Joel Bee places fifth in Sydney Track Classic

SPRINTER Joel Bee finished fifth in a photo finish to the men’s 100-metre in the Sydney Track Classic on Saturday night.

Bee, from Ballarat, crossed the line in 10.44 seconds behind New South Wales’ winner Tim Leathart, who posted a time of 10.29 at Sydney Olympic Park.

The event comes a fortnight after the now Melbourne-based Bee captured the 100m-200m sprint title double at the Victorian track and field championships in Melbourne.

Ballarat Project runner Selma Kajan was ninth in the women’s 800m field.

Kenya’s world 800m champion Eunice Sum (2:01.20), New South Wales’ young gun Georgia Wassall (2:01.78) and New Zealander Angie Smith (2:02.01) each finished inside the Commonwealth Games B-standard time of 2:02.10.

Kajan clocked a time of 2:04.09. Ballarat hurdler Kate Ryan set the pace for the 800m.

Former Ballarat athlete Victoria Mitchell was eighth in the women’s 5000m with a time of 15:49.14.

Sydney was the second leg of the Australian Athletics Tour, which moves to Albert Park for the IAAF Melbourne World Challenge this Saturday.

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