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Batman wins sprint double

By John Salvado 17/02/2005 10:28:56 PM Comments (0)

Daniel Batman upstaged the biggest names in Australian sprinting and some well-credentialled international runners to win a shock 100m-200m double in the A Series meet at Olympic Park.

The former wild child of Australian athletics began the night by clocking 10.33 seconds to edge out national champion Josh Ross in the 100m.

Better was to follow in the 200m, as he set a new personal best and bettered the world championships A qualifying standard with 20.56.

Left in his wake were Australian stars Ross, Matt Shirvington and Patrick Johnson, British Olympic 4x100m gold medallist Marlon Devonish and world championship 100m finalist Kareem Streete-Thompson of the Cayman Islands.

In other action, Australia's two reigning world champions scored comfortable wins - Jana Pittman in a rare outing in the 800m and world cross-country title-holder Benita Johnson in the 5000m.

And Steven Hooker trounced Paul Burgess and Dmitri Markov to win the pole vault with a personal best of 5.75m.

But it was Batman, the former 400m specialist who has already had two brief retirements from the sport, who was the star of the night.

He still plans to target the 200m and the 4x100m relay at the World Championships in Helsinki in August, although he could be convinced to add the individual 100m to the agenda.

"I don't want to limit myself, I don't want to set a time and limit what I can do with it," he said.

"The main reason I run the 100 is to get competition in because I feel strong in the 200m."

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