Tarli Bird makes her international debut – Ekiden Relay Team

tarli_ballaratAthletics Australia Selectors confirm Chiba Ekiden Relay team

Athletics Australia Selectors have today confirmed a team of eight for the Chiba Ekiden Relay to be held in the Japanese city of the same name on 23 November 2013.

Set to face off with athletes from across the globe, the squad, comprising four men and four women, will combine to cover the traditional 42.195km marathon distance as a team with athletes running legs of 5km, 7.195km and 10km.

Competing men are Jackson Elliott (Qld), Steve Kelly (Vic) and Anthony Aloisio (Vic, 10km), while the starting women are Bridey Delaney (NSW),Melissa Duncan (Vic) and Tarli Bird (Vic). DuerYoa (Vic) and Sophie Barker (Vic) will join the team as travelling reserves.

As three-time winner of the men’s event (1991, 1992, 1995), Australia has a strong history of success at the Chiba Ekiden Relay.

Since the introduction of the revised format in 2007, when the race became a mixed gender event with a single title up for grabs, Australia has placed seventh on three occasions (2007, 2009, 2010), and scored its highest finish to date in 2008 when it crossed the line in fifth.

Chiba Ekiden Relay
Chiba (JPN)
Saturday 23 November 2013

Men: 
Jackson Elliott (QLD) – 5km
Steve Kelly (VIC) – 10km
Anthony Aloisio (VIC) – 10km
Duer Yoa (VIC) – Reserve

Women:
Bridey Delaney (NSW) – 5km
Melissa Duncan (VIC) – 5km
Tarli Bird (VIC) – 7.195km
Sophie Barker (VIC) – Reserve

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