
‘‘That race was frustrating, nothing went right for me.
‘‘I’m expecting improvement. With more people around, hopefully I can get sucked along.’’
Threlfall identified about 15 competitors that he will target during the race.
‘‘They run within a 10-second window of times which I’ve recorded in the past and that I’m confident I can run (tomorrow).
‘‘Hopefully I can sit in for 3km and then really work the last 2km home.’’
Threlfall played down his chances of national selection, saying his times would need to improve dramatically before opportunities came his way.
‘‘At this stage, if I can shave 10 seconds off my time, I will be stoked,’’ he said.
‘‘Taking chunks off my times in the years to come will be my main focus.’’
After a few days recovery, Threlfall will switch his focus to Melbourne Run for Kids the following weekend and the 2014 Stawell Gift, which kicks off on April 18.
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