Kate Ryan to be pacemaker at Sydney Track Classic

BALLARAT hurdler Kate Ryan has been called up as pacemaker for a bumper women’s 800-metre showdown at the Sydney Track Classic tonight.

The event will bolster Ryan’s preparations for the IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne next week and the Australian open track and field championships in Melbourne a fortnibght later.

She plans to run the 400m hurdles in both. A late invitation to run in Sydney is a bonus.

The exercise science university student volunteered to help on track for tonight’s Classic and was rapt to be accepted.

Sydney’s women’s 800m will feature Ballarat Project athlete Selma Kajan, a 2007 world youth competitor, Kenyan reigning world 800m champion Eunice Sum, and New South Wales’ young gun Georgia Wassall, who has posted three world junior qualifying times.

Sprinter Joel Bee will take his race to the national stage in Sydney, a fortnight after collecting Victoria’s open sprint double crown.

Bee will contest the men’s 100 metres at Olympic Park in what is the second leg of the Athletics Australia Tour.

Former Ballarat steeplechaser Victoria Mitchell will contest the women’s 5000m.

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