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Hewitt, Cripp meet qualifying standards

By John Salvado 13/08/2003 07:02:54 PM Comments (0)

Australia will be represented in the women's individual sprints at the upcoming world athletics championships after Lauren Hewitt and Sharon Cripps posted qualifiers in the nick of time.

Athletics Australia has had to inform the sport's governing body of any late additions to the team.

The final squad will be made public in the morning after chairman of selectors David Culbert speaks with head coach Keith Connor, who is in Europe.

Hewitt is in 11th place on the IAAF 200m merit rankings.

But she was not included in the initial Australian team in April after injury forced her out of the national championships.

The former world championships finalist was told by selectors she had to better the B qualifying standard of 23.16 seconds to be added to the team and did it with just hours to spare in Malmo, Sweden overnight.

She clocked 23.06 to finish second behind Russian Julia Tabakova.

Cripps was third in 23.29, but that also satisfied the selection criteria as she had only to better the village entry standard of 23.35.

Hewitt has been selected in both women's relay squads, while Cripps will run the 4x100m.

No Australian women will contest the 100m at the world titles in Paris.

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