Athletics: Celia Sullohern ‘on a run’ towards Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with personal best times from 5000m to marathon

WINNER: Celia Sullohern on her way to claiming the 5000m final at the n Athletics Championships in the Gold Coast on Friday night. Picture: AAPCelia Sullohern is simply “on a run”.
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That’s how Newcastle-based coach Scott Westcott described it on Monday after she was officially named in the n athletics team for April’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games fora second event.

The 25-year-old earned the extra ticket during the weekend’s n Athletics Championships at Carrara Stadium, winning the5000 metre final in a personal best time of 15 minutes and34.42 seconds.

It follows on from Sullohern’s national 10,000m title and initialGames berth fromMelbourne in December, a breakthrough Melbourne Marathon victory in October and prestigious City2Surf crown over 14km in Sydney in August.

The University of Newcastle graduate, currentlybased in Yamba, also reset her previous individual marks in all three events by stopping the clockat 32:31.22, 2:29:27 and 47.03 respectively.

“That sometimes happens a bit, you just have a run,” Westcott said.“You set personal bests for all distances that you can. It’s justsurprising that it stretches from 5km all the way up to the marathon.”

Eleebana’sBenn Harradine isone of four Aussies attendinga record-equalling fourth Games.

The discus thrower will join Sally Pearson (100m hurdles), Kathryn Mitchell (javelin) and Lauren Wells (400m) as those to wear green and gold at each Commonwealth eventsince Melbourne in 2006.

Charlestown’s Erin Cleaver and Newcastle-born Cameron Crombie were also featured on Monday’s list, but the Paralympians had already secured spots last month in the T38 long jumpand F38 shot put respectively.

Newcastle wheelchair racers Kurt Fearnley (T54 1500m and marathon) and Rheed McCracken (T34 100m) were not included among the 65 athletes, but are expected to be confirmed in the team by the end of this month.

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