Australian Athletics Championships
The Australian Athletics Championships or Australian Open Track and Field Championships are held annually to determine Australia's champion athletes in a range of athletics events. The championships are the primary qualification trial for athletes wishing to compete at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or World Championships. The event is conducted by Athletics Australia. Athletes from other countries such as New Zealand and the USA have competed in and won evets.
The championships were first held in 1890 under the name Inter Colonial Meet. The competition was staged at Moore Park in Sydney on 31 May 1890. Teams from the Australasian colonies of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand competed in the first formalised Australasian Athletics Championships meeting in 1893.
A New Zealand team continued to compete in this event until the 1927/28 event. At the next championships in 1929/30, women's events were included for the first time.
In 1933, the women began conducting their own championships, with a wider range of events. Except for occasional combined championships in 1936, 1972 and 1976, the separation of men's and women's championships continued until the 1977/78 event.
The full range of Olympic events is not usually conducted at the National Championships. During the 2007/08 season the following championship events were held separately:
- Men's and Women's 10,000 metres – Zatopek Classic – 13 December 2007
- Men's 50 kilometres race walk – Melbourne – 16 December 2007
- Women's 5000 metres – Sydney Grand Prix – 16 February 2008
- Men's 5000 metres – IAAF World Athletics Tour, Melbourne meet – 21 February 2008
- Men's and Women's 20 kilometres race walk – Melbourne – 23 February 2008
Most successful athletesEdit
List of National ChampionshipsEdit
- Athletics Australia - Selection Criteria Archived 26 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Athletics Australia - 86th National Championships Archived 18 June 2007 at Archive.today
- Athletics Australia National Championships results
- Zatopek Classic Archived 20 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Australian 50k Road Walk Championships Archived 12 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Sydney Grand Prix
- IAAF World Athletics Tour – Melbourne
- Australian 20k Road Walk Championships Archived 1 August 2008 at Archive.today
- Athletics Australia - Australian Championships Superlatives
- - women's championship only
- - men's championship only