Australia's best battle it out in Sydney
Editor's Note: After hitting the Gold Coast in 2018 in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, the Aussie Nationals are back in Sydney for 2019. The week long carnival really heats up from Friday through to Sunday, and TEMPO had shooter Michael Dawson on the ground capturing some stunning imagery from key events.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4
WOMEN'S 1500m HEATS
UNDER 20 5000M FINALS - MEN AND WOMEN
South Australian Isaac Heyne made a bold statement on the start line - covered in temporary tattoo's, Isaac has been raising money for the Cancer Council in memory of his mother, who passed approximately 3 years ago.
Isaac had a night to remember, winning the 5000m final with a strong kick in the last 70m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5
WOMEN'S 800M HEATS
Catriona Bisset topped the qualifiers with a 2:03.58 in the first heat. Britt McGowan looks to be healthy again, and Morgan Mitchell continues her transition to the 800m by making her first national 800m final. Georgia Griffith and Carley Thomas (who earlier this week signed with University of Washington) also progressed through to the final.
MEN'S 1500M HEATS
The second heat was easily the quickest of the 3, with Ryan Gregson, Matthew Ramsden, and James Hansen all advancing. They join Luke Mathews as the main contenders for the final.
WOMEN'S 400M HURDLES HEATS
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
WOMEN'S 1500M FINAL
Without national record holder Linden Hall in the race, this event was a chance for someone new to stake a claim - pre-race favourites were Chloe Tighe, Bernadette Williams, and Madeline Murray.
Tighe had it all her own way for the first half of the race, before Williams took control briefly and switched up the pace. While things got messy in the pack, Tighe streaked away at the bell, opening up a 15m lead at the 200. Murray closed hard for 2nd, but the win went to a well-deserving Tighe.
MEN'S 800M FINAL
WOMEN'S 400M FINAL
Ethiopian born Sydneysider Bendere Oboya reaffirmed her status as one of Australia's brightest young stars by comfortably taking this race out for her first national title, running a 52 flat and narrowly missing the WC qualifying standard.
MEN'S 100M FINAL
A huge performance from 17 year old Edward Nketia to run a 10.22 and upset Jack Hale and Rohan Browning.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
MEN'S 3000M STEEPLECHASE
Max Stevens from Team Tempo in South Australia has made this event his own recently, with Matt Clarke also looming as a threat after moving to the steeple really in the last 6 months.
Ultimately it was Stevens who ran the smartest race, sitting off Clarke for much of the first half before taking control, and the victory, in 8:39.31. James Nipperess took 2nd.
WOMEN'S 800M FINAL
This was shaping up to be one of the biggest races on the women's card, with Georgia Griffith, Carley Thomas, Britt McGowan, and Morgan Mitchell the main contenders. But ultimately it was the big improving Catriona Bisset who not only took the win and her first national title, but also qualified for World Champs, running a 2:00.48. Georgia Griffith came in 2nd, with Mitchell 3rd. McGowan took a stumble at 400m and did not finish.
100M / 110M HURDLES
MEN'S 1500M FINAL
The race played into the hands of Luke Mathews; the field letting him dictate the pace for the first half of race, slowing it down and setting it up for a hot finish.
By the time Matt Ramsden and Ryan Gregson came up to make their moves it was too late - Mathews using his 800m speed to hold Gregson off and claim his first 1500m title.