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Track and Field Catalogue

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Nicholas started photographing field events in 1956 to learn about technique for the events in his quest to become the best decathlon competitor and javelin thrower in Australia. By the time of his retirement from open competition he had held the Australian javelin record on and off for 18 years and won 9 Australian javelin titles and 3 Australian decathlon titles. In 1958 he set a Commonwealth javelin record of 71.90 metres and increased that to 81.01 metres in 1962.
In the past 20 years he has won a number Australian Masters titles and continues to compete and coach and photograph track & field.








Dmitri Markov shows how to finish a vault in total control. He is wonderful to watch at his best. GP Sydney 2000.


Viktor Chistyakov at practice in Adelaide, 2000.


Dmitri Markov has a great take off. Melbourne GP 2001


Emma George sets a new world record in The Sydney GP in February 1999. At the Olympics she vaulted 4.25m and was ranked 15th overall. One amazing sight at the games was watching Emma and Tatiana in a synchronised display when they vaulted simultaneously in separate pits as both qualified for the final! It was only possible to see this as a spectator!


Stephen Thurston runs clear of the water jump ahead of Mark Tucker and Peter Nowill. Stephen won the Olympic trial in 8:42.64 but failed to meet the qualifying standard and sadly missed selection.


Tatiana Grigorieva. Take off at GP Melbourne 2001. She swings too close to the pole too early, preventing good controlled bend that could otherwise put her into 'orbit'!


Benita Willis about to pass Richardson in the 5000m Olympic trials. Benita won by a few seconds in a time of 15:23.63.


Andrew Murphy shows the power, poise and balance needed to triple jump at the Olympic trials. His 15.98m was enough to take second place behind Tim Barnes who jumped 16.21m. Andrew went on to qualify for the Olympic final in Sydney with 17.12m. Olympic final 10th with 16.80m.


Louise Currey, wife of Andrew, looked in record-breaking form as she threw 63.59m in the second round but long delays in the event caused cooling off and she badly injured her left knee with the next throw. Louise competed at the 2000 Olympics with a knee brace and finished 31st with 53.32. In this picture the right arm is not as loose or relaxed as it should be. She is the Australian record holder with 66.80m.


Andrew Currey throws 78.33m in the Olympic trials for third place but has already qualified for a place in the team. His heart was not in this competition as throwers had to contend with continual interruptions from pole-vaulters running across their path. Andrew consistently hurls the top half of his body into the throw too early. He holds the Australian record with a throw of 86.67m.

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